The five-year reading for the latest round of benchmark interest rates in China has seen a 15 basis point decline.
The loan prime rates (LPR) published on 20 May were 3.7% for the one-year rate, and 4.45% for the five-year rate.
While the one-year reading was on par with April, the five-year rate of 4.45% marks a decline of 15 basis points compared to the reading of 4.6% last month.
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.