Saturday, April 11, 2009

China’s Lending Boom

by Bill McBride on 4/11/2009 08:59:00 AM

From Bloomberg: China Loans, Money Supply Jump to Records on Stimulus

China’s new lending surged more than sixfold from a year earlier to a record 1.89 trillion yuan ($277 billion) in March ...

President Hu Jintao said April 1 that China’s 4 trillion yuan stimulus plan was taking effect, after urban fixed-asset investment surged 26.5 percent in the first two months. ...

The explosion in credit since the central bank dropped lending restrictions in November prompted the nation’s banking regulator to warn this month that lenders face a “severe” challenge in managing their risks.
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A concentration of loans in infrastructure projects is a potential hazard for banks, China Banking Regulatory Commission Vice Chairman Jiang Dingzhi wrote in the April 1 edition of China Finance, a magazine affiliated with the central bank....

“The biggest dangers to China’s economy and financial system come from within, not from outside,” Jiang Zhenghua, former vice chairman of China’s parliamentary standing committee, said at a financial conference in Beijing today. “The biggest of these hidden dangers is the degree of bad loans in China.”
Doesn't China already have too much capacity?

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