Market Overview

Market Overview

Global Overview October 13, 2016

As we approach the homestretch and start to focus on 2017, global economies will be confronted by numerous challenges and uncertainties. As the world’s largest economy, the US will not only be adjusting expectations and realizations for the next four years based on who will be occupying the White House but also whether the Federal Reserve will finally have the will to pull the trigger and restart its initial feeble attempt which began almost a year ago to normalize interest rates. Many issues will remain on the table after Election Day. As much as Hillary Clinton appears to be in the lead to win the Presidential elections, recent revelations courtesy of WikiLeaks tell a confusing tale as to which HRC will be running this country. In addition, Wall Street is extremely fearful of Donald Trump winning, especially because of his very vocal opposition to existing treaties on trade and his open complaints about Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve.
Monday, October 17, 2016/Author: John Hsu/Number of views (596)/Comments (0)/

Global Overview July 13, 2016


At this point, we believe that China has dodged the big bullet. Hard landing is no longer in the vocabulary of most economists and forecasters. Detractors seem to have to resort to rehashing issues such as high leverage and high indebtedness to justify their bearish case. Yet there is no sign of impending doom. As a rather closed economy, the central government in Beijing has managed to keep rather tight control over China’s numerous problems. The recent fear about flight capital also seems to have abated. At the end of the day, foreign currency reserves still stand over $3.2 trillion. As new issues such as Brexit have grabbed the headlines, China seems to have faded to the back page. As an example, the recent decline of the yuan against the basket has not gathered much attention compared to what happened almost exactly a year ago. In the meantime, calm seems to have returned to the Chinese stock market as the economy stabilizes.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016/Author: John Hsu/Number of views (694)/Comments (0)/

Overview April 14, 2016

Since last summer, global economies and financial markets have been embroiled in a continuous series of turmoil. The key element has been attributed to uncertainties about the Chinese economy and the subsequent collapse of the Chinese stock markets initially back in July and the second wave literally at the beginning of this year.
Thursday, April 14, 2016/Author: John Hsu/Number of views (726)/Comments (0)/

Overview January 7, 2016

The 2016 global stock market meltdown is easily attributable to China. After all, China not only led the way timewise but also in terms of magnitude. Ostensibly, the China debacle was triggered by the widening spread between the onshore and offshore yuan and the ultimate move by the PBOC in changing the peg of the yuan to the dollar. In many respects, the further devaluation of the yuan has been anticipated since last August. Stock market sentiment has been further pressured by the anticipated lifting of the ban on trading by large shareholders. It was scheduled to expire towards the end of this week. Sentiment was not helped by newly formulated circuit breakers.

Friday, January 8, 2016/Author: John Hsu/Number of views (798)/Comments (0)/

Global Overview October 12, 2015

Summer has passed and so has the idea that the financial world was stepping off a precipice.

China, one of the main excuses for the doomsday scenario, seems to have stabilized. Actually China is going through a once in a lifetime transition, moving from a 19th/20th century manufacturing economy to a 21st century service/consumer driven one. Current statistics suggest that it is roughly half accomplished. So this is a classic case of the glass being half full or half empty. Manufacturing is slowing thereby giving voice to those who have embraced the thesis that China’s economy is seriously slowing down. Yet if one would bother to review China’s focus on service and consumer, one would likely discover that these sectors are growing double digit.

Thursday, October 22, 2015/Author: John Hsu/Number of views (750)/Comments (0)/