FinanceAsia Magazine

Issue: July 2013

After the storm

China’s credit crunch highlighted several surprising factors: the authorities’ determination to push through reform and the central bank’s clumsiness in carrying out the task.

The People’s Bank of China deliberately starved the banking system of cash at a time when it was most needed in order to teach the banks to stand on their own. The result was a spectacular credit crunch, albeit brief. Ripple effects spread through financial markets, beyond the expectation and control of authorities.

What particularly irked bankers and unnerved investors was that the central bank made such a dramatic move without flagging its intentions beforehand.

China, of course has to force its banks to be more efficient ahead of fully opening its capital account — if it didn’t the resulting financial chaos would be politically damaging for the country’s leaders. However, it needs to consider its next move more carefully.

One test of its new found fondness for market forces in the finan- cial sector would be distress at a bank, many of whose products are seen by investors as government-guaranteed.

We can expect more hiccups and market volatility along the way. Companies with operations in China and investors in the region’s capital markets need to understand China’s timetable for opening its capital account, how it will happen and what still needs to be done.

To help, we have written about China’s timetable for convertibility on Page 25, the future of Chinese banks on Page 20, and how the infrastructure for handling renminbi is slotting into place around the globe on Page 36.

Alison Tudor-Ackroyd


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Data Story
We look at the key data behind a topical theme in Asian finance, showcased with an array of graphs and tables.

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Investor Dialogue
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People on the Move
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Deal Tracker
We examine the major primary markets deals of the month and comment on the quality of the debt or equity transaction and the secondary market performance.

The Arts of Finance
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