over 3 years ago • 2 mins
Chinese stocks experienced their biggest single-day jump in more than a year on Monday – and the Super Mario-style momentum gave markets around the world a boost as well 👾
The five-star performance seems to have been stoked by the Chinese government: a front-page spread in the state-sanctioned equivalent of the Wall Street Journal said a healthily rising stock market was key to the nation’s economic strength. That was followed by a surge in small-time Chinese “retail investors” setting up brokerage accounts and seeking to take advantage of the government’s tacit endorsement of stock-buying.
Usually individual investors, even when they club together, don’t have much of an impact on markets. But larger state-backed buyers are also known to snap up stocks on the government’s say so 🇨🇳 Their combined influence helped a key Chinese share index to rise almost 6% to a five-year high on Monday, while Hong Kong stocks leaped 4% into “bull market” territory. And the positive vibes sent markets around the globe up too, with the MSCI World Index hitting its highest level since early June.
The Chinese government’s article suggested investors would enjoy “the wealth effect of the capital markets”, implying it may take steps to prop up share prices if necessary. Yet such support is by no means just a Chinese phenomenon 💵 The US Federal Reserve has begun to buy corporate bonds – and by pushing their prices up and yields down, return-hungry investors have been driven towards even expensive-looking stocks.
Stock markets aside, this economic game’s got a long way to go before things get back to anything remotely resembling normal 🌎 Investment bank Goldman Sachs, for instance, just cut its US economic growth forecast for this quarter, saying consumer spending probably wouldn’t pick up as much as predicted. The president of the European Central Bank, meanwhile, is warning that the eurozone economy will undergo a massively disruptive shift over the next two years.
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