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Shadow Banking in China: An Opportunity for Financial Reform

Shadow Banking in China: An Opportunity for Financial Reform
Wiley | Banks & Banking | July 12 2016 | ISBN-10: 1119266327 | 288 pages | pdf | 6.33 mb

by Andrew Sheng (Author), Ng Chow Soon (Author)
An authoritative guide to the rise of Chinese shadow banking and its systemic implications
Shadow Banking in China examines this rapidly growing sector in the Chinese economy, and what it means for your investments. Written by two world-class experts in Chinese banking, including the Chief Advisor to the China Banking Regulatory Commission and former Chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong, this book is unique in providing true, first-hand perspectives from authorities within the world's largest economy. There is little widely-available information on China's shadow banking developments, and much of it is rife with disparate data, inaccuracies and overblown risks due to definitional and measurement differences. This book clears the confusion by supplying accurate information, on-the-ground context and invaluable national balance sheet analysis you won't find anywhere else.

Shadow banking has grown to be a key source of credit in China, and a major component of the economy. This book serves as a primer for analysts and investors seeking real, useful information about the sector to better inform investment decisions.

Discover what's driving the growth of shadow banking in China
Learn the truth about both real and inflated risks
Dig into popular rhetoric and clarify common misconceptions
Access valuable data previously not published in English
Despite shadow banking's critical influence on the Chinese economy, there have been very few official studies and even fewer books written on the subject. Understanding China's present-day economy and forecasting its future requires an in-depth understanding of shadow banking and its inter-relationship with the banking system and other sectors. Shadow Banking in China provides authoritative reference that will prove valuable to anyone with financial interests in China.

"The Chinese economy has experienced explosive growth in debt since 2009: total gross debt reached 282% of GDP in 2014, comparable to the developed economies. Particularly striking was the increase in non-financial sector corporate credit. Non-bank lending played a significant role in that build-up. In this important volume, the authors bring this complex and opaque system into the light and put it under a magnifying glass. They identify the opportunities for expanded equity and debt funding of businesses that will drive growth in the rapidly evolving Chinese economic structure. But they also highlight the risks of improperly priced risk, poor credit cultures, implicit guarantees relying on the state balance sheet, and lax regulation. It is essential reading for those seeking to understand the evolving structure of the financial system in China and the key reforms that are urgently required at this stage."
-A. Michael Spence, Nobel laureate; Professor of economics, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business

"How serious is China's shadow banking issue? What Chinese characteristics does it have? Will it trigger the next financial crisis in China or globally? What policy measures should be adopted to address the risks in the shadow banking system? These are among a few of the most important questions examined in this book entitled Shadow Banking in China: An Opportunity for Financial Reform, edited by Andrew Sheng and Ng Chow Soon. This important book not only puts recent developments in China's shadow banking sector into proper perspective and context and identifies key Chinese characteristics underpinning the rapid growth of Chinese shadow banks, but also offers fresh insights on the interconnectivities and vulnerabilities at the sectoral level. It also provides useful policy recommendations at the macro and structural levels. The analyses are solid and comprehensive, and the conclusions are insightful and useful. I strongly recommend this top quality book to any reader interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the key risks rooted in China's shadow banking and how to sort them out, from the academic, policy and investment perspectives."
-Haizhou Huang, Managing Director, China International Capital Corporation

"Andrew Sheng, an experienced regulator with a complex systems view of finance, leads a team that investigates and sheds light for both Western and Eastern thinkers on the shadows (banks) of the Chinese financial markets. Read, learn, and marvel at how Sheng's creative mind, rigorous observation, and deep insights rise to the challenge to diagnose the fault lines of financial instability and to prescribe remedies to manage the dangers of these mysterious financial innovations in China."
-Robert Johnson, President, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET); Senior Fellow and Director, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute

"Rapid financial and technological innovation is entangling regulators everywhere in an ongoing game of 'whack-a-mole' as they struggle to keep pace with burgeoning developments in shadow banking. Nowhere is this more true than in China, and nowhere are the information flows more opaque. Sheng and Ng's study is a must for those trying to seek truth from facts."
-Simon Ogus, Founder and CEO, DSG Asia Limited
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