Reigning in: China continues NPL crackdown

Author: | Published: 5 Mar 2018

China is implementing a flurry of regulations to manage its non-performing loan (NPL) crisis. The IMF estimates the country's non-financial sector debt will exceed 290% of GDP by 2022, up from 235% in 2016. According to one of the country's four national state-owned asset management companies China Orient Asset Management, NPLs reached RMB1.7 trillion ($270 billion) at the end of 2017 and are expected not to stop growing until 2019 at the earliest. The emergence of zombie banks lending to zombie companies has...