But in China, such grand statements usually precede reality by years, decades or worse.
The central bank might take more inaction when lenders need it, meaning the case last month was the start of a trend. Or the injury inflicted on lenders could prove a one-off move, only to scare banks into a healthier lifestyle.
In that case, interbank liquidity would rise, rates would fall and money would flow once again into investments -- and probably derivatives. To extend the medical metaphor, that means back to smoking and drinking.
"Once that reminder has been sent out, so policymakers move on," says James Berkeley, managing director of London-based management advisory service Ellice Consulting. "My multinational clients and investors' overwhelming response was that this had been a planned move at the outset. As for the future, without hard evidence, it is too early to tell what further action may be taken."
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