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Jan 09, 2019 03:27 AM
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Subprime Risks Are Rising in China, Experts Warn

Chinese household borrowing from banks, credit cards, financial companies and online lending platforms rises quickly. Photo: VCG
Chinese household borrowing from banks, credit cards, financial companies and online lending platforms rises quickly. Photo: VCG

As China’s household debt continues to build up despite government-led deleveraging efforts, experts are warning against an accumulation of risks similar to the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis in the U.S. that led to the Great Recession.

Ideally, household leverage – defined as the ratio of household debt to gross domestic product (GDP) – should grow at no more than 2 to 3 percentage points a year, said Zhang Xiaojing, deputy director of the Institute of Economics at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Any growth above that rate could bring big risks, he warned.

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