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Families Shift to New Investments
Chinese people may choose other investment channels instead of deposit money in the future after interest rates were cut in February, Tuesday's China Daily quotinga new survey as saying.

About 7.4 percent of those surveyed want to buy stocks, according to the survey conducted by People's Bank of China (PBOC).

The percentage is 0.2 points higher than that of the fourth quarter of last year.

China slashed interest rates by 0.25 percentage points in a bidto breathe new life into the economy in February.

It was the eighth fall announced by the central bank since May 1996.

Treasury bonds are also being snapped up by urban residents seeking to invest money, according to the survey.

About 19.6 percent of those surveyed in the questionnaires responded that they planned to put surplus income into buying treasury bonds because the investment carries less risk than buying stocks.

According to the survey, 11.6 percent of urban residents planned to invest in the insurance market.

Respondents are confident about their income prospects and mostsay their money has increased.

The survey also found urban residents were satisfied with the prices of consumer goods.

(Xinhua News Agency April 9, 2002)

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