Financial Sector

24
Apr

Trading Chinese Assets… Over-The-Counter (OTC)?

As mentioned in previous articles, it is becoming easier and easier for the average investor to gain exposure to Chinese assets. In the US for example, there are even over 100 Chinese companies listed on Nasdaq and while things aren’t necessarily as straightforward in other jurisdictions, let’s just say impressive progress is being made across

23
Apr

(China-Based and Foreign) Market Makers for Chinese Assets: The Good, Bad and Potentially Ugly

As mentioned in the article through which we have put the brokerage dimension of China’s financial services sector under the microscope, foreign investors aren’t always flocking toward Chinese assets such as stocks, not at this point at least, for reasons which vary wildly and go well beyond the scope of this post. Suffice it to

22
Apr

Choosing a Broker in China and Beyond: Chinese Brokerage Myths Dispelled

China has developed such a track record with respect to being let’s say opaque over its multi-millennia history that this inevitably gave birth to myths which are no longer relevant when it comes to 2020 realities. One such “brokerage myth” revolves around China not wanting foreigners to own Chinese assets and yes, there is some

21
Apr

Scalping vs. Day Trading vs. Swing Trading vs. Position Trading Chinese Assets

The title is quite a mouthful and the bottom line is this: the more popular China started becoming as an investment destination and the more market participants started paying attention to Chinese assets, the more the average investor became interested in various strategies pertaining to making money by investing in all things China. Some of

20
Apr

Types of Investors in Chinese Assets – A (Not So) Brief Overview

Just like with pretty much any other asset class, there is immense variety when it comes to categories of market participants who invest in Chinese assets. You can think of this article as an exercise with respect to getting to know your fellow market participants, it is ultimately up to you whether you see it

28
Jan

The Sustainability of China’s Pension System… or Lack Thereof

According to 2019 survey data, the broader topic of social security represents the #3 area of interest of the average Chinese citizen at this point in time, with the rule of law occupying position #2 and corruption being the #1 culprit. Upon reconciling 2019 data with numbers from previous years, we end up realizing that

15
Jan

Is “Bad Debt” (Only) Piling Up in China?

After the (in)famous Great Recession of 2007-2008, the average observer started paying more and more attention to the banking system. Why? Simply because the Great Recession made it clear that there are visible cracks in the financial system, anything from a quasi-incestuous relationship between the financial system and the banking system to issues pertaining to

06
Jan

Facebook’s Libra Crypto Project from a Chinese Perspective: Will China Play Ball?

Before trying to form an opinion on Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project and what it looks like from China’s perspective, we would strongly recommend reading three of our previous articles: First of all, an article through which we have explained why China has a love-hate relationship which is actually quite a bit closer to the “hate”

25
Dec

(How) Can Bank Runs Occur in China?

As peculiar as it may seem, many analysts believe that one of the “perks” associated with authoritarian governance is represented by the fact that one can “have everything under control” when it comes to the main follies of capitalism: excessive greed, excessive fear, manic-depressive behavior which leads to anything from irrational exuberance on the way

02
Dec

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) vs. Western Counterparts

The People’s Bank of China (abbreviated PBC, or more commonly PBOC) has been the world’s “richest” central bank by asset valuation since July of 2017, a valuation north of $3 trillion at the moment of writing. Just like any other central bank, the PBOC has responsibilities with respect to setting monetary policy and acting as