Monday, February 15, 2016

Ponzi Scheme in China: $7.6 Billion Lost

A recent article in The Economist elaborates on a massive Ponzi scheme that recently collapsed in China and caused 900,000 investors to lose about $7.6 billion.

Ponzi schemes are not new in China. In fact, China’s current lack of regulation in the peer-to-peer lending industry has created an environment ripe for fraud. This article points out how the lack of government regulation can lead to an economic environment where investors find it nearly impossible to distinguish between fraud schemes and legitimate businesses. We can also learn a few additional things from this Ponzi scheme that might help investors identify when something really is too good to be true.