Bloomberg TV Interview – Huarong and the Economy April 16th, 2021, 12:48 PM GMT+0800 Orient Capital Research MD Andrew Collier shares his views on the possibility of China rescuing its biggest distressed asset manager, Huarong. Collier, a former President of the Bank of China International USA, believes that China will protect Huarong, however smaller, local AMCs are more vulnerable. He speaks to […]

Huarong and China’s Economy

Global Source Partners China’s State Council Tuesday issued a decree ordering a “deepening” of reform of the budget management system. The key point is an order to reduce financial risk and increase transparency of local government finance. This order follows the recent cancellation of the Ant Group IPO and stricter regulations of Ant’s online financial […]

No Signs of Credit Restraint inChina

No signs of credit restraint in China Andrew Collier | Mar 24, 2021 Executive Summary There is widespread talk within Beijing following the leadership meetings about a return to lower credit growth following years of excesses. This is being echoed by the western media. The Financial Times just published a piece saying that Xi Jinping […]

Predictions for China 2021

I am making four predictions for China in 2021: Weakening of the RMB Weaker economic conditions Real deleveraging Pressure on local bonds. Capital inflows have been substantial, helping to reinforce the strength of the currency. Higher domestic Chinese interest rates, the rapid quelling of the virus, domestic Chinese stimulus, the relative weakness of western economies, […]

Evergrande and stress in China’s property market

Global Source Partners Evergrande and stress in China’s property market Andrew Collier | Sep 28, 2020 China’s property market has long been the weak link in the economy. It is the bubble that supports growth – including local consumption, fixed asset investment, and local government fiscal revenue. Although property sales remain healthy, the developers themselves […]

Ant’s IPO and the Chinese Economy

Global Source Partners Andrew Collier | Sep 14, 2020 Summary Ant Group’s proposed IPO, expected soon, raises the profile of China’s largest private online financial company. However, there are macroeconomic and political considerations that will affect the growth trajectory of both Ant and other private online financial firms. There are also competitive threats to Ant […]

Ant’s Aggressive Strategy

This is from a report originally written in March 19, 2018. Ant’s business clearly has changed but the analysis may still be useful. Ant’s Over-leveraged Funding Structure “Ant Financial has got just enough bullets to cause a small–scale financial crisis.” Economist with a State Owned Bank. l Growing Market Share. Ant Financial has quickly taken […]

China’s Inefficient Stimulus

Andrew Collier | Aug 14, 2020 China’s Inefficient Stimulus Prior to 2020, the largest contribution to growth of economic value add (with some fluctuation) has been the state sector. SOE value add bottomed out at -2.5% YoY in March 2020 but has since topped private value add at 4.9%. The rapid improvement in the state […]

Oil demand in China: a short-term bounce?

Global Source Partners Andrew Collier | Jul 24, 2020 China has clearly been one of the success stories in handling the coronavirus. The flattening of the curve was a reflection of the nature of the tightly controlled political system. The numbers may not be completely trustworthy but even at multiples the caseload is still much […]