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Recovery in Question as GDP Growth Slows

China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported disappointing first quarter GDP growth of 7.7 percent on Monday, according to Reuters: Many investors had anticipated a possible surprise on the upside, with growth faster...

CDT Money: Bridging The Great Divide

During a week in which Xinhua News called out the resentment brewing in China over the country’s “yawning wealth gap”, and the China Daily reported that Premier Wen Jiabao told a State Council economic...

September Economic Data Exceeds Expectations

Economic data released over the weekend indicated that China’s economy may have begun to stabilize in September, as both the trade surplus and money supply grew more than estimated and inflation fell to its slowest pace in...

Banks, Insurers Swimming Different Currents

Following last weekend’s interest rate cuts by The People’s Bank of China, which signaled a move toward a more market-based banking system, The Wall Street Journal reports that China’s banks will likely feel...

Bank Lending Rises in May

Despite reports by state media last month that China’s “Big Four” banks had made almost no new loans in the first half of May, Reuters reports that bank lending for the month rose more than expected: New loans...

CDT Money: Game On

Under a cloud cover of speculation about a potential fiscal stimulus package, China’s central bank announced a 25 basis point cut to lending and deposit rates on Thursday, its first interest rate cut since late 2008 and...

CDT Money: Stimulus 2.0?

After the Chinese government stepped up public statements in support of a stimulus to aid its sputtering economy, analysts and investors are now left to speculate what form a potential fiscal package may take. State media,...

CDT Money: Waiting For The Bottom

The People’s Bank of China announced a 50 bps cut in the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for commercial lenders on Saturday as it stepped up efforts to boost growth amid signs of a weakening economy. The second such cut...

CDT Money: Tale of Two Economies

Mixed messages continue to emerge about the state of China’s economy, after an official reading of China’s manufacturing sector defied a negative preliminary forecast and signaled a rebound in factory activity in...

CDT Money: Uneasy Status Quo?

In a week dominated by the political drama surrounding the dismissal of embattled Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, speculation continued over possible monetary easing despite mixed messages from officials as they seek to...

China’s FDI Falls Again

Bloomberg reports that foreign direct investment (FDI) in China fell for a fourth straight month in February: Investment declined 0.9 percent to $7.73 billion last month from a year earlier, the Ministry of Commerce said in a...

PBOC Hints at Near-Term Loosening

A week after Premier Wen Jiabao opened the National People’s Congress by lowering China’s 2012 GDP growth target, and only a couple days after China announced its largest trade deficit in more than a decade,...

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