China cuts benchmark lending rate amid real estate crisis

World Economy

China’s central bank cut its benchmark lending rate Monday for the second time this year to cope with a real estate crisis, after major property developer China Evergrande Group filed for bankruptcy in a U.S. court last week.

The People’s Bank of China said it has lowered the one-year loan prime rate by 0.10 percentage point to 3.45 percent, following a cut in June. The five-year loan prime rate -- the benchmark mortgage interest rate -- was left unchanged at 4.2 percent.

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