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Hundreds rush to rural Chinese banks after solvency rumours

Published on Mar 25, 2014 7:45 PM
 
People gather in front of a branch of Jiangsu Sheyang Rural Commercial Bank, in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, March 25, 2014. Hundreds of people rushed to withdraw money from a branch of a small Chinese bank on Monday after rumours spread about its solvency, local media reported, reflecting growing anxiety among investors as regulators signal greater tolerance for credit defaults. --PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Hundreds of people rushed on Tuesday to withdraw money from branches of two small Chinese banks after rumours spread about solvency at one of them, reflecting growing anxiety among investors as regulators signal greater tolerance for credit defaults.

The case highlights the urgency of plans to put in place a deposit insurance system to protect investors against bank insolvency, as Chinese grow increasingly nervous about the impact of slowing economic growth on financial institutions.

Regulators have said they will roll out deposit insurance as soon as possible, without giving a firm deadline.

Domestic media reported, and a local official confirmed, that ordinary depositors swarmed a branch of Jiangsu Sheyang Rural Commercial Bank in Yancheng in economically troubled Jiangsu province on Monday.

 
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