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Urbanization and Securitization: Two Key Trends to Watch in China’s Economic Rebalancing

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With around 10,000 projects now in progress throughout the country, “the urbanization process in China is one that is absolutely unprecedented in human history,” according to Zheng Xiaoping. And, while securitization is an important financing tool for urban development in China, it is also becoming key to China’s fixed-income market. Read more

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Turning Points: The Untaper and the Markets’ Reactions

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The Federal Reserve has decided against reducing its stimulus for the U.S. economy, saying it will continue to buy $85 billion a month in bonds because it thinks the economy still needs the support. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

There continue to be growing signs of a credit bubble manifesting around the globe. In the United States, it appears that credit quality is starting to slip as banks are becoming more friendly to lower credit borrows. In private equity, Blackstone sees an “epic” credit bubble. Real estate in China appears to be frothy. And, with the Federal Reserve presently unable to unwind easing, these bubbles could and should grow in magnitude materially. Read more

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