Investing in China

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ChinaChina is a hot investing opportunity, but investors must rely on suspect and limited information. The best way to find out what is going on in China is to travel and inspect a company, not possible to many investors. From Wall Street to the Great Wall: How to Invest in China by Jonathan Worrall and Peter O'Shea is an insider's guide to investing in the new China. The book is divided into two parts. In the first half, the readers will gain an understanding of China, its current history, and economic trends. In the second half, readers will learn how to invest in the market. A discussion of ETFs, mutual funds, and options will help the reader identify the best means for achieving individual goals. Later, readers will be exposed to industry information and learn about the major players in each market.

Understanding China for the Purpose of Investing

Investing in China can be a complex process due to the country's unique economic, political, and cultural environment. However, several resources can provide useful insights into understanding China and making informed investment decisions. Here's a roadmap:

  1. Books:
    • "The Search for Modern China" by Jonathan D. Spence: Provides a comprehensive overview of China's history from the 1600s to the present.
    • "China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know" by Arthur R. Kroeber: Offers a detailed look at the modern Chinese economy and its future prospects.
    • "Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State" by Yasheng Huang: It gives you an understanding of how capitalism works within China's unique political system.
    • "Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China's Extraordinary Rise" by Carl E. Walter and Fraser J. T. Howie: The book explains China's financial markets and how they differ from Western systems.
  2. Journals and Newspapers:
    • "The China Quarterly": A leading scholarly journal that covers contemporary China in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and more.
    • "South China Morning Post": This Hong Kong-based English-language newspaper provides comprehensive coverage of mainland China.
    • "The Economist" and "The Wall Street Journal": Both often have in-depth articles about China's economic policies and their impacts.
    • "Caixin Global": This is a Beijing-based media group providing financial and business news about China.
  3. Reports and Websites:
    • "China Economic Review": This website offers in-depth analysis of the Chinese economy and business environment.
    • McKinsey, PwC, and other consulting firms often publish detailed reports on China's economy and specific industries.
    • World Bank and IMF: They regularly publish reports on China's economic development and policies.
  4. Study Chinese Language and Culture: Knowing the Chinese language (Mandarin) is beneficial as it provides a deeper understanding of the business culture. Enroll in language classes or use language learning apps like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone.
  5. Courses: Platforms like Coursera and EdX offer online courses on China's economy and financial markets. Examples include "The Economics of Money and Banking" by Columbia University, which includes a section on China's financial system.
  6. Networking: Join professional networks related to China's economy and finance, such as LinkedIn groups and local chambers of commercen
  7. Engage with a Financial Advisor: Ideally, someone who specializes in international investments or has expertise in the Chinese market.