Bloomberg’s Ye Xie references ASR’s Adam Wolfe on China Stimulus

Beth McCann

7th JUL. 2022

In “Xi’s $220 Billion Stimulus Is Less Than Meets Eye”, Adam notes that pulling forward next year’s budget means China faces a fiscal cliff in 2023. “This is more can-kicking than real stimulus”


Last week’s Bloomberg report that the MoF might allow local governments to issue CNY1.5tn from their 2023 bond quotas could be a game changer, especially since it follows on the heels of other newly approved measures to help finance infrastructure projects, including a CNY800bn credit line from the policy banks. 


Does that mean this is the start of a more significant credit cycle? Adam remains sceptical.  In his ASR Insight  he notes that “pulling forward government bond issuance would just delay a looming fiscal cliff and wouldn’t significantly change the credit impulse” (see chart) and “the other measures are aimed at balance sheet repair, not broader credit growth”.


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•ASR clients can view Adam’s Absolute Insight: What to make of stimulus chatter in China HERE.

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