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The tough issue: shadow banking – Sara Hsu

Financial analyst Sara Hsu looks at the new chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), Guo Shuqing, and the man he replaces, Shang Fulin. What has Shang done to deal with this murky financial sector, and can Guo do better, she wonders in Asia Times.

A new approach for shadow banking? – Sara Hsu

The appointment of Guo Shuqing as chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) raises expectation of a new approach of the shadow banking sector, says financial expert Sara Hsu in the East Asia Forum.

And the real estate bubble persists – Sara Hsu

Efforts by China´s financial authorities to tame its real estate sector failed, mostly because China´s investors have few venues to make money, says shadow banking expert Sara Hsu in the EastAsia Forum.

Financial experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

Now a massive row of Chinese companies, including Alibaba, are preparing for IPO´s, both at home at abroad, insights in China´s financial industry are more important than ever,

The government wants to allow market forces to decide what financial direction the country is taking, and because more than even capital is owned by Chinese citizens, just looking at what the central government in Beijing is doing, is not longer good enough.

Zombie firms: some might die – Sara Hsu

Chinese authorities have started to crack down on zombie firms, firms that mostly exist in name. A good sign, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat, but there might be huge differences between provinces, she warns, as the government also wants to avoid job losses.

Can China afford sustainable healthcare? – Sara Hsu

Already underfunded and facing a fast aging population, healthcare in China is under pressure. Financial analyst Sara Hsu sees some encouraging tests in keeping costs down, but many more reforms are needed to pass the test, she writes in the Diplomat.

Robots are bad news for low-income jobs – Sara Hsu

China and especially Foxconn has been taking the lead in replacing labor by robots in manufacturing. Especially for the low-income jobs that might be bad news, says financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. Job creating in the right sector is not going fast enough.

P2P in China, a huge opportunity, also for criminals – Sara Hsu

Peer-to-peer lending got quite some coverage in China´s media, both as a huge business opportunity, and as an attractive criminal operation ground, says financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. Authorities have tried to crack down on crime, but are also afraid to kill a good business.

Is China heading for lower growth? – Sara Hsu

An anonymous top-official suggested that China´s economy was heading for L-growth, jargon very few looked into, says financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. She suggests L-growth might even imply a lower growth than currently implied.

Auto industry booms in a slowing economy – Sara Hsu

The Beijing Auto Show was an exceptional bright spot during an economic slowdown that is worrying many, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat.”We can expect China’s auto industry to keep moving.”