“放” means “to release,” and “水” means “water.” Literally meaning “to release water,” this slangy Chinese term has several meanings. In Cantonese dialect, this term is a metaphor for “losing a sports game intentionally (rigging a game).” The more commonly used meaning is as a metaphor for “pumping money into the financial system” in the context of discussing banking policies. According to Chinese fengshui, money is associated with the water element.
Wéishénme měiguó gǔshì yīzhí zhǎng？
Why have the stock markets in the United States been bullish for so long?
Yīnwèi měiliánchǔ yīzhí fàngshuǐ ba。
Perhaps it’s because the Fed keeps pumping money into their financial system.