Weekly Market Commentary

August 5, 2021

China and It’s Markets

The Chinese dragon cast a shadow over free trade and foreign investment last week.

For decades, investors have recognized the investment potential of China. Since the country opened to foreign trade and investment in 1979, its economy has grown rapidly. Through 2018, its economic growth, increased by 9.5% a year, on average, according to the United States Congressional Research Service.

The country’s gradual economic development lifted millions out of poverty. In 2020, about 20 percent of the world’s middle class lived in China. China’s middle class has an appetite for goods and services that rivals that of America’s middle class, creating demand for a wealth of goods and services.

In recent months, investors have been unsettled as Chinese authorities aggressively implemented new regulations for its online education industry and its technology companies.

“President Xi’s government has outlined sectors it wants to prioritize, including semiconductors and artificial intelligence. Xi has called the data its tech industry collects ‘an essential and strategic resource’ and has been pushing to tap into it for years.”

In early July, the Cyberspace Administration of China launched an investigation of the nation’s largest ride-hailing service company for monopolistic behavior. A month before, the company had raised $4.4 billion when it listed shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Jing Yang of The Wall Street Journal recently reported the company is considering delisting in an effort to placate Chinese authorities and compensate investors for losses.

Last week, “The selloff in Chinese stocks went from an orderly pullback to a full-blown panic…after China told its for-profit education companies that they would have to become nonprofits,” reported  Barron’s.

The Securities and Exchange Commission responded by announcing that it would stop processing registrations of U.S. IPOs and other sales of securities by Chinese companies until specific requirements were met.

READY TO COMPETE? Watching the Olympics sparks the competitive spirit in many people. If you’re looking for a way to compete, try taking this financial literacy quiz. If you like, you can create your own event by having family and friends test their knowledge, too.

  1. Which of the following does Experian say is the most important to your credit score?
    1. Payment history
    2. Amount owed
    3. Credit history length
    4. New credit applications
  1. Which has the most risk, according to Investopedia?
    1. Owning a diversified portfolio of small, large and mid-sized company stocks
    2. Owning the stock of a large company
    3. Owning a portfolio of technology company stocks
    4. Owning a portfolio of small company stocks
  1. If you put $100 in an account that earned 5 percent interest each year, how much would the account be worth after 10 years?
    1. About $105
    2. About $150
    3. About $160
    4. About $180
  1. When shopping for chicken noodle soup, which of the following is the best value?
    1. The store’s brand
    2. The can with the highest discount
    3. The can with the lowest price per ounce
    4. The can with the lowest price in the size you need

You’ll find the answers below.

 

Focus On The Positive

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

 —Benjamin Franklin, American statesman

 

(1) A; (2) B; (3) C; (4) C