PBOC to monitor wealth management products
China’s central bank is conducting a trial monitoring of banks’ off-balance-sheet wealth-management products under its macro-prudential assessment system,banking sources said.
The WMPs will be included in calculating broad-based credit, the sources said, asking not to be identified discussing non-public information.
Currently, the products aren’t included in the assessment framework, and it’s not clear when or if the People’s Bank of China will add them, the sources said.
Citigroup Inc estimated that 13 trillion yuan ($1.9 trillion) of the products, which are a key building block in China’s shadow-banking system, could be covered.
Extra scrutiny could cool growth in the products as China tries to rein in financial risks that could tank the economy.
Adding the products to the central bank’s calculations could help to emphasize requirements for lenders to limit dangers and maintain sufficient capital.
A change would mean regulators would be better able to “control the pace of broadbased credit supply,” Judy Zhang, a Hong Kong-based analyst at Citigroup, said in a note. WMP issuance and yields may shrink as lenders pass on extra costs to investors, she said.
The central bank’s system encompasses banks’ macroprudential already loans, bond and equity investments, repurchase agreements and placements with other financial institutions when calculating lenders’ overall levels of credit. The central bank didn’t immediately reply to a fax seeking comment.
The system assesses individual banks’ risks, looking at factors such as capital adequacy, broad-based credit growth, leverage and asset quality.
Chinese households, companies and banks held a record 26.3 trillion yuan of wealth-management products as of June 30 and the China Banking Regulatory Commission has been tightening rules onWMPs since late 2014.
Most of the products are non-principal guaranteed, which means they reside off banks’ balance sheets.