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Andrew Sheng, keynote speaker and renowned expert on sustainable finance, explores the implications of July’s ‘stress test’ on China’s stock markets.

Andrew Sheng speakerThe current slump, while not necessarily desirable, represents a ‘natural market correction’ Andrew Sheng asserts, writing for Project Syndicate.  Before its sharp falls from a June 12 peak of 5166, the Shanghai composite index had climbed 150% over the preceding 12 months.

This crash is the latest example of the instability and unsustainability of ‘highly leveraged markets’. China’s economy has succumbed to the ‘standard cycle of displacement, overtrading, monetary explanation, discredit and revulsion, all in a matter of less than 12 months’.

However, Andrew proposes that ‘allowing the stock market to develop’ was still the right move in order to address the balance within a Chinese economy relying heavily upon its debt market.

China must now use the lessons of this current ‘stress test’ to ‘drive the next phase of economic reform’.

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Gideon Rachman: “France should not daydream of the past”

Interesting article by Gideon Rachman in today’s Financial Times on the talk of a new revolution in France.  Rachman argues the country can no longer “look back to a glorious and turbulent national past” but face the future and “get on with the hard and unglamorous task of economic reform.”

To find out more about Gideon Rachman, or to book him as a speaker or moderator for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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