China Economy


China booms. Not

China has released its May data and the news is boom! Not. The data is so distorted by COVD base effects that it’s still very difficult to read. Simple year-on-year and year-to-date comparisons looks outrageously good. Year-to-date growth to the end of May is 17.8% for industrial production, 25.7% for fixed asset investment and 15.4%


Chinese construction sector crashes

As expected, China continues its systemic push towards tighter credit and economic restructuring away from construction. This time it’s wealth management products, an old favourite for developers to raise cash: Highly rated WMP will be prevented from buying junk debt from developers. This addresses the underlying duration mismatch. $400bn in junk debt will need to


Wild Chinese inflation all commodities bubble

Chinese inflation out today. CPI barely worth mentioning. The PPI is where the action is: In May , international crude oil, iron ore, non-ferrous metals and other bulk commodities prices rose sharply, domestic demand recovered steadily, and China’s industrial product prices continued to rise. Here’s the detail: It’s all steel and oil. Undoubtedly, China put a


Chinese mega-developers begin to crack

Lordy, already! A few months of three red lines policy and the titans totter. China’s largest property developer, Evergrande, is increasingly on the nose for credit markets: And equity markets: Regulators have instructed Evergrande counterparties to stress test their exposures. Evergrande denies any wrongdoing in its partly-owned Shengjing Bank Co, as well as heavy discounting


Chinese local governments set to storm debt markets?

Readers will recall that there has been something a mystery in some components of the very steep slowdown in Chinese debt issuance over the last four months. Most pointedly, local government borrowing, which accounts for a lot of infrastructure and property investment, cratered 80% year on year in the four months to April despite having


Lombard: China property bust imminent

TSLombard with the note: Property investment slump. Real estate investment is set to slow in H2/21 on tighter credit and higher input costs. Falling land sales will hit local government revenue and investment. Beijing will welcome a property FAI slowdown as officials battle to rebalance the economy and curb soaring China PPI. After leading the


China’s demographic doom arrives early

Demographics is destiny, they say. A young demographic bulge provides a strong tailwind for economic growth. An aging demographic bulge is an equally strong headwind. Alas for China it is increasingly the latter and more so than anybody previous thought: China has shifted to a three-child policy. COVID crushed its birth rate. This has brought


China keeps jackboot on lending

HSBC with the note: Slower total social financing (TSF) growth, mainly due to a higher base last year, has likely led to tightened monetary conditions; but the structure of lending is improving with still robust mid-and long-term lending to support the real economy. We expect outstanding RMB lending to stay steady at 12.3% y-o-y in


China PMIs stable

Via China’s NBS: In May , China’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index ( PMI ) was 51.0% , slightly lower than 0.1 percentage point last month , and continued to be above the threshold. The manufacturing industry maintained steady expansion. From the perspective of enterprise scale, the PMI of large and medium-sized enterprises was 51.8% and 51.1% , respectively , up 0.1 and 0.8 percentage


Goldman: Buy commodities, China irrelevant

Because this time “it’s different”. Last night witnessed some aggressive rebounds in commodity prices thanks, in part, to a new Goldman note assuaging rising concerns for commodity prices emanating from the imminent Chinese slowdown. There are some days when Wall Street really does take the cake. Buy the China led dip. The bullish commodity thesis


More signs China is slowing fast

Credit tightening and regulation across property sectors taking effect. Mizuho with the note. Exports still booming: But domestic demand faltering as property and car sales retrench: Yields falling: Spreads widening in junk: Bloomberg has a few more indicators: Prepare to plunge to a stone-cold 1 in property sectors and a lukewarm 3-4 for the broader


Goldman: China to keep the pressure on property

The panic about commodity prices has reached a new level of silliness at Bloomberg this morning: Despite Beijing’s best efforts, asset bubbles are forming in China. Home prices are soaring, prompting officials to revive the idea of a national property tax. A surge in raw material prices spurred pledges to increase domestic supply, toughen market oversight, and crack


China’s skyscraper index literally crumbles

Readers will recall the Skyscraper Index, that colossal monument to human folly which so often predicts imminent recession for those that dare build to the heavens. In China, it is literally crumbling: The US consulate has warned Americans to steer clear of a shaking Shenzon skyscraper. There was no earthquake. Shenzen has 297 buildings above


A global deflationary shock is building in China

Societe Generale with the note: The economic recovery in China continued in April but remained uneven. Growth in the industrial sector softened albeit at a still healthy pace, while services failed to strengthen further despite the containment of COVID-19. On the demand side, manufacturing and property investment quickened, but infrastructure investment slowed, probably due to


Chinese growth powers but iron ore air pocket appears

It’s beginning to play out as expected. Chinese headline growth for April was absolutely fine with year-to-date numbers still wildly distorted but falling back to earth roughly in line with expectations. Industrial production was 9.8%, retail sales 17.7% and fixed asset investment at 19.9% from last year’s depressed levels: At first glance, even construction sectors


Daily iron ore price update (China census demographic doom)

The ferrous complex calmed down a little yesterday after Chinese regulatory intervention but oftentimes it takes more than one hammer to hit the iron ore nail so expect further moves. Spot eased. Paper firmed overnight. Steel waltzed straight through: In data new, Brazilian April exports were soft as expected, up only 7.5% over the year.


China taps into the best and worst of the internet

An extraordinary convergence of everything that is good and bad is underway in China’s technology sectors. On the one hand, monopolies are being curtailed to establish a competitive market structure that may be able to deliver the innovation and growth outcomes that China needs in its development phase. On the other hand, the historical power


China grows old before it gets rich

China’s ageing population has long been considered the economy’s number one long-term headwind. The ‘One Child Policy’ implemented in the 1970s and abolished in 2016 was credited with preventing some 400 million births between 1979 to 2010. The policy initially created a demographic structure that was ideal for economic growth, since China had a large


China’s demographic time bomb is rigged to blow

Even before COVID, China was facing stiff headwinds from an ageing population. These headwinds stem from the nation’s ‘one child policy’, which came into effect in the early-1970s and was credited with preventing around 400 million births from 1979 to 2010. The ‘one child policy’ initially produced a population pyramid that was optimal to economic growth,