New Year for China: 2008

With China’s GDP growth rate reaching over 8% over the past 5 years, China still may be in it for another year. China looks good for the long run, but their short run bubble may be a risky investment. With the Olympics coming and FDI in 2007 reaching 67.3 billion dollars, the highest in the world, China may have risk of a slow down. Problems include their 1.5 trillion USD forex reserve and their appreciating currency which are at the forefront of news.

Expectations have been rising faster then…

Quick Look at China’s Currency Policy Position

As we all know there has recently been pressure on China to appreciate their currency because of the trade imbalances seen in Europe and America. As well, other East Asian countries are running into problems with their markets because China’s currency is doing so much better then theirs. Here is a quick run down of the problems, which can help you to analyze the situation.

The biggest problem is that China’s currency is undervalued by as much as what some people think is up to 35%…

Regional Policy Reorientation and its Dilemmas: China’s Past Affecting the Future

Developing the coastal regions for so long during the Mao period has left a huge disparity between the economies of the interior and the coast. The gap is so large that even though the interior in some areas is growing at the same rate as the coastal regions, the absolute gap only grows larger because of the disparity of their starting points.

While the six and seven five-year plans were based on the system that economic development would diffuse into the center from the coastal regions, this was not a good idea…

Rural China left behind

After having the opportunity to visit a rural farming community in China it made me realize many things about China’s impressive growth. It is not an efficient growth, but an inefficient one. We see skyscrapers and massive Olympic structures being constructed every month but this is only a small part of China. Outside the two great cities of Beijing and Shanghai some small communities with de-collectivized farms hardly have any paved roads, and some have none at all. While we see this huge growth in China now, I do not believe that this growth is sustainable. My main reasons are as follows:

1. No infrastructure between inner and coastal China exists. During my visit to a small village the people said…

China: The Red Dragon

Over the course of this month I will be posting a series of articles on the Chinese economy. Just so you all know, I have been studying here at Beida for the semester or as foreigners call it Beijing (Peking) University and have come across some interesting realizations about China and their economy. While I (more…)

Investing in Africa

China’s market is getting harder and harder to understand; if they are in a bubble and how long it will last, or if there will be a correction and when, is a major topic with the coming Olympics. So I thought I would move the topic to another area. While there have been huge amounts (more…)

Is This Rate Cut Good for the U.S.?

As we all saw on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve made equal 25 basis point cuts to the Federal Funds Rate and the Discount Rate. While we are happy that core inflation is not going to be a large problem with this rate cut, and that we are easing rates in a growing economy where we just saw the U.S. economy grow at an annualized growth rate of 3.9%, I believe that many other problems will arise.

While lowering rates will bring along a lower borrowing cost I do not think that our economy needs this. Doing this will only bring people to spend more money on things they do not need. As we saw already companies that sold necessities like The Procter & Gamble Company(NYSE:PG) and Johnson & Johnson(NYSE:JNJ) have both been doing well though the subprime market problems.

Lowering rates now will also…

Oil is Out. Ethanol and Alternative Power Coming In

With oil prices hitting $92 a barrel and could possibly go higher, corn and soy ethanol are sounding pretty cheap and are beginning to be a real alternative, not just something we talk about. E85 can even be found for under $2.00 a gallon in cities scattered across the United States, where gasoline sits almost (more…)