Category Archives: finance

Why so many financial scams are emerging – Victor Shih

Financial scams are emerging in China on an epidemic scale. Rising costs of living have enticed many to join these scams, says Victor Shih, associate professor in political economy and China expert at the University of California San Diego to the BBC. Local government did not step in.

What do auditors know about HNA? – Paul Gillis

Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis points at his weblog at the rumor Goldman Sachs has decided to suspend work on a HNA subsidiary IPO in the US, because they are unable to get enough information on this Chinese conglomerate. Gillis wonders what auditor PwC knows about their client.

Demand fuels house prices – Rupert Hoogewerf

Demand for houses, both inside and outside China, fuels a strong spike in house prices, says the latest Hurun Global House Price Index 2017 Half-Year Report, set up by its chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf. It is the first report taking the value of the Chinese Renminbi as a starting point, as most Chinese investors would do, Hoogewerf tells International Investment.

Financial institutions: earning on data – Shaun Rein

Online financial institutions like Alibaba’s Ant Financial and Tencent are developing new business models, where they make money on the giant amount of data they collect. Financial authorities are stepping in, for the right reasons, says business analyst Shaun Rein to the China Daily.

The fast-growing housing market of Wuxi – Rupert Hoogewerf

Traditionally Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou were benchmark cities when looking at the housing market in China. But when you want to know where global wealth is growing fastest, you might have to look at a few unfamiliar names, including Wuxi, overtaking Hong Kong as the most expensive city, says Rupert Hoogewerf, chief researcher of the latest Hurun Report, according to the South China Morning Post.

Outbound deals: small is beautiful – Ben Cavender

China’s financial authorities are cracking down on outbound deals, but not all deals are off-limits, says business analyst Ben Cavender. Especially smaller deals seem to avoid political scrutiny, he tells CNBC.

Risk and opportunities of the bitcoin – Mark Schaub

Chinese authorities have started to regulate the usage of the bitcoin. That is not necessarily a bad thing, writes Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub at the website of his law firm. “Regulation should be seen as an opportunity, too. More stringent rules translate to lower investment risk and increased legitimacy.”

Money laundering in China – Sara Hsu

Around 100 billion US dollar leaves China illegally each year, estimates financial analyst Sara Hsu. Only last year 380 banks were busted for money laundering. She discusses at CGTN what the government does to prevent those illegal transactions.

Overseas fintech strategies for Alibaba and Tencent – Matthew Brennan

After a killing domestic competition between Alibaba and Tencent, the fintech branches of both take their struggle international. Fintech analyst Matthew Brennan looks in TechNode at the strategies of Alipay and WeChat to conquer foreign markets.

State gets stronger in economy – Arthur Kroeber

State-owned companies are getting a stronger grip on the economy, at the expense of private capital, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, at the New York Times. The major investment of major tech firm in China Unicom was just the latest move.