Following the Wall Street bank stocks and the Indices is like watching an airliner circle the globe dumping gas before it attempts a crash landing.
When Hollywood brought “The Big Short” to the big screen, author Michael Lewis was as surprised as anyone. A film about debt going bad? Seriously? But in filmmaking, as with investing, timing is everything. What makes the movie so timely is its role as primer for what’s afoot in China.
There’s little about China in Lewis’s 2010 bestseller. And, frankly, the Brad Pitt-starring screen version can feel dated given the cacophony of world events since Wall Street’s 2008 drama. That is, until you consider the $23 billion dilemma now facing Beijing, and, by extension, the hedge-fund dynamics Lewis chronicled.
This column has examined China’s $28 trillion problem, which relates to its post-Lehman Brothers credit explosion. A more immediate one is the roughly $23 billion of offshore debt rated just one small step away from junk by major credit-rating companies. The second-biggest economy has a devilish assortment of so-called fallen…
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