Financial "Collateral Damage" Highlights China's And Fed's Impossible Task

Authored by Mike Shedlock via,

Variant Perception notes China Broad Credit Growth Slows to Zero. The side effect is a huge amount of collateral damage.

The recent tightening of credit we have seen in China is primarily aimed at clamping down on shadow financing. Wealth management products have rapidly grown in size, from only 8% of total banking deposits in 2012 to over 20% today.




The top chart shows China’s banks’ claims on non-banks, which is where a lot of shadow financing shows up. As we can see, growth in this category has fallen precipitously from 70% YoY to 20% today.


However, there is collateral damage from this tightening. For one, bank-lending rates are starting to rise as their cost of funding rises (bottom-left chart). Policymakers in China want to confine the rise in rates in to the interbank market, but this a next-to-impossible task. Too great a rise in lending rates would feed negatively into the real economy.


Moreover, as the bottom-right chart shows, tightening has led to broad credit growth falling to near to 0% on a 3-month basis. A negative second derivative in credit must be watched for any inhibitive effects it may have on economic growth – especially in a country so heavily credit-dependent such as China. A negative first derivative in credit, as we are on the cusp of today, leaves economic growth even more fragile.

Impossible Task

I don’t agree with VP analysis on everything, but I do agree on most things. I find this report spot-on.

China has an impossible task of slowing its shadow banking sector running rampant and maintaining growth.

China’s Dilemma 

I do not know what China will ultimately choose, but something has to give one way or another.

China’s unpleasant choice is a bubble bust now or a bigger bubble and a bigger bust later.

By the way, the Fed faces a similar unpleasant choice, as do central banks in general. Asset bubbles are everywhere.


ilovetexas Sat, 07/08/2017 - 17:03 Permalink

What if Chinese has a lot of cash?Do you know for a lot of middle class Chinese, salary is not a major portion of their take-home pay?They borrow, not because they are lack of cash. They borrow, because credit is cheap.

navy62802 Sat, 07/08/2017 - 17:15 Permalink

We could have a nuclear war tomorrow, and I believe the VIX would stay put. These markets are entirely artificial and do not reflect actual business activity.

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Let it Go Sun, 07/09/2017 - 07:07 Permalink

Almost a decade ago Ben Bernanke as Fed Chairman, started us down the path of quantitative easing and artificially low-interest rates. A great deal was made of his having studied the great depression era and claims he knew how to avoid a great deal of financial pain.Today we find we are still trapped in the box Ben Bernanke built with no way out, compounding our problems is the fact we never received the promised economic growth promised to flow from his financial remedy. The article below explores this situation.