Final Word from Wednesday, October 4, 2017



Although PPF comes from a small country like the Czech Republic, wrote Petr Kellner in his company's latest annual report, it successfully competes on the world stage. PPF's Home Credit is the world's largest consumer lender, he said, and it gave loans in China last year of €5.3bn. The New York Times put the growing Chinese debt problem on the cover of its international edition last week and quoted Moody's as saying that the stability of the country's financial system could be at risk. Figures from the Chinese central bank show that consumer loans have grown there by nearly 50% since the start of 2016. On Fri. of last week, China's banking regulator sounded the alarm against a possible consumer-lending bubble. "We should learn from the lessons of the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States," an official said. Although Petr Kellner comes from a small country like the Czech Republic, he's a world player when it comes to putting financial systems at risk. [Czech Republic CR credit rating agency]

Glossary of difficult words

to sound the alarm - to warn someone about or against something;

subprime - denoting or relating to credit or loan arrangements for borrowers with a poor credit history, typically having unfavorable conditions, such as high interest rates.

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