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    Gavekal Dragonomics

    Slouching Towards 7% Growth

    Global growth is slowing and anyone looking for cheer is not going to find it in China, where third quarter GDP grew 7.3% year-on-year—the lowest growth rate since the first quarter of 2009. The slowdown is hardly unexpected, given the limited effects of Beijing’s growth-supporting policies earlier in the year and the long downward slide of private sector investment (see So Much For China’s Mini-Stimulus and Can Reforms Revitalize The Private...

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    Gavekal Research

    Give Last Week Back To The Indians

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    Gavekal Research

    Torschlusspanik!

    The Germans, it is said, have a word for everything—and their word for what we saw in European and US markets on Wednesday and in Asia on Thursday morning is Torschlusspanik. Literally ‘gate-shut-panic’, this describes the nasty crush that develops when everyone rushes at once for an exit that is fast closing; inevitably someone gets injured.

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    Gavekal Dragonomics

    Can Reforms Revitalize The Private Sector?

    China’s heavy reliance on local governments and state enterprises for its stimulus efforts in recent years has diverted attention away from the true driver of growth: the private sector. But unfortunately investment by private firms has been steadily slowing for years, and so has overall growth. In this presentation, Andrew explains why private-sector investment has been weak, and what the government can do about it. There is potential for...

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    Five Corners (October 15): The Equity Rout

    Overview: François Chauchat asks whether a US recovery is enough to drive global equity markets or has the world changed.

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    Oil Markets On The Brink

    Welcome to the “new normal” of the global oil markets. Investors are waking up to the reality that supply-demand fundamentals have gotten out of whack and are now readjusting. The price of Brent has fallen from its June high of US$115/barrel to around US$88/bbl, its lowest level since late 2010. This report will contend that prices could fall further before settling into a lower range and remaining there for a significant period.

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    Gavekal Research

    Behind The Equity Market Meltdown

    Why are stock markets around the world falling? The surest explanation is one that works whenever the markets move in a big way: there are more sellers than buyers after a long period without a meaningful correction (it is three years since the 20% decline that ended in October 2011). A more sophisticated account of the correction might point to the collapse of oil prices and its impact on natural resource shares. While falling oil prices are...

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    Gavekal Dragonomics

    Shanghai A-Shares: The Illusion Of Value

    China’s domestic stock markets have been on a tear: Shanghai stocks are up 15% since July, despite recent weak macro data and the absence of aggressive policy easing. Soon, overseas investors will be able to join in the rally: later this month, China will launch a new link between the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges. But should foreign investors really be eager to pile into Shanghai?

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    Normal Or Systemic Markets?

    In The Crucible Arthur Miller wrote “until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven”. Granted, equity markets have not exactly suffered Lucifer-like de-ratings lately. Nonetheless, the price action in stock markets around the world is looking less and less healthy by the day. Let me explain: when examining the performance of a given index over a very long period of time, one typically finds that, like most things in...

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    Gavekal Research

    If You Keep On Doing What You’ve Always Done...

    ...you'll keep on getting what you’ve always got. At least, that's what any sports coach worth his salt would tell a losing team in the half-time huddle. And perhaps this is the problem facing the big developed economies. Not enough of today's bien-pensants (Hollande, Merkel, Yellen, Bernanke...) or their advisers (Summers, Piketty, Krugman...) have spent time chasing a ball around a field. Let me explain.

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    Gavekal Dragonomics

    The Hidden Trade Deficit

    China’s current account surplus, once the focus of global economic anxiety, is shrinking dramatically: it fell to US$182bn in 2013, from its peak of US$420bn in 2008, and as a share of GDP has fallen to 2% from 10%. The conventional wisdom is that this fall reflects much weaker export growth in the poor global environment that followed the financial crisis. In fact the problems of traditional goods trade are overstated: China’s merchandise trade...

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    5C China: Calling Time On The A-Share Rally

    Stocks on the Shanghai exchange have rallied 15% over the last three months, and international investors are poised for the opening of relatively untrammeled access to onshore equities when the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program kicks off later this month (though the rumor-mill suggests it will be pushed back for technical reasons). Tracker funds have been capitalizing on this renewed interest: Deutsche’s year-old Harvest CSI 300 China A-...

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    5C Overview: Waiting For The Regional Rotation

    After years of doubt about the efficacy of US economic policies, the revival of confidence in America stands out as one of the key developments of 2014. This turnaround has been attested by the recovery of capital investment, by the resilience of the US economy to the Federal Reserve’s tapering process, and more recently by the strength of the US dollar.

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    Fathom China

    Profile: Great Wall Motor: Off The Road

    Great Wall Motor was once considered China’s most promising private car company. It had an excellent reputation, a strong and charismatic founder, a strong position in the fast-growing market for SUVs, and a head start in exporting cars to developed markets. Today, Great Wall risks losing its way.

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    Gavekal Research

    The Hong Kong Endgame

    Today, after a week of excitement, the democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong have largely fizzled out—at least for now. As the city returned to work on Monday morning, the remaining protesters did not try to prevent civil servants from reaching their offices in the government’s downtown headquarters. By midday the numbers outside the complex had dwindled to just a few scores, down from the many tens of thousands that had jammed surrounding...

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    Five Corners (1 October): The Energy Selloff

    Overview: Louis looks at the decline in oil prices and wonders whether the genesis can be found back in May when the leaders of China and Russia met for an historic summit.

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    Dr Copper Comes A Cropper

    It’s been a brutal year for commodities. Slower growth in China, and stalled economies in Europe and Japan, have eroded end-user demand even as the prospect of higher interest rates in the US has blunted investor appetite for zero-yield assets. At the same time the heavy investment of recent years is now bringing new sources of supply to market. In response, the S&P GSCI commodity index is down -7.2% over the year to date. Even copper, long...

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    Hong Kong's Democracy Protests

    The inhabitants of Hong Kong were treated over the weekend to the unusual spectacle of police battling political protesters in the city’s streets. Baton charges and volleys of tear gas might be common enough tactics in New York or London, but not in Asia’s leading international financial center. The rapid escalation of the protests over the weekend and the police’s strong-arm response shocked locals, and triggered a -2% fall in the city’s...

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    Gavekal Dragonomics

    Property Digs A Deeper Hole

    China’s local governments held a party for the housing market, but no one came. Most major cities (with some exceptions including Beijing and Shanghai) have rolled back measures restricting housing purchases since June, but housing sales are still weak. Previously, we had argued that the combination of a pickup in credit growth and the relaxation of purchase restrictions would help the downturn in property sales find a bottom relatively soon (...

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    5C China: The Losers From Lower Energy Prices

    China should cheer a decline in global energy prices: as the world’s largest consumer of coal and second-largest consumer of oil, cheaper energy cuts its import bill and gives consumers and businesses more money to spend on other things. But falling energy prices have in fact brought significant pain to parts of the country.

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