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The shadow banking operation of a ‘gangster granny’ reveals the deep reach, appeal and danger of China’s informal financial system

woman known only as Sun ran an illegal banking operation in Shanghai that was one of the largest in the city in years. Authorities believe there are many more operations like hers, creating "a financial monster that many warn is out of control." The shadow banks' appeal arises from greed, government policy and the dearth of high-quality investment opportunities in China.
1 year ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is an editorial consultant with SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.
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