Category: China

Fiscal autonomy = Political autonomy: Part 2, Obstructing his policies

1 December, 2017 (09:00) | Borrowing, Capital markets, China, Cities, Development, Government, Housing, money laundering, Municipal finance, Politics, Speculation, SPVs | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from the previous Part 1.]   As we saw in Part 1, using as the jumping-off-point a disappointingly credulous article in the Economist (November 16, 2017), China’s provinces, territories, and municipalities have indulged in an orgy of off-balance-sheet financing, using Local Government Financing Vehicles.  They did so partly for fiscal […]

Fiscal autonomy = Political autonomy: Part 1, Not subject to the same rules

29 November, 2017 (09:00) | Borrowing, Capital markets, China, Cities, Development, Government, Housing, money laundering, Municipal finance, Politics, Speculation, SPVs | No comments

By: David A. Smith   As every child who’s ever had an allowance knows, among its many virtues money provides autonomy – and almost as good (sometimes better), unobserved autonomy – the freedom to buy what I want, not what my distant imperious parent wants, and not have to listen to a lecture about it […]

“All is well!”

3 January, 2017 (09:00) | Banking, China, Currency, Global news, Markets, Speculation |

   By: David A. Smith   When it gets away from your control, it can get away quickly, and everything you do to keep it under control just makes everyone more skittish, more eager to get away.  Judging from a year-end article in the Wall Street Journal (December 29, 2016), such a tipping point may […]

“Great job! You’re fired!”: Part 2, You’re fired!

1 December, 2016 (09:00) | Capital markets, China, Finance, Global news, Government, Lou Jiwei, organizational behavior, Politics, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, using as source material a Wall Street Journal (November 7, 2016) story coupled with a personal experience from thirty-plus years ago (sepia font), Lou Jiwei had been hand-picked as China’s Finance Minister by none other than Xi […]

“Great job! You’re fired!”: Part 1, Great job!

30 November, 2016 (09:00) | Capital markets, China, Finance, Global news, Government, Lou Jiwei, organizational behavior, Politics, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   In life there are technocrats and there are politicians, and in political situations the former usually work for the latter – and are fired by the latter where their usefulness is over.  As reported in the Wall Street Journal (November 7, 2016):   BEIJING—China removed its high-profile, reformist finance minister […]