China’s workforce and general population are ageing rapidly, and the grievously underfunded welfare and pensions system won’t cope. That’s a recipe for structural decline and turmoil, says Jonathan Compton.
China's stockmarket crash
The CSI 300 index has tumbled 21% this year and in October alone it fell by 8%. But it has since staged a small recovery.
The deceleration in China’s economy has fuelled fears that the boom of the previous decade is turning to bust. Marina Gerner reports.
With equity prices sliding by more than 20% this year, China has entered a bear market.
The mess in emerging markets is spreading beyond Turkey and Argentina. John Stepek looks into how things have got so bad, and what’s likely to happen next.
Most global stockmarkets are looking a little wobbly at the moment. But Chinese stocks are in a full-blown bear market. John Stepek explains what that means for you.
In 2008 Chinese companies comprised 9% of the key benchmark for emerging-market funds. Today, it’s 27%.
Firms such as Alibaba and Tencent already dominate ecommerce in China – now they’re expanding their reach. Investors should back them – at least for now, says Rupert Foster.
Xi Jinping has consolidated enough power to take China where he wants – whether forwards or backwards. Investors should hope for the best, says Cris Sholto Heaton.
The outgoing chairman of the People’s Bank of China warned that excessive optimism could lead to a sharp correction in the markets.
The re-emergence of India and China from their long economic slumber appears to offer investors the prospect of easy profits, but the lesson of history is to tread carefully in these countries, says Max King.