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China markets are only 'uninvestible' for slackers

Shuli Ren
Shuli Ren4/21/2022 12:17 AM GMT+08  • 3 min read
China markets are only 'uninvestible' for slackers
China has churned out a lot of listed e-commerce, video gaming and social-media unicorns. / Photo: Bloomberg
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Nursing trillions of dollars in losses as they navigate China’s stock markets, foreign investors have complained that the world’s second-biggest economy is becoming “uninvestible.” The truth is, they are just making excuses for their poor due diligence and dismal returns.

No one ever said investing in China was easy. Putting your money in developed markets is much more straightforward. In the US, investors need only look at the Federal Reserve (Fed) to gauge market directions.

In China, the cruel reality is that dozens of obscure bureaucratic bodies can ruin your trading day, if not your year. Last July, the cybersecurity watchdog seemingly sprang out of nowhere, launching an investigation into Didi Global Inc, just days after the ride-hailing giant’s US$4.4 billion ($6 billion) initial public offering in New York.

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