China real estate bubble

Reading the Tea Leaves of the Shanghai Composite

The Shanghai Composite is as close to a proxy for public firms in China as investors can get, and indexes are believed to reflect where markets think a nation's economy is headed. So what does it mean that, despite China's white-hot growth, the Shanghai Composite has been seriously lagging the S&P 500?

Will China's 'Have-Nots' Be Next to Rebel?

In most respects, China a world away from the oil-dominated autocracies in the Mideast now seething with anti-government unrest. But it faces similar issues: high inflation and a troubling wealth gap that could fuel social upheavals, if Beijing doesn't make some big changes.

A Rising Dollar and Cooling China Will Pop the Commodities Bubble

The dollar is looking mighty attractive, thanks to a reviving U.S. economy and eurozone woes, and it will only get stronger as traders who gambled that it would fall buy dollars to unwind their bad bets. Add in China's desperate need to get its overheated economy in check, and commodities prices look like they have nowhere to go but down.

Can Hong Kong Gently Deflate Its Real Estate Bubble?

Hong Kong took a new step this week to let some air out of its real estate bubble, levying a heavy tax on property flippers -- a move that has already sent asking prices there downward. But Hong Kong's real estate risks are dwarfed by those in Mainland China.

Asian Markets Mixed as Japan Celebrates Q3 Growth

Asian markets were mixed Monday. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index rose 1.1%, helped by new numbers showing the nation's economy outpaced economists' predictions and grew more than expected in the third quarter. In China the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 1% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index slid 0.8%.

China Hikes Rates, and the World Stumbles

China surprised international markets Tuesday by raising key interest rates for the first time in three years. The action, taken primarily for domestic reasons, caused a worldwide sell-off driven by the worry that it could cause the Chinese economy to slow down.

A Bride Shortage Fuels China's Real Estate Bubble

Political policies and financial circumstances factor in to China's red-hot real estate bubble, but the most surprising influence on the soaring cost of housing may be the relative shortage of brides in a country where single men under 20 outnumber single women by 32 million.