China Review News (CRN) recently published a commentary that discussed the newly released currency supply level number. According to China’s central bank, February’s M2 number reached RMB 99.86 trillion, which represents a 15.2 percent increase over last year. M2 is a broader classification of money supply. Economists use M2 when looking to quantify the amount of money in circulation. The Chinese central bank expressed a strong intent to manage the risk of inflation. The new number set a record for the money supply in Chinese history. It is also the highest in the world, which is 1.5 times higher than the U.S. Dollar. However the author of the commentary suggested that China needed to print more money to satisfy the rapid increase in currency demand in the services industry, which includes the financial sector that historically has suffered low-efficiency. In spite of some special cases that temporarily created currency demand, the article called for more conservative money supply policies.
Source: China Review News, March 16, 2013