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High-Risk ‘Shadow’ Credit in China Put at $2.9 Trillion by IMF

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International Monetary Fund staff said that 19 trillion yuan ($2.9 trillion) of Chinese “shadow” credit products are high-risk compared with corporate loans and highlighted the danger that defaults could lead to liquidity shocks.

The investment products are structured by the likes of trust and securities companies and based on equities or on debt -- typically loans -- that isn’t traded, staff members John Caparusso and Kai Yan said in a report released Friday.