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Bass Says China Bank Losses May Top 400% of Subprime Crisis

  • Manager says 10% asset loss would cut equity by $3.5 trillion
  • China would have to print $10 trillion to recapitalize banks
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Kyle Bass Warns of Huge Losses for Chinese Banks

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Kyle Bass, the hedge fund manager who successfully bet against mortgages during the subprime crisis, said China’s banking system may see losses of more than four times those suffered by U.S. banks during the last crisis.

Should the Chinese banking system lose 10 percent of its assets because of nonperforming loans, the nation’s banks will see about $3.5 trillion in equity vanish, Bass, the founder of Dallas-based Hayman Capital Management, wrote in a letter to investors obtained by Bloomberg. The world’s second-biggest economy may end up having to print more than $10 trillion of yuan to recapitalize banks, pressuring the currency to devalue in excess of 30 percent against the dollar, according to Bass.