The murky balance sheets of China’s banks have long spurred fears of an impending crisis, but the clean-up may already be proceeding apace, UBS said.
“Contrary to prevailing market wisdom, we believe considerable progress has been made in recognizing and dealing with the problems,” Jason Bedford, an analyst at UBS, said in a note Thursday, citing analysis of 765 banks on the mainland.
“Recapitalization and bailouts have started and made unexpected (and under-appreciated) progress,” he said, adding that UBS research suggested 2015 was the first year since the early 2000s with sizable bank bailouts.
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