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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 Visiting Scholar at Fudan University. 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 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 and her BA from Wellesley College.

Posts by Sara Hsu
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October 19, 2015

China Warns US Not to Hike Rates

By Sara Hsu
The finance minister is worried about slowing growth in emerging markets.
October 14, 2015

China and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Sara Hsu
Might China be interested in joining the TPP at some point?

September 27, 2015

Xi Jinping Pledges Cap-and-Trade Scheme for China

By Sara Hsu
Years in the making, an important new climate change policy is announced.

September 18, 2015

The China-US Bilateral Investment Treaty: Next Week?

By Sara Hsu
Both nations could gain from a balanced treaty.

September 11, 2015

China’s Controversial Circuit Breaker Proposal

By Sara Hsu
In the wake of some extreme volatility, Beijing looks to tighten the screws.
September 04, 2015

China: Sentenced to Debt?

By Sara Hsu
The country is grappling with a serious debt problem. Can it be overcome?

August 26, 2015

Markets Plunge on Less Chinese Government Intervention

By Sara Hsu
Stock markets around the world have been roiled on Chinese policy and a slowing economy.
August 21, 2015

China’s (Renewed) Crackdown on Insider Trading

By Sara Hsu
Authorities step up the efforts to combat the practice, but will need to allocate more resources to investigations.

August 14, 2015

China’s Surprise Currency Devaluation

By Sara Hsu
Why did Beijing do it? The official explanation makes the most sense.

August 04, 2015

China’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Seeking Alpha in Silk Road

By Sara Hsu
CIC is planning some serious investment in the One Belt, One Road initiative.

July 28, 2015

China’s Capital Deficit – Not to Worry

By Sara Hsu
“China-watchers need not lose sleep over potential capital flight.”
July 21, 2015

China’s Bond Market Continues to Inch Open

By Sara Hsu
The central bank takes another few steps in opening up China's bond market.

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