Worries about the health of industries with massive overcapacity have many banks cutting lending to certain sectors by up to 20%, reports Reuters. At the same time, Beijing has asked banks to include loans linked to derivative products and debt financing along with regular reports of outstanding loans by sector.
The specific sectors facing audi are steel, cement, aluminum, smelting, flat-glass, and shipbuilding, says a bank source, and one area of particular concern is the common practice of bank loans backed by commodities like steel and copper.
The moves come in the wake of last week's landmark bond default by Chaori Solar as well as the default of a coal-related high-yield trust product, but is it the real deal? Stories of Beijing cracking down on industrial sectors with excess capacity have been floating around for a decade, but the train has kept on rolling (or bubble inflating, depending on your point of view). FXI -2.2%