Monday, July 05, 2010

Rogoff sees "Collapse" in China's Property Market

by Bill McBride on 7/05/2010 08:29:00 PM

From Bloomberg: China Property Market Beginning Collapse That May Hit Banks, Rogoff Says (ht jb)

“You’re starting to see that collapse in property and it’s going to hit the banking system,” [Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard University professor and former chief economist of the IMF] said today [in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong].
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He also said that while recoveries across the global economy are “very slow,” the danger of a return to recession isn’t “elevated.”
It appears Rogoff is talking about a "collapse" in sales, but price frequently follows volume in real estate - so perhaps he is also talking about a steep decline in prices.

Note: Here is the weekly summary and a look ahead (with plenty of graphs from last week).

The Nikkei is off about 1.5% in early trading.

And from CNBC: Pre-Market Data shows the S&P 500 off over 1% (close to breaking under 1000) and Dow futures are off about 110 points.

Best to all.