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    1. June 23, 2016

      Head of Fanya metals scheme arrested in China

      Chinese police have arrested the architect of a metals financing scheme along with 18 associates in a belated crackdown...

    2. June 15, 2016

      Chinese borrowers told to post nude photos as collateral

      Chinese loan sharks are demanding nude photos as collateral from female borrowers which can be used for blackmail if...

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    1. May 2, 2016

      SoFi offers equity to tempt new partners

      Online lending group SoFi is offering institutional investors slices of its equity in exchange for commitments to buy...

    2. May 2, 2016

      China financial regulator clamps down on shadow banking

      China’s banking regulator is cracking down on financial engineering that Chinese banks have used to disguise trillions...

    3. April 29, 2016

      Chinese banks disguise risky loans as ‘investments’

      Chinese banks are using complex financial engineering to disguise risky loans as “investments”, rendering traditional...

    4. April 26, 2016

      Bank of New York Mellon in talks over DBV-X deal

      Bank of New York Mellon is planning to move into repurchase trading in Europe with the purchase of start-up trading...

    5. April 26, 2016

      Fitch warns BDCs will struggle with rising debt levels

      Fitch warned of rising leverage in business development companies on Monday, saying that the lenders within the US...

    6. February 16, 2016

      European loan sales passed €100bn in 2015

      Loan sales in Europe surpassed the €100bn mark last year, as investors continue to chip away at the debt that has...

    7. February 3, 2016

      Private equity muscles into UK home loans

      In 2006, Northern Rock packaged up £18bn of loans and sold them off to investors. Securitisation, where mortgages and...

    8. January 11, 2016

      Chinese shadow banking scandal blights Lixil’s international expansion strategy

      The letter from the Chinese bank arrived on April 15, 2015, only two weeks after Lixil, the Japanese building materials...

    9. November 18, 2015

      Activist investors target shadow bank lenders

      Activists are targeting a type of lender within the shadow banking system that focus on midsized US companies, as their...

    10. November 4, 2015

      Europe imports ‘covenant-lite’ loans from US

      Europeans love to blame American cultural imports for lowering standards: junk food undermines culinary traditions, US...

    11. September 3, 2015

      EM dollar bond issuers engage in corporate ‘carry trade’

      What happens when industrial companies act like hedge funds? The companies in question are manufacturers, transport...

    12. August 18, 2015

      China shadow banks appeal for government bailout

      The collapse of a state-owned credit guarantee company in China’s rust belt has shone a new spotlight on risk from bad...

    13. August 9, 2015

      Intermediate Capital Group dismisses shadow-bank label

      Arriving at the London headquarters of Intermediate Capital Group, the alternative asset manager that aspires to be...

    14. August 2, 2015

      Online lenders push for voluntary code of conduct

      Leaders from the online lending industry gather in Washington this week to endorse a voluntary code of conduct for...

    15. July 15, 2015

      Rare earth protest fuels shadow lending fears

      Hundreds of frustrated Chinese investors protested this week outside a rare earth metals exchange in the south after it...

    16. July 5, 2015

      A bubbly corner of the shadow banking market

      Past performance is no guarantee of future results. This is financial wisdom even savvy market actors ignore; a handy...

    17. June 29, 2015

      Shadow banks take up the running in risky lending

      For decades local upstarts and foreign powerhouses have tried to crack the US corporate banking sector, usually...

    18. June 25, 2015

      Shadow lending crackdown looms over China’s stock market

      China’s shadow banks, increasingly wary of lending into a slowing economy, have turned to the stock market, fuelling a...

    19. June 21, 2015

      More asset managers become shadow banks

      The number of asset managers lending directly to companies in the US and Europe has more than doubled in the past two...

    20. May 31, 2015

      Shadow banks grab record US loans share

      Non-bank lenders have overtaken US banks to grab a record slice of government-backed mortgages, after regulatory curbs...

    21. May 28, 2015

      ECB warns of risks posed by shadow banking sector

      The rapid growth of the shadow banking sector poses a risk to financial stability in the eurozone, the European Central...

    22. May 25, 2015

      India’s shadow banks lend where others fear to tread

      In early 2008, GMR, an Indian conglomerate with interests in airports, energy and roads, had a market capitalisation of...

    23. May 24, 2015

      Shadow banks push for easing of loan caps

      A band of lenders within the shadow banking system is making a new push on Capitol Hill, seeking an easing of rules...

    24. May 18, 2015

      Swiss broker to set up London repo venue

      Tradition, the Swiss interdealer broker, is looking to reinvigorate Europe’s struggling “repo” market with a new...

    25. April 20, 2015

      Hidden dangers that banking regulators fail to chart

      Nobody knows anything.” Applied to Hollywood, William Goldman’s words inspired optimism, but such words also apply to...

    26. April 13, 2015

      GE Capital tells a cautionary tale for shadow banks

      General Electric’s share price is still a fair way off the $42 highs that the group enjoyed in the 2007 run-up to the...

    27. March 17, 2015

      Alternative lending set for ‘bumper’ European year

      Direct lending funds are looking to raise more than €15bn in the next 12 months, according to Deloitte, as European...

    28. March 11, 2015

      SoFi hopes to shake up mortgages online

      A new entrant to the prime US mortgage market is looking to do $1bn of business by the end of this year, in a sign of...

    29. February 24, 2015

      Risks squeezed out of banks pop up elsewhere

      Investors are reaching for a toolkit of exchange traded funds, mutual funds and credit derivatives to make up for a...

    30. February 17, 2015

      Hanergy’s Li taps shadow lenders to fund group’s startling growth

      Hanergy’s debt deals China’s richest man has been loading up on high interest shadow banking loans — and selling off a...

    31. February 3, 2015

      Reach for returns takes funds into the shadows

      “Holy Cow Batman, these bonds can outperform stocks!” Bill Gross wrote back in 2003. Then chief investment officer at...

    32. January 26, 2015

      Jean-Pierre Mustier quits banking for private debt fund Tikehau

      The former investment banking boss of UniCredit and Société Générale has become the latest to quit the industry for the...

    33. January 5, 2015

      Bankruptcy fears for Poland’s credit unions

      Almost half of Poland’s credit unions are close to bankruptcy, as a collapse in the sector’s financial health strains...

    34. December 4, 2014

      China shadow bank collapse exposes grey-market lending risk

      A sign in parchment above the locked door of Shanxi Platinum Assemblage Investment, written in calligraphy, reads...

    35. October 30, 2014

      Shadow banking nears pre-crisis peak

      The scale of shadow banking relative to the overall economy is closing in on its pre-crisis peak even as mainstream...

    36. October 19, 2014

      China’s online lenders offer mortgage loans

      Chinese peer-to-peer lenders are venturing into mortgage loans in a bid to draw mainstream investors into an industry...

    37. October 14, 2014

      Regulators shine a light on the banking shadows

      The shadow banking system was at the heart of the financial crisis. In the meltdowns of Lehman Brothers and AIG, the...

    38. October 14, 2014

      Terms laid down for taming shadow bank risk

      Global regulators have taken a landmark step towards taming risk in a key segment of the shadow banking system,...

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