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CRU: China Stimulus 2018-19 - Less Positive for Commodities Demand than the Past

 
[10-April-2019]
 

LONDON, April 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The market had hoped that China would unveil a large stimulus package at the March NPC; but any expectation of a large boost to world growth and commodities demand has not come, yet. The current stimulus package is smaller; less potent and less positive for commodities demand than previous episodes of stimulus. This is because two-thirds of the stimulus comes via VAT cuts, and one-third from direct government spending. VAT cuts give companies money, which they may save, and will not translate into metals demand.

China stimulus 2018-19: Less positive for commodities demand than the past
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In March 2019, the National People's Congress (NPC) set out its annual plans for China's economic and fiscal policy. The meeting was closely watched, given growing concerns that the US-China trade war has sparked an economic slowdown in China.

Most of CRU's clients who responded to our annual economic survey, said that a large stimulus package from China would be the most likely source of upside to global growth. This strategy was highly successful in propping up growth in China and the world more broadly following the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).

This Spotlight Feature sets out our assessment of the latest stimulus package. Relative to past episodes, we judge it is:

  • smaller in size (as a share of GDP)
  • less potent for the macro economy in the short term (it has a larger share of tax cuts)
  • less positive for metals demand

This modest stimulus is warranted given that the recent growth slowdown has been small. It is consistent with the authorities' ambition for long-term growth that is sustainable from an environmental and financial stability perspective.

The current episode of stimulus is smaller than the past
As the US-China trade war unfolded in 2018, China announced a range of easing policies (for a comprehensive list see Annex II). Additional stimulus measures were announced at the NPC in March 2019 and are detailed in our recent Economic Insight. Two elements of the newly announced stimulus are worth noting:

  • A higher local government special bond quota â€�“ up by RMB800 billion. This will enable the funding of additional infrastructure projects.
  • Manufacturing sector VAT tax cuts of 3 percentage points, with a 1 percentage point cut in the construction and transport sectors. We estimate that this will lower corporate costs by RMB650 billion.

Read the full story: https://www.crugroup.com/knowledge-and-insights/spotlights/2019/china-stimulus-2018-19-less-positive-for-commodities-demand-than-the-past/

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CRU employs over 280 experts and has more than 11 offices around the world, in Europe, the Americas, China, Asia and Australia â€�“ our office in Beijing opened in 2004 and Singapore in 2018.

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