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China’s Economy Falters, Discouraging Foreign Investors from Stocks and Bonds


Sep 18, 2023
China’s Economy Falters, Discouraging Foreign Investors from Stocks and Bonds

Foreign investors are displaying reluctance to invest in Chinese assets, as the country’s financial recovery struggles. In between December 2021 and June 2023, foreign traders sold off stocks and bonds worth $188 billion, according to Bloomberg. This trend comes as Beijing grapples with the challenges of stabilizing a crisis-ridden home sector and reviving development.

The causes for the outflow are multi-faceted. China’s economy has been underperforming, even just after 3 years of zero-COVID lockdowns. The country’s equity and debt markets saw a decline of 17% as international investors pulled their funds out. Also, the Chinese renminbi has been weakening and the home marketplace has faced consecutive crises for the previous two years. President Xi Jinping’s hardline policies, whereby US semiconductor firms like Micron have been banned and a regulatory crackdown wiped out an estimated $1.1 trillion in the marketplace worth of nearby Large Tech firms, have also contributed to the reduce in international investment.

According to a current survey by Bank of America, avoiding China has turn into a top rated priority for investors this year. Only 15% of the surveyed fund managers anticipate Beijing to implement a substantial stimulus package that would revive the economy and enhance stocks and bonds. The China Securities Index (CSI 300) has knowledgeable a important downturn of 23% because the starting of 2022, whilst the S&ampP 500 in the US has only declined by five% throughout the identical period. Additionally, fixed-revenue investors have also withdrawn around $26 billion from Chinese government bonds this year.

All round, foreign investors’ aversion to Chinese assets can be attributed to the financial challenges faced by Beijing, the restrictive policies of President Xi Jinping, and the continued instability in the home marketplace.