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As Number of Microlenders in China Grow, So Do Risks

By Wu Hongyuran, Yang Qiaoling and Leng Cheng

In China, even department stores are getting into microlending these days.

Facing a crowded market, lenders are growing unconventional in their scramble for funds to meet swelling demand. The conventional fundraising method for microlenders is to raise funds from their own shareholders and venture capital investors, although China’s consumer-finance market has grown so quickly that trusts and smaller banks are now flocking to the sector.

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