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How US Investment Banking Excesses Helped China’s State Sector

When the banking crisis broke in September 2008, the global economy went into shock and nearly collapsed. The Chinese government was widely seen as being the most proactive in reacting to the crisis, injecting more than US$570 billion into the Chinese economy. Because China’s four leading banks are all state-owned, all of this money quickly [...]

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It’s Worse Than You Imagined

Warning: If you are easily frightened, upset and can get depressed, please do not read this article. The content is strong not in its language, but in its implications. On Twitter I have acquired a reputation for my “Tweets of Doom”. For the most part, I do not consider myself to be a pessimist but [...]

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What Happens To E-Commerce When Credit Cards Don’t Work?

During the past several years in China, I have spent a good deal of my time explaining to Americans that e-commerce solutions do not have to depend on credit cards. In many parts of the world, such as Germany and Japan, and in China, e-commerce is about building payment gateways to different banks using debit [...]

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Chinese Government’s CSRC To Fund Managers: No Bad News

The Chinese government’s watchdog for equities, the CSRC (China Securities Regulatory Commission) has issued an edict to local fund managers that they are not to issue any pessimistic reports about equities during the Olympics in Beijing. My question is “Why bother?” The Shanghai market has been down 50% in the first half of the year, [...]

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Risk Is In The Eyes of the Beholder Part II

Chris Masse’s excellent MidasOracle.org, which focuses mainly on prediction markets, has a posting called Journalism Failures – Big Time. The Midas Oracle article links to an article by Risk magazine nominating Societe Generale as the equity derivatives house of the year. (You better check out the link soon before the magazine’s management takes it down.) [...]

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Chinese Face, Chinese Heart Part I

One of the frequent questions I run into in China is how western Internet companies coming into China should position themselves for growth in China. Should they try to be western, or should they try in the shortest possible time, try to become Chinese, hiring Chinese for their local staff and management? Under what circumstances [...]

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