(Central) Banking

02
Dec

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) vs. Western Counterparts

The People’s Bank of China (abbreviated PBC, or more commonly PBOC) has been the world’s “richest” central bank by asset valuation since July of 2017, a valuation north of $3 trillion at the moment of writing. Just like any other central bank, the PBOC has responsibilities with respect to setting monetary policy and acting as

16
Oct

The (Subpar) Medical System of China: Problems, Threats and Opportunities

The medical system represents yet another case study involving a service which hasn’t exactly managed to keep up (in a directly proportionate manner, that is) with China’s explosive multi-decade economic growth… at least, not in a homogeneous manner. Of course, as pretty much always, it is possible to “cheat” by cherry-picking examples from affluent regions

07
Jul

China’s Banking System: Past, Present and Future

We’ve covered various concerns pertaining to China’s shadow banking system in a previous article, so it makes sense to also pay attention to… well, its “actual” banking system. And, right off the bat, let’s just say the “Past” dimension of this article will be very brief, for the simple fact that there isn’t really all

06
Jul

Shadow Banking in China: Is Enough Being Done?

In 2019, we can confirm the first full-year decline in terms of Chinese shadow banking volume in over 10 years (2018 compared to 2017), after the authorities started paying serious attention to this dimension of the financial sector as of 2017. Still, we’re looking at a whopping $9.1 trillion in outstanding shadow banking loans, which

13
Jun

Could China Be at the Center of the Next Monetary System?

For a reasonably long period of time, currencies were fully backed by gold or silver. In other words, a piece of paper money was simply a bank note (hence the name, an etymology long-forgotten as far as most people are concerned) that granted you the right to receive a certain amount of precious metals, should