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How risky are wealth management products?

Concern over the risk inherent in the wealth management product segment of the financial industry is growing. We assess risk levels in the industry.

21 March 2013

Bank deposit drought could prompt trust U-turn

Chinese regulators may loosen restrictions on trust products to ensure sufficient bank deposits to sustain lending, further accelerating the trust industry’s rapid rise.

08 March 2012

Liquidity loosening underway to forestall defaults

The authorities have begun 2012 by showing an intent to keep defaults to a minimum in both property and LGFV segments to avoid systemic risk.

09 February 2012

Wenzhou – where the bailouts start

The readiness of Beijing to order rescue efforts for Wenzhou companies hit by the shadow banking crisis is representative of a wider imperative to launch assistance initiatives in several parts of the economy.

20 October 2011

Beware a crisis in underground banking

As things stand, there appears to be little to prevent the clear stress in the underground banking system from developing into private enterprise crisis.

16 June 2011

Central bank moves to contain liquidity

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) injected a net Rmb 28bn through open market operations this week, signalling a neutral to loose liquidity posture at the start of a month in which Rmb 900bn in central bank bills is due to mature. The move ends four consecutive weeks of withdrawals totalling Rmb 315bn.

08 April 2011

Bank net interest income may escape unscathed

Banks’ borrowing costs have been rising by a greater margin than lending rates due to three asymmetric interest rate hikes. But what does this mean for net-interest income?

24 March 2011

Borrowing costs for individuals and SMEs surge

Banks are seeking to offset lost revenues from reserve requirement ratio hikes and other factors by hiking borrowing rates for individuals and SMEs.

10 March 2011

Liquidity tension surges

Pressure on the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), central bank, to adopt further "prudence" in its monetary policy heightened this week as liquidity tensions surged and inflation expectations returned.

26 November 2010

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