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According to analysts at Nomura, as the China’s domestic slowdown may be worse than expected and considering the potential fallout from a trade war, they expect Beijing to roll out more easing measures, both monetary and fiscal, to boost domestic demand and maintain stable growth.

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“After the recent reserve requirement ratio (RRR) cut, which went into effect on 5 July, there have been further signs of policy easing in recent weeks, including a possible postponement of the release of new rules on banks’ wealth management products (WMPs), adjustments to an anti-pollution campaign that was deemed too stringent in its past “one-size-fits-all” approach, some softening in the government’s deleveraging drive and, more importantly, a softening in the regulations of the shantytown renovation program.”

“We believe more easing measures are likely in H2, including:  

  • At least one more RRR cut this year, likely 100bp;  
  • Increasing commercial bank loan quotas;  
  • More direct funding from either pledged supplementary lending (PSL; China’s version of QE, earmarked for housing in low-tier cities) or central and local government special bonds.
  • Leaving policy and quasi-policy rates unchanged despite further Fed rate hikes;
  • Faster fiscal spending at the central and local government levels, underpinned by faster issuance of Treasury and local government bonds;  
  • Easing restrictions on quasi-fiscal measures for infrastructure investment, such as public-private partnership (PPP) projects and policy-bank lending;  
  • The central government implicitly allowing some major Chinese cities to ease their property price controls and scrap other measures that distort the property market.”