Inflation has been a huge concern in China for what appears like two years now considering the China stock market has been flat since mid 2009. China originally led the rally off the bottom during the financial crisis so its very plausible that China might be set up for the next leg up. The economy has been growing at 10% per year and the market is virtually flat. That doesn't compute.
Tidbits from the Bloomberg interview or just watch the clip below:
- The view that “the West is in trouble” is wrong when nations including Germany, Sweden, Australia and Canada are performing strongly, O’Neill said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong, recorded yesterday and broadcast today. Investors should “stop worrying so much,” said O’Neill, known for coining the BRIC acronym for Brazil, Russia,India and China.
- O’Neill, 54, said his strongest hunch is that China’s inflation may be close to easing, meaning the Chinese stock market may “go crazy” in the second half of the year. The central bank yesterday raised banks’ reserve requirements by half a percentage point to lock up cash that threatens to fuel gains in consumer prices.
- “Every little problem that crops up somewhere in the world is not going to create another black swan,” he said, adding that “there’s far too much conservatism,” in terms of investors holding cash.
Chart of the Shanghai Composite over the last 3 years. The market has been flat for 2 years now which is likely a big surprise to most market followers. The market has recently held and bounced off the 200ma that is now slopping upwards. Some clearly bullish signs if it can break above recent overhead resistance in 3,100 range.