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ECB has tools to avert Greek default

ECB has tools to avert Greek default

October 4, 2011 (Chinavestor) It may seem absurd for China stock investors to spend a whole lot of energy analyzing Greece's debt problems for the first sight. Remember, Greece's DGP amount to $310 billion, nothing compared to $10,090 billion for China. Yet this small country has a real impact on equity markets around the world.

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This is why Greece is a big deal

This is why Greece is a big deal

October 3, 2011 (Chinavestor) Investors in the U.S. and as a matter of fact all around the globe are confused about what impact Greece can have on the global economy. Greece's GDP is a $318 billion, just a small fraction of that of greater Europe. Yet European stocks are hostage of Greece's debt problems and have fallen over 70% since 2010.

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Dollar shines more than gold

Dollar shines more than gold

September 23, 2011 (Chinavestor) Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd. (HKG:2899), the largest Chinese gold miner, was among the worst components of the Shanghai Composite Index (SHA:000001) as well as the Hang Seng Index (INDEXHANGSENG:.HSI) on Friday. Hong Kong listed H-shares of the company fell 7.78% on Friday capping a week of steep losses. The stock is trading at HK$2.49 at new 52 week lows thanks to a 25% plunge this week alone! The stock is off 33.6% for the month as well.

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Why BAC trims stake in golden egg?

Why BAC trims stake in golden egg?

August 31, 2011 (Chinavestor) When news that Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) trimmed its stake to just 5% in China Construction Bank (HKG:0939) broke out, investors cheered in the U.S. The nation's largest commercial bank by number of branches and clients netted in $8.3 billion on top of Warren Buffet's $5 billion investment a few days earlier. But that's the end of the good news. And here is the other side of the coin.

Chinese financial institutions have been increasingly profitable since they went public, a trend that is about to continue. Commercial and Industrial Bank of China (HKG:1398), the largest Chinese financial institution, reported a net profit of $8.4 billion just for the second quarter! China Construction Bank (HKG:0939), the second largest lender, made $7.3 billion while Bank of China (HKG:3988) reported a net profit of $5.2 billion for 2011 Q2. So selling a stake in a golden venture raises a lot of questions.

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Will FXI and the CAF do well if inflation tames in China?

Will FXI and the CAF do well if inflation tames in China?

August 22, 2011 (Chinavestor) One of the advantages of being a China think tank is that investor tend to ask us the right questions, helping us to focus on issued that are important.  One of them is worth a short brain storming for the benefit of the general China stock investor community. Here is the question: "Do you have any perspective that if the next inflation number shows a sizeable move downward that the govt might hint at relaxing? They are putting their foot down pretty hard and they cannot risk overshooting, especially with the rest of the world looking as bad as it is. Your thoughts?"

The answer is that investors have to pay attention to the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (NYSE:FXI) and the Morgan Stanley China A-Share Fund (NYSE:CAF), among other ETFs. Here is why.

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