Poll: Are the Sell-Off in Chinese Stocks and the Efforts to Restrain Shadow Lending Signs of Troubles Ahead?

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In a poll conducted earlier this week in the CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief, we asked readers whether the recent sell-off in Chinese stocks and moves by the People’s Bank of China to restrain shadow lending are signs of greater troubles ahead.


Are the sharp sell-off in Chinese stocks and the efforts to restrain shadow lending by the People’s Bank of China signs of greater troubles ahead for the Chinese economy?
Poll: Are the sharp sell-off in Chinese stocks and the efforts to restrain shadow lending by the People's Bank of China signs of greater troubles ahead for the Chinese economy?


The People’s Bank of China recently embarked on a strategy to limit so-called shadow lending throughout the Chinese economy. The PBOC has specifically asked commercial lenders to focus on lending into the “real” economy and to avoid lending for “financial speculation.” Consequently, commercial lending rates have risen dramatically, and the formal banking system has endured a severe liquidity crunch, which required massive liquidity injections from the PBOC.

This event joins other signs of the weakening of the Chinese economy and has sent shares of Chinese stocks into bear market territory. It appears that investors have not only noticed but also expect further deterioration of the Chinese economy. Of the 897 respondents to our poll, about 60% expect further deterioration of the Chinese economy and/or ongoing weakness in Chinese share prices. Other respondents indicated that they think the direction of China is unclear at this point (25%), which leaves only 15% of respondents who are bullish on China.


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One comment on “Poll: Are the Sell-Off in Chinese Stocks and the Efforts to Restrain Shadow Lending Signs of Troubles Ahead?

  1. Stephen Hinch said:

    I am sorry I missed this poll, but what it lacked was the ability to comment the sell of. What is missed is the fact that the markets in China had already been weak, the Shanghai Composite has been down since May 2011 and had already failed a a weak attempt to reverse this trend.
    The Hang Seng had already peaked in Jan this year and was selling off and still has some downside to go. The market reaction this time much the same across Asia was the increase in capital outflow from driven by foreign fund managers as they rebalanced from risk/on to risk/off due to the Feds comments. In Thailand for example net selling increased from 50% of foreign volume to 59% and as they make up almost 40% of daily volume there was a considerable correction. This same reaction could be seen across most emerging markets where foreign capital has been flowing, including China. I believe after working in the is region for a very long time that China will still outpace most economies in GDP growth and the the PBOC simply used the timing of the Fed market turmoil to drive home the changes needed in their banking system.
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