After years of racking up profits by borrowing cheaply and plowing the proceeds into higher-yielding debt, investors are now rushing to unwind those wagers amid the deepest selloff in 13 months, according to Bloomberg. The bets are getting squeezed from both sides as bond prices sink and borrowing costs rise to one-year highs in the 8 trillion yuan ($1.2 trillion) market for repurchase agreements, used by traders to amplify their buying power. The pullback challenges government efforts to revive economic growth with cheap credit and could hardly come at a worse time for Chinese companies on the hook for a record 547 billion yuan of maturing onshore notes in May.
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