Bad Debts Rising

Bloomberg: China's Bad Loans Rise to Highest in a Decade as Economy Slows
Soured loans at Chinese commercial banks rose to the highest level since June 2006 as the nation’s economic expansion slowed to the weakest pace in a quarter century.

Nonperforming loans jumped 51 percent from a year earlier to 1.27 trillion yuan ($196 billion) by December, data from the China Banking Regulatory Commission showed on Monday. The bad-loan ratio climbed to 1.67 percent from 1.25 percent, while the industry’s bad-loan coverage ratio, a measure of its ability to absorb potential losses from soured credit, weakened to 181 percent from more than 200 percent a year earlier. The lenders’ core Tier-1 capital ratio improved to 10.91 percent from 10.56 percent, the data show.

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