Crucial Primer on China’s Shadow Banking Explosion

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Ask ten random financial professionals what they’re most worried about for 2014 and more than half of them will say China, at least according to Merrill’s recent poll of global PMs managing a collective half a trillion dollars in wealth.

Specifically, what they’re concerned with is a hard landing for the economy (meaning GDP growth slamming down into the 6% range) or a banking crisis with cascading defaults or some combination of the two at the same time – aka, the Chinese Lehman Moment.

There are lots of interesting opinions on both sides of the topic. Before forming your own, take a look at this excellent primer on exactly what’s going on in the Chinese banking system from Quartz reporter  Gwynn Guilford:

Five charts to explain China’s shadow banking system, and how it could make a slowdown even uglier (Quartz)

 

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