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Tag Archives: Asia

“Magic” Collateral: A Frank Look At The Sheer Credit Horror About To Be Unleashed In China

China is an amazing political and economic entity. Watching it is fascinating.

Is it slowing? How much? Is it a lot? Is it a lot more than even the pessimists think? Is the Chinese banking system looking at a “black hole moment”? Can the banks be bailed out by the Chinese central bank without setting off a worldwide economic wildfire? No one knows the answer to these questions, including the powers that be in China.

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Shadows falling in China? Credit tightens, desperate municipalities seek funding from “alternative” sources

This could be a good thing overall for China as the “alternative sources,” trusts, what is often called the “shadow banking system,” might actually be a stabilizing and limiting force in the economy. The rates of interest on loans through the shadow banking system are much higher than what municipalities can obtain through traditional lenders, and probably more accurately reflect the real risk of loans. (Which are considerable it appears.)

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