stock market volatility and concerning signs of a fast-landing by the Chinese economy have stoked voices calling for a delay in the Fed’s tightening cycle.​

I'm not sure about the meaning of the phrase, 'a fast-landing' in the above sentence.

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    The hyphen seems odd. I would expect a noun after the adjective "fast-landing". I would not expect to see "fast-landing" itself used as a noun. Sep 24, 2015 at 11:22

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Fast-landing is an idiomatic expression used to refer to a possible quick deceleration in the rate of growth of China economy.

'Hard landing' is another common expression:

  • An economic state wherein the economy is slowing down sharply or is tipped into outright recession after a period of rapid growth, due to government attempts to rein in inflation. A hard landing may be the undesirable consequence of efforts by a nation's central bank to tighten monetary policy, so as to slow down growth and keep inflation in check. While a soft landing is generally the objective of such tightening measures, a hard landing may be the occasional - and unfortunate - result.


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    Seems like you could use a citation for your actual answer, not for the answer to a question that wasn't asked.
    – Robusto
    Sep 24, 2015 at 10:57

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