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Chinese regulators to rein in $3 trillion shadow banking industry

In the first half of this year, trust loans were up by 1.31 trn yuan, compared to 279.2 bn last year

Reuters  |  Shanghai 

As a flood of unregulated cash swirls through the Chinese economy, Beijing has been taking aim at the trust companies whose unrestrained lending practices are worrying regulators. The trusts, at the heart of a vast shadow banking industry, are being pressured to step up compliance and background checks, and are being pushed towards greater transparency. But the fast-growing 20 trillion yuan ($3 trillion) industry, whose lending operations are cloaked behind opaque structures, will be tough to rein in, according to employees at some trusts. A regulatory sanction against one ...

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First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 02:43 IST