22.07.2022 – A potential disaster for the stock market world is smoldering in China. If the real estate market collapses there and rows of banks topple over, the crisis will virtually eat its way through the globe to us. Unfortunately, there have been some dangerous signals from the Middle Kingdom recently, which have hardly found any echo in the mainstream media so far.
Hard to believe, but true: the world’s stock markets are facing enormous danger and no one is noticing. If you follow our comments below, then it’s time to stock up with some long positions on the fear indicator VIX to be on the safe side, which you can see here in the weekly chart with the 50 moving average. If the crisis escalates, it will easily reach the old highs from the Corona crisis.
De facto, the Chinese real estate market is like a nuclear reactor about to explode. We chose this image based on the 1979 U.S. disaster movie “The China Syndrome.” The strip anticipated the accident in Harrisburg. At the time, experts assumed that a meltdown would actually eat into the earth’s mantle – unstoppable, all the way to China on the other side of the globe.
Craftsmen fail to service loans
Now it could go in the opposite direction. As Bloomberg reports, citing “Caixin,” hundreds of suppliers to Chinese project developers are currently refusing to service their loans. They pointed out that large developers such as China Evergrande still owe them money. Thus, the strike by real estate buyers has eaten into the system.
Earlier, the financial blog ZeroHedge reported that millions of angry property buyers are refusing to service their loans – though legally they are in the right because most of the apartments in the huge prefabricated buildings have not been completed. It was common practice in China for years to sell apartments before they were built. That practice has turned around with the collapse of Evergrande. Apparently, the mortgage strike has already spread to about 300 projects in 90 cities; there had been demonstrations in about 50 cities recently. Presumably, millions of loans are currently at risk. According to a statement from the Chinese banks, only mortgages amounting to 2.1 billion yuan or $312 million are currently at risk. GF Securities Co., however, sees ten times that amount in the fire, at 2 trillion yuan. All told, Chinese banks hold mortgages worth 38 trillion yuan.
The world’s largest asset class
What can’t leave us cold: According to Goldman Sachs, Chinese real estate is the largest asset class in the world, with an estimated $62 trillion. Craig Singleton of the analytics firm Foundation for Def
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