Submitted by Gordon Johnson of Axiom Capital
CREDIT LEADS ‘ALL OTHER’ ECONOMIC DATA IN CHINA
China until recently euphoric credit growth, is rapidly grinding to a halt. As we published last week, and a key underpinning of our negative outlook on commodity prices through the remainder of 4Q17 and into 2018, the moderation in China’s credit seen more recently appears to be gaining momentum. The evidence?
Well, we note that: (1) new yuan loans in October came in at CNY1.04tn (vs. expectations of CNY1.1tn, and CNY1.8tn in the prior month), with banks making up CNY663.2bn of this amount – which was below the Consensus estimate of CNY783bn for October, and down from CNY1.27tn the prior month (Exhibit 1), (2) shadow banking remains around one-third of total social financing (‘TSF’), showing little signs of providing the ‘lift’ to credit it has previously when bank debt issuance underperformed – Exhibit 2, (3) year-over-year growth of new yuan loans, on a three-month-rolling average, has slowed to just +7.5% in October (Exhibit 3), (3) Y/Y M2 growth in China hit a multi-decade low of +8.8% in October (Exhibit 4), (4) household loan growth (i.e., mortgages) continued its precipitous fall in October (Exhibit 5), (4) Y/Y corporate bond and government bond issuance continues to trend negative (Exhibit 6), all ultimately resonating in (5) broad credit growth that continues to moderate (Exhibit 7).
In short, we believe
China’s efforts to deleverage are, increasingly, bearing fruit. What this means, in our view, is that China’s economic indicators will continue to slow, weighing on bulk commodity prices, and ultimately industrials, metals, and mining stock prices.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 14, 2017.