Last week's PBOC rate cut looks like a step to ending Chinese banks' comfy 3-6-3 arrangement...

|By:, SA News Editor

Last week's PBOC rate cut looks like a step to ending Chinese banks' comfy 3-6-3 arrangement (borrow at 3%, lend at 6%, golf course by 3). A major step towards a market-oriented interest rate regime, the central bank now allows lenders to offer up to a 20% discount from the state-mandated rate, a move expected to shave cushy profit margins.