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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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Merryn Somerset Webb on the Tokyo tumble

‘The Tokyo tumble doesn’t bother me a bit’ is Merryn Somerset Webb, Editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek’s most recent article in the Financial Times. Discussing the sudden drop in Japan’s stock market, following its incredible rise only a few weeks ago, Merryn, an expert finance speaker, maintains that this is not something to be worried about and that these are natural highs and lows which will correct themselves.

Suggesting the fall “has been hugely exacerbated by the skittishness of all investors, domestic and foreign, and by their obsession with central banks”, Merryn advocates her long-standing belief that investment is better left to part-timers and in these situations long-term fundamental investors should “mostly be sitting this kind of thing out.”

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