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Sara Hsu

Sara Hsu

Dr. Sara Hsu is an expert in Chinese fintech, economic development, informal finance, and shadow banking. She is the author of “China’s Fintech Explosion.”

Sara Hsu is a Clinical Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Prior to that, she was an Associate Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Dr. Hsu specializes in Chinese supply chains, fintech, economic development, informal finance, and shadow banking. She has published one of the only English-language books on the topic of Chinese fintech, “China’s Fintech Explosion,” and informal finance, “Informal Finance in China: American and Chinese Perspectives,” as well as one of the only Chinese-language books on Chinese shadow banking. She has also published a number of articles and books on the topics of sustainable development, financial crises, and trade.

Sara Hsu earned her Ph.D. from the University of Utah, her MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and her BA from Wellesley College.
Posts by Sara Hsu
May 26, 2022

China’s Real Estate Slump: Underlying Issues

By Sara Hsu
Although the current approach will ease some major indicators, such as property sales and prices, they will not necessarily resolve the core issues.

May 16, 2022

What’s Behind China’s Ban on NFTs?

By Sara Hsu
Chinese authorities have made it clear that they do not welcome financial elements of the new economy, including NFTs.
April 25, 2022

China’s Zero COVID Policy to Renew US West Coast Port Congestion

By Sara Hsu
Lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere are resulting in shortages, as there’s a backlog of goods waiting to be moved within China and around the world.

April 15, 2022

China Eases Overseas Listing Rules

By Sara Hsu
U.S.-listed Chinese firms are breathing a sigh of relief after China relaxed restrictions on foreign auditors.

April 04, 2022

China’s Wealth Management Products Still Going Strong – For Better or Worse

By Sara Hsu
WMPs have become a regular part of China’s financial system, but the systemic risks remain.

February 15, 2022

China’s Financial Standardization Plan Does Not Reduce Funding Barriers

By Sara Hsu
While the plan is useful in continuing to regulate China’s growing financial landscape, it does nothing to alter China’s trajectory of channeling funds to the state sector.
January 23, 2022

China’s Transportation Plan Will Boost Post-Pandemic Logistics

By Sara Hsu
As China’s infrastructure improves further, it’s going to be harder than ever for U.S. multinationals to move to underdeveloped countries like Vietnam and Indonesia.

January 03, 2022

China’s Core Economic Issues in 2022

By Sara Hsu
The real estate downturn and inflation will cause headaches in the new year, while the emphasis on common prosperity continues.

December 16, 2021

China’s Long-Term Economic Direction

By Sara Hsu
Xi Jinping has been clear that China’s old economic model is a thing of the past. The new one, however, is only starting to take shape.

November 23, 2021

China’s Risky Investments: Wealth Management Products and Corporate Bonds

By Sara Hsu
Recent missed payments show why these are some of the riskiest assets in China.

November 09, 2021

Introducing the New Beijing Stock Exchange

By Sara Hsu
China’s third stock exchange is geared toward financing start-ups, but it is unlikely to prevent overseas listings.  
November 02, 2021

China’s Supply Chain Bottlenecks: Winners and Losers

By Sara Hsu
While manufacturers are losing out, logistics companies are making record profits.

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