Skip to comments.China: Cash Crash for Wenzhou's Private Loan Network
Posted on 10/15/2011 7:29:24 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
By staff reporters Zhang Bing, Zheng Fei and Zhao Jingting 10.11.2011 14:36
Cash Crash for Wenzhou's Private Loan Network
Everyone can win and everyone can lose in a Chinese city that plays a risky game of high-interest rate, private lending
Dubbed the nation's capital of private financing, the city of Wenzhou offers a textbook example of how non-bank lending has fueled private sector prosperity and risk-taking in China.
A recent central bank survey said about 60 percent of all local businesses and the vast majority of households are interconnected through the city's private lending system. a
It's a tight financial network that interweaves lenders and borrowers collectively, often to their mutual benefit and sometimes to their terrible loss.
If only a few debt-ridden companies collapse because they can't afford to repay the high-rate, short-term loans they've gotten from private lenders in the network, the ensuing financial trouble can ripple through the entire credit-connected community, exempting few from turmoil.
Since early this year, according to the Wenzhou Public Security Bureau, some major Wenzhou-area private company owners have fled creditors to avoid repaying loans. In each of these cases, though, the system survived relatively unscathed, and community dealmaking continued.
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