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Michael Robinson over at the BBC’s World Service has been investigating high global commodity prices in a series entitled Bubble Trouble?
Whatever happened to China’s amazing copper collateral shenanigans?
Goldman Sachs said last month that China’s central bank may have cracked-down on the scheme, which saw Chinese corporates use copper as collateral for new loans. Meanwhile, attention turned to other commodities that could potentially be used by China’s companies in a similar way. Read more
We’ve already referred to the latest Reuters Metals Insider report on Thursday, but somehow we feel that the following is worth a special mention of its own.
That is, what happens when the government attempts to rein in innovative Chinese financing schemes like those using copper as collateral? Read more
So says Standard Chartered bank in their latest Metals Weekly research.
The bank was among the first to bring attention to the fad of commodity-backed financing in China, and now has this update: Read more
We’re calling it the “The Great Chinese Commodity-as-Collateral Financing” fiddle.
That is, the purchase of commodities like copper on deferred payment terms for the sole purpose of raising cheap financing for reinvestment in higher yielding assets. Read more