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Outside the Box: These are all the reasons U.S. investors should keep worrying about China

If you think the U.S. stock market has been a bit jittery recently, spare a thought for Chinese investors. The Shanghai Composite index SHCOMP, +0.02% has dropped more than 30% from a January high. Yet, while Federal Reserve policy, energy prices and corporate earnings dominate global investors’ concerns, China will be right up there before long.

As the world’s second-largest economy, China is already a big deal for investors. Its voracious appetite for energy, and industrial metals and minerals are reflected quickly in the economic fortunes of commodity-producing economies and mining companies. The magnet of China’s consumer and construction markets means the earnings of many western companies are to a degree hostage to the success of China’s macroeconomic and structural policies.

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