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China's new loans in Jan surge to record 2.9 trillion yuan, blow past forecasts

China's new loans in Jan surge to record 2.9 trillion yuan, blow past forecasts

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China's banks extended a record 2.9 trillion yuan ($ 458.3 billion) in new yuan loans in January, blowing past expectations and nearly five times the previous month as policymakers aim to sustain solid economic growth while reining in debt risks.While Chinese banks tend to front-load loans early in the year to get higher-quality customers and win market share, the lofty figure was even higher than the most bullish forecast by economists in a Reuters poll.Net new loans surpassed the previous record of 2.51 trillion yuan in January 2016, which is likely to support growth not only in China but may underpin liquidity globally as major Western central banks begin to withdraw stimulus.Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted new yuan loans of 2 trillion yuan, up sharply from December's 584.4 bil...