China’s loan prime rate (LPR) has remained unchanged for the tenth consecutive month in February 2021, just following the close of the Lunar New Year vacation.
The LPR’s issued by China’s National Interbank Funding Center (全国银行间同业拆借中心) on 20 February were 3.85% for the one year LPR and 4.65% for the five year LPR – the same as the readings for January.
China’s LPR’s have remained at the same level since 20 April, when the one year LPR fell by 20 basis points compared to the March reading of 4.05%, and the five year LPR fell by 10 basis points from 4.75%.
The LPR in China is the lending rate provided by commercial banks to their highest quality customers, and serves as the benchmark for rates provided for other loans.
The National Interbank Funding Center serves as the designated publisher of the LPR, and releases the figures at 9:30 am on the 20th of each month, after first collecting quotes from the group of reporting banks and calculating the average of these quotes following exclusion of the lowest and highest quotes.