China Has A Housing Bubble In "Some Cities", PBOC Admits

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While US central bankers shudder at the idea of admitting their could be a bubble in real estate or stocks (unless its obvious in hindsight); and England's Bank of England explains 'if there is a bubble, it's not their fault, but there isn't so there'; it appears the Chinese are more comfortable with the truth. As Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports, China's central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan said, China may have a housing bubble only in “some cities,” - an issue that’s difficult to resolve with a single nationwide policy. As concerns mount of dramatic over-supply on the back of extrapolated urbanization dreams, Zhou notes, “The economy has slowed down a bit, but not very much," adding that "we should keep vigilance on whether it continues to slow down." Which is odd because US talking heads have made up their minds that China is fixed...

 

As Bloomberg reports,

China may have a housing bubble only in “some cities,” a issue that’s difficult to resolve with a single nationwide policy, the nation’s central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan said.

 

China is a big country with multiple housing markets, many of which are still drawing new inhabitants from the countryside, Zhou said yesterday in an interview in Kigali, Rwanda, where he was attending the African Development Bank’s annual meeting.

 

“China is still in the process of urbanization, so there may be some kind of volatility in the supply-demand relationship,” Zhou said. “But if you look at the medium-term of urbanization, I think we still have a very good market for home sectors.”

 

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“The economy has slowed down a bit, but not very much,” Zhou said. “We should keep vigilance on whether it continues to slow down.”

Which is exactly what PMI showed - a nation still in contraction on  Flash PMI basis - but of course, that doesn't matter to the machines and the meme...