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Mark Williams, Asia Income: Understanding the Chinese sell-off

Recent events in China’s mainland equity markets have been nothing short of spectacular. From their 12 June 2015 peaks until this week’s trough on Wednesday 8 July (a couple of days less than a month) the Shanghai Industrial index and Shenzhen Composite index had fallen 32% and 40%* respectively. A sell-off as sharp as this has unsurprisingly generated a huge number of column inches. This in turn may be contributing to some understandable uncertainty on the part of investors who are trying to gauge why the market has fallen and whether they should be changing their exposure to China.

When addressing these concerns, we think it is important that investors look beyond the headlines. In particular, there are two aspects that we would highlight.

John Husselbee: A classical approach to investing

A recent trip to an investment conference in Chicago allowed me to add to my nature v nurture research by listening to the thoughts of Meredith Jones, author of ‘Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (And How You Can Too)’.

In her work, Jones looks at the behavioural and biological reasons why a woman may invest differently, and she advocates the theory that women have an edge in managing money. One of her observations is that female managers tend to be less prone to overconfidence or overtrading and she suggests that lower levels (c.10% of the male level) of testosterone could be a contributory factor.

Jamie Clark, Macro-Thematic: Challenging the challenged

The incumbent banks are beset by sizeable legacy issues. To our minds, these underline the poverty of their prospects relative to their Challenger Bank counterparts. Politically, the government is seeking to reduce the systemic risk of the incumbents and sate the public’s hunger for credit-crunch recriminations; financially and regulatorily, they are burdened by the imperative to rebuild capital buffers so as to satisfy regulatory capital requirements, whilst also preparing for the Prudential Regulation Authority’s autumn ringfencing proposal; and operationally, they are hamstrung by ad hoc and creaking IT infrastructure that speaks more broadly of an outmoded business model.


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