Banks in China Told to Set Aside More Funds

Regulator said to ask some smaller banks to strengthen liquidity management to avoid a cash shortfall.

China’s banking regulator ordered some of the nation’s smaller lenders to set aside more funds to avoid a cash shortfall, three people with knowledge of the matter said, signaling rising concern that defaults may climb.

China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) branches asked some city commercial banks and rural lenders to strengthen liquidity management this year, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. Different requirements are being instituted by province, such as quarterly stress tests, after CBRC studies last year showed increasing risks at those lenders, the people said.

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