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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 09:51 PM
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Chinese inflation might be out of control
Source: CNNMoney

One of the most popular debates in global macro circles currently relates to China and whether its economy is in a bubble. On the side of the bubble callers is one of the more successful short sellers of our generation, James Chanos. Admittedly, Chanos is usually on the right side of these big calls and, for the time being, I'm not going to debate him. Great Chinese bubble debate aside for now, how does Chanos's theory hold up in light of the data we've been reviewing?

Data from various sources within China that we've seen over the past few weeks has pointed us directly toward one simple conclusion: China is experiencing serious inflation.

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As of now, the Chinese economy is signaling the need for more aggressive tightening based on the points above. But there is also the reality of negative real interest rates. Currently, the consumer price index is outpacing the one-year interest rate on savings of 2.25%, meaning the Chinese have no incentive to save any money. The two policies needed to offset inflation are an increase in interest rates and an upward revaluation of the Yuan. Both actions would help slow Chinese growth and commodity demand further in the coming months.

What worries Chinese economic planners considering these fixes is that rather than just slow down and control growth, they have the potential of "popping" the bubble, making Jim Chanos a happy man but also causing serious damage to China's export heavy economy. China would like to have it both ways right now: rapid growth and wealth creation, but also the safety of a properly valued, non-inflationary economy. That's a tough task: nearly every time we've seen this movie before, the ending is the same.

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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:01 PM
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1. China government has worked hard to reduce savings/investment.
They want to boost consumption as a portion of GDP.
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Suji to Seoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-10 03:01 AM
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2. Prices have remained relatively constant in the time I have lived here (18 months)
There has not been a major inflationary increase in prices of consumer goods (needs and wants), except in the real estate market.

It's pretty constant all over China too. Even in the expensive cities (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing), prices have held pretty steady.

I discount Macau and Hong Kong because they are SAR and not really considered part of Mainland.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-10 05:38 AM
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3. I had heard that real estate prices were driving the growth of China...eom
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Kringle Donating Member (411 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-10 05:50 AM
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4. how much does rice cost in China?
same, gasoline
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