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03.20.2012 14:44

Fool's Gold Behind Beijing Loan Guarantees

A credit guarantee firm is accused of using 'wealth management' schemes in a game its clients and banks also played
By staff reporters Yang Na and Ma Yuan
 
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The domino effect began in January when bankers reacted to rumors of a liquidity crunch at one of Beijing's most prominent loan-guarantee firms, Zhongdan Investment Credit Guarantee Co. Ltd.

Several banks that cooperated with Zhongdan smelled trouble and started calling loans they had issued to companies backed by the firm.

At the time, Zhongdan counted more than 300 clients and 3.3 billion yuan worth of loan guarantee contracts, according to the firm's President Liu Hui.

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