China’s bulls stampede as recovery gathers strength
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China stockmarkets

China’s bulls stampede as recovery gathers strength

China's benchmark CSI 300 stockmarket index has gained 12% so far this year and is up by 32% since 23 March as the country's industrial and consumer r…
21 Sep 2020
China adds shine to base metals
Industrial metals

China adds shine to base metals

Metals prices have rallied hard after China's government unveiling plans for new infrastructure building, including railways, power lines and electric…
28 Aug 2020
Equity investors ignore US-China split at their peril
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Stockmarkets

Equity investors ignore US-China split at their peril

Washington and Beijing’s troubled relationship has taken a turn for the worse recently, but markets have become strangely blasé about the situation.
21 Aug 2020
Guru watch: buy gold ahead of China's big currency move
Gold

Guru watch: buy gold ahead of China's big currency move

China has steadily been building “a renminbi-based international payments system", says Charles Gave, founding partner and chairman of Gavekal.
27 Jul 2020
China leads the global economic recovery
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Chinese economy

China leads the global economic recovery

China's economic recovery is now well under way, after a 6.8% fall in GDP in the first three months of the year.
22 Jul 2020
The tug of war over Hong Kong
China's economy

The tug of war over Hong Kong

China’s move to take more control over Hong Kong could lead to deeper civil unrest and imperil its role as a global financial centre.
13 Jun 2020
Chinese stocks are set for a bumpy ride
China stockmarkets

Chinese stocks are set for a bumpy ride

Chinese stocks have held up well during the pandemic, but the recovery has been uneven.
12 Jun 2020

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US-China tension mounts
Stockmarkets

US-China tension mounts

Could a resumption of the US-China trade war sink the stockmarket?
5 Jun 2020
China’s economy to shrink for the first time since 1976
China's economy

China’s economy to shrink for the first time since 1976

China may now be on course for its first quarterly contraction since 1976, with Goldman Sachs predicting a 9% plunge in first-quarter economic activit…
20 Mar 2020
Is China heading for a secret recession?
China's economy

Is China heading for a secret recession?

The shutdown sparked by the coronavirus outbreak could put China at risk of a “secret recession”.
25 Feb 2020
Has Hong Kong become a failed state?
China's economy

Has Hong Kong become a failed state?

Hong Kong cannot protect its citizens, provide basic services or command the trust of its people, and it is failing to provide the safety and stabilit…
14 Feb 2020
Investors eye up a new round of Chinese stimulus
China's economy

Investors eye up a new round of Chinese stimulus

Chinese policymakers have announced new stimulus measures to contain the fallout from the coronavirus. Asset managers are already positioning themselv…
6 Feb 2020
China's feverish stockmarket weighs the cost of the coronavirus
China stockmarkets

China's feverish stockmarket weighs the cost of the coronavirus

China’s stockmarket fell by 8% in one day – the biggest daily fall in more than four years. But investors shouldn't panic.
6 Feb 2020
The coronavirus makes China’s economic balancing act even harder
China's economy

The coronavirus makes China’s economic balancing act even harder

2020 should be the year when China straightens out its heavily indebted economy. But the coronavirus could throw a spanner in that plan, says John Ste…
6 Feb 2020
Is coronavirus panic reaching a peak yet?
Stockmarkets

Is coronavirus panic reaching a peak yet?

As the coronavirus scare continues, John Stepek asks if the markets’ panic has been too extreme, and looks at the possibilities for investors.
3 Feb 2020
US-China trade truce boosts stockmarkets – for now
Stockmarkets

US-China trade truce boosts stockmarkets – for now

Markets brightened up after China agreed to import more from the US and America greed to lower some tariffs on Chinese goods. But the trade war is far…
27 Jan 2020
Will this year bring any cheer for China's markets?
China stockmarkets

Will this year bring any cheer for China's markets?

China's double-digit growth rates of previous decades are long gone. Will the weakness continue?
17 Jan 2020
China’s maturing corporate bond market
China's economy

China’s maturing corporate bond market

Chinese companies are defaulting on their debt in record numbers. And the trouble could spread to state-owned enterprises.
20 Dec 2019
Cracks spread in China's fragile economy
Economy

Cracks spread in China's fragile economy

China's annual economic growth is forecast to dip below 6% in the final quarter of this year and continue to fall into 2020 thanks to weaker exports a…
6 Dec 2019
Investors maintain confidence in Hong Kong
Stockmarkets

Investors maintain confidence in Hong Kong

The protests in Hong Kong caused the territory to plunge into recession in the third quarter, and has also begun to weigh on local markets. But invest…
21 Nov 2019
Alibaba’s cash call comes off
Stockmarkets

Alibaba’s cash call comes off

Despite the ongoing violence in Hong Kong, demand for Alibaba’s secondary listing has been so strong that it will stop taking orders from retail inves…
21 Nov 2019
Chart of the week: China’s smog index heralds weakness
China's economy

Chart of the week: China’s smog index heralds weakness

Smog levels in five major Chinese cities climbed along with house prices in early 2017 and late 2018. Now, it's pointing down.
18 Nov 2019