China’s corporate debt is rising fast, and is estimated to be between 145% and 170% of GDP, which is “very high by any measure,” according to the IMF. In most countries this would herald a wave of bankruptcies and be considered a lead indicator for an imminent correction. But in China, analysts are not so sure because the government has a high level of control and a low tolerance for slow growth. People also believe there will not be an imminent financial crisis because the government is the ultimate underwriter.
Slow growth in the Chinese economy will put pressure on local governments’ ability to repay their debts.
Does China’s debt, which refuses to stop growing, threaten to take the show off the road?
This week, new data on the Chinese economy painted a bleak picture; the Shanghai Composite Index surged (again); and a Chinese company bought Segway.
As the global economy looks to emerging markets for growth, investors rush in for the high yields of emerging market bonds. But what about the risks?
Carnegie Endowment’s Yukon Huang offers a new perspective and demystifies some popular notions about China, such as fears about the real estate bubble.
The week that was: Apple is making a comeback and beating Samsung in China; China has a debt-to-GDP ratio of a whopping 251%; and fast food giants find themselves battling a new food scandal. Will Apple eat Samsung’s pie? Although the earnings report of Apple’s third fiscal quarter of 2014 (Apple’s fiscal quarter runs from end […]
Local government debt in China is spinning out of control. A look at the most indebted cities in China and the size of their debts. Nearly everyone agrees that China has a serious local debt problem, some would even call it a crisis, one which the State Council addressed in a highly anticipated report released last summer. […]
The week that was: China’s growth slows further; financial regulators wrangle over debt problems; and meat processing company Shuanghai International (now known as WH Group) prepares to list in Hong Kong. China prepares for slower growth More signs of a slowing Chinese economy this week—imports and exports fell by 11.3% and 6.6% year-on-year in March, surprising […]
You are invited to download the March 2014 issue of CKGSB Magazine. You’ll enjoy articles and interviews like: COVER STORY The Money Matrix: As Chinese consumers show an increasing preference for easy-to-use internet finance, what will happen to traditional banks? SNAPSHOT: China’s Crushing Debt: How serious is China’s local debt problem? A look at the ticking time bomb. […]