China’s economy

Why a Chinese chemicals maker paid $1bn for a cartoon cat

You wouldn’t think a Chinese chemical maker and a talking tom cat would have much in common. And you’d be right.

Does China’s credit rating cut matter?

Moody’s decision to downgrade China’s credit rating is no surprise, and many believe it will have no real impact.

The crackdown on China’s billionaires

China may now have more billionaires than America. In 2000, it had just one. That should be good news – but some of them are feeling very nervous. Alex Rankine reports

How much longer can China prop up commodities?

Donald Trump’s election gave commodities a boost last autumn. But now the trend has reversed, with metals especially weak. The culprit is the key driver of demand: China.

Brace yourself for another panic over China

Markets are getting worried about China’s massive levels of debt. No matter how it’s resolved, there’s going to be pain for everyone, says John Stepek.

It’s only a matter of time before China has the biggest gold pile in the world

Whoever has the most gold, makes the rules, says Dominic Frisby. For the moment, that’s the US – but don’t count on things staying that way.

China tackles dodgy data

China has launched a new online system where a million large firms can report figures directly, bypassing corrupt local officials.

Clouds gather over emerging markets

Emerging markets had a good 2016, says Andrew Van Sickle. But what does next year hold?

Is a dotcom bubble forming in China?

There is no shortage of potential triggers for a global market correction next year, says Matthew Lynn. But one of the more likely is a huge bubble in Chinese tech stocks.

The five forecasts every investor should heed in 2017

After the political upheavals of 2016, a period of profound social and economic change is upon us. John Stepek looks at the big trends investors must be ready for next year.

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