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Demystifying the Yuan

The world's latest reserve currency

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China’s Debt Burden

This morning, I’m unfortunately caught up in getting to airports. So in the meantime, I’ll share this: Happy Monday. Rolling Alpha posts about finance, economics, and sometimes stuff that is only quite loosely related. Follow me on Twitter @RollingAlpha, or like my page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rollingalpha. Or both.

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Only 22% of China can drive

Here’s a Wall Street Journal article from over a year ago: “China Soon to Have Almost as Many Drivers as U.S. Has People“. An extract: As of [November 27, 2014], the number of Chinese motor-vehicle drivers was poised to break past 300 million people, according to the country’s top law-enforcement agency, including 244 million licensed passenger-car drivers. […]

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The Impact of the Yuan: Infographic

Rolling Alpha posts about finance, economics, and sometimes stuff that is only quite loosely related. Follow me on Twitter @RollingAlpha, or like my page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rollingalpha. Or both.

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More Chinese Stock Crashes

In case you missed it, China’s stock market took a massive dive yesterday: Although this would not be the first dive that it’s taken in the last month (if anything, it looks a bit tame by comparison): And this wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve written about it either. If you missed, the post […]

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MEANWHILE, IN CHINA

While we’ve all been watching Mr Varoufakis collectively refer to the Eurozone finance ministers as terrorists, China has been losing its mind. If that sounds boring, and you’d prefer to re-engage with some Greek crisis (I am almost out of words), then head on over to Ezra Klein at Vox. I particularly liked “Greece’s debt crisis […]

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China’s Counterfeit Condoms: Not Such a Bad Thing?

The Businessweek Article: China’s Counterfeit Condoms I mean – how could I resist? It’s a ready-made soapbox to stand up and make a counterargument about counterfeiting. And also, there are the condoms. About six months ago, I listened to Loretta Napoleoni give a lecture at the LSE* about her book “Maonomics”. And she made the […]

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Why The Yuan Should Scare You

Today, I want to talk about the convertibility of the Chinese Yuan. Because China has announced a five year convertibility plan – which is HUGE NEWS. It’s like the dismantling of a dam wall that’s been holding back a fifth of the world’s water supply. There will be flooding. There will be displacement. The geography […]

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The Deal with Credit Cards

It seems that the week is all about the Chinese news stories; largely because even the business news is otherwise dominated by the Boston Bomber saga. An example: when I checked the “Most Popular” section on Bloomberg this morning, there were three (three!!) stories on the “Boston hero Jeff Bauman” who “looked at guy with […]

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Why China Needs To Grow

When I opened up Bloomberg this morning (and, admittedly, last night), there was a lot of interesting stuff happening in the business/economic/finance-y world. But the boring-sounding but-actually-not article that I’d really like to highlight: “PBOC’s Zhou says slower growth needed for restructuring“. Which just goes to show how much of a nerd I have become […]

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