Category Archives: investments

2017: Even sharper drop in outbound investments – Shaun Rein

At the end of 2016 a sharp decline in outbound investments by China became clear as financial restrictions kicked in. Business analyst Shaun Rein expects the curtailing measures to last for at least six months into 2017, he tells the South China Morning Post.

Xiao Jianhua: the bag man of the powerful – Rupert Hoogewerf

China´s powerful families use so-called “bag men” to deal with their wealth. The disappeared billionaire Xiao Jianhua was such a bag man, according to China rich list producer Rupert Hoogewerf, including the family or president Xi Jinping to the Financial Times. Finding information on Xiao had been tough.

Trump lets China help compete with Mexico – Jeffrey Towson

While analysts watch a potential trade shoot-out between the US and China, US president Trump might help China in other ways, for example helping them compete with Mexico, says Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson in the China Daily. Mexico has been winning from China in producing cars and autoparts, and abolishing NAFTA might change that.

Getting to know your China investors might be tough – Victor Shih

Some concern emerged in Canada when an investment company Leadon Investment Inc had invested US$1 billion in local hotels. Getting to know who is behind those investment vehicles with a China background might be very hard to discover, says financial analyst Victor Shih to the Vancouver Sun.

Asahi leaving Tsingtao as market disappoints – Shaun Rein

Asahi is selling its minority stake in Tsingtao beer as the beer market in China is not giving it the gain it expected since it entered in 2009, says business analyst Shaun Rein to Bloomberg. “Tsingtao is in trouble,” said Rein. “It’s not premium enough, and it’s not cheap enough.”

Private health insurance: lacking impact – Jeffrey Towson

While health care insurance has been high on China´s political agenda, the impact of private insurance is still very limited, writes Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson in the Asia Nikkei. Before turning to possible solution, he paints the grim picture.

The sale of McDonald´s China: three viewpoints

The decision to sell a controlling stake of McDonald´s to private investors in the Carlyle Group, Citic Capital and Citic Group triggered off mixed reactions among analysts. Retail analyst Ben Cavender says the new investors can help to refurbish and expand the chain. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson sees a different management style, that makes competitor KFC run for its money. But business analyst Shaun Rein sees to end to the inevitable decline of McDonald´s.

Fintech, mobile and social commerce in 2017 – William Bao Bean

China is becoming fast one of the most innovative markets, explains Shanghai-based managing director William Bao Bean of the Chinaccelerator. Fintech and mobile will leave their marks on 2017, he explains to a non-Chinese audience. While startups have a hard time to find funding, 9% of the startups in Shenzhen get one million US dollar in funding. In stead of joining foreign multinationals, young Chinese prefer now an entrepreneurial career.

Alibaba moves more into brick-and-mortar – Ben Cavender

Internet giant Alibaba paid US$2.6 billion for the retailer Intimate group, another sign Alibaba wants to leverage its online presence to brick-and-mortar retail operations, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Earlier it bought also leading retailer Suning.

William Bao Bean: the man behind one of the successful accelerator programmes in China

Often innovator William Bao Bean prefers to give the stage to his China-related innovative startups, but ahead of the MOX – the Mobile Only Accelaretor in both Taipei and Singapore in March, E27 profiles the force behind China´s drive for innovation.