China Tag

Inflation, Growth, China and Financial Markets

19 May, by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy, Markets

All year inflation has been the narrative driving markets. Since December 2021, once the Bloomberg Commodity Index (BCOM) took off, rates have risen in tandem. But, interestingly enough the BCOM has been flat since peaking on March 8, 2022. Every day we seem to be blasted...

The Chinese Devaluation Continues

11 May, by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy, Markets

Just today, as US inflation came in a touch hotter than expected, the Chinese Yuan is pulling lower, testing the lows of May 9, 2022. The five-day rate of change is fairly extreme by anything we’ve seen over the last few years. The last time...

China’s Potential to Alleviate Global Inflation

07 Apr, by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy

For a confluence of reasons ranging from COVID to property sector problems, China has been experiencing slower growth. Many cross-asset relationships suggest that a devaluation in China could help spur growth. Whether this will happen is another story, but if the Chinese Yuan began a...

Evergrande is an Isolated China Issue, for Now

24 Sep, by Bryce Coward, CFA in Markets

Earlier this week we saw some tremors in the equity markets with the largest single-day selloff in stocks in months. The likely China Evergrande debt default was “blamed” for the weakness, which was then promptly reversed as the week progressed. Questions remain, however, about the...

What’s Behind the Breakout in Gold?

20 Feb, by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy, Markets

This week’s breakout in gold is an epic expression of our times in which potential economic problems are quickly followed by massive actual and expected responses by central banks and governments. The problem de jour (for both markets and the public) is of course the...

Why Coronavirus is Scary for Financial Markets

31 Jan, by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy, Markets

As we write, US stocks are down about 1.6% on the day, foreign developed market stocks are down 1.8%, and emerging market stocks are down about 2.4%. This type of corrective action did not really come as a surprise to us. Indeed just two weeks...

Not So Fast on the Cyclical Chinese Recovery

14 Nov, by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy, Markets

This morning investors were unfortunately treated to a rather disappointing package of October Chinese economic data. Three of the most important hard data series were reported: fixed asset investment, industrial production and retail sales. Each was lower than the previous month and missed expectations, suggesting...

China is Doubling Down on State Directed Growth

16 May, by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy

Over the weekend we got the monthly slue of Chinese data around fixed asset investment, credit creation, retail sales, and industrial production. Generally speaking, the data was soft, with misses in all categories. But one data point continues to stand out to us as evidence...

State of Affairs of the Chinese Corporate Sector – Part 1

02 May, by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy, Markets

The Chinese economic situation has been firmly out of the limelight for the better part of three months now as the country's fiscal kitchen sinking has shown obvious signs of ramping into gear. If the world's investors and economy watchers have breathed a collective sigh of...