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  • uploads///Mutual Funds Exposure to Financial and Consumer Discretionary Sector
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Impact of the Slowdown in China’s Retail and Financial Sectors

    The financial sector is the largest sectoral component of all four mutual funds. So how the sector performs will have a major impact on the returns of these funds.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Portfolio Composition
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Are the Portfolio Compositions of CHNIX and MCHFX?

    Stocks from the financial sector form the biggest chunk of both funds. These stocks make up 33.9% of CHNIX, while forming 23.8% of the MCHFX.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Manufacturing PMI and GDP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are There Opportunities amid China’s Manufacturing Slump?

    China’s manufacturing sector has been plagued by weak demand, rising labor costs, overcapacity in industries, and tighter resource and environmental constraints.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Portfolio Composition    MCHFX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    MCHFX Rose despite China’s Volatile Equity Market

    Despite China’s volatile equity market environment and a slowdown in the economy, MCHFX was able to post a positive performance for November 2015.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Chinas Foreign Exchange Reserves
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Did China End Its 4-Month Decline in Foreign Reserves in March?

    China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange, or SAFE, released foreign reserve data for March on April 7, 2016. China’s foreign reserves rose $10.3 billion to $3.2 trillion in March.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Movement in the Conference Boards LEI for China
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Conference Board’s LEI Rose in August 2015 for China

    The Conference Board LEI (Leading Economic Indicator) for China aggregates six economic indicators that measure economic activity in China.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Performance of China Focused Mutual Funds
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    SSE Composite Index Fell after the United Kingdom’s Vote

    The SSE Composite Index fell for the week ending June 24. The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU caused tremors across global markets.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///China Caixin Manufacturing PMI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Caixin China Manufacturing PMI Contracted Sharply in May

    The Caixin China manufacturing PMI (or purchasing managers’ index) contracted further in May 2016 and came in at 49.2 compared to 49.4 in April.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///China Caixin Manufacturing PMI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Caixin Manufacturing PMI Still below Threshold in April

    China’s Caixin Manufacturing PMI fell to 49.4 in April from 49.7 in March. This indicated further deterioration in the manufacturing sector.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Performance of China Focused Mutual Funds
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    SSE Composite Index Was Flat as NPC’s Annual Meeting Ended

    The Shanghai Stock Exchange (or SSE) Composite Index was almost flat from March 9–March 16 and ended at 2,870.43 points on March 16. This occurred after China’s National People’s Congress wrapped up its two-week annual meeting by approving its 13th Five-Year Plan.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///China PMI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s February PMI: How It Affects Crude Oil Tankers

    Markit’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) for China, which is an indicator of the country’s economic health, came in at 48 (MCHI) (FXI) in February 2016.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • uploads///Chinas Official Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Official Manufacturing PMI Fell Further in February

    China’s official manufacturing PMI (or purchasing managers’ index) reading for February came in at 49.0.

    By Lynn Noah
  • Macroeconomic Analysis

    Matthews China Fund: 2015’s Top Performer with Lowest Expense Ratio

    The Matthews China Fund – Investor Class (MCHFX) is the second-largest fund under this review, with net assets of $607.0 million as of January 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Chinas Official Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Slowdown in Manufacturing Sector Forces China to Shift Its Focus

    China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index reading for January was down and came in at 49.4 as compared to 49.7 in December 2015.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Performance of China focused Mutual Funds
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    SSE Composite Index Was Flat from January 27 to February 3

    The SSE Composite Index was flat from January 27 to February 3. It ended at 2,739.25 points on February 3, 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Performance of China focused Mutual Funds for September
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Performance of 4 China-Focused Mutual Funds in September 2015

    For the one-month ended September 30, 2015, the Clough China Fund Class A (CHNAX) stands out as the worst performer of our China-focused mutual funds with a return of -2.2%.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Price movement of four Chinese Mutual Funds
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Slowing Chinese Economy Raises Speculation about Global Growth

    With the slowdown in the Chinese economy, achieving a gross domestic product (or GDP) growth rate of around 7% in 2015 seems difficult. There are also rising concerns of a slowdown in the world economy.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Performance of China focused Mutual Funds for the week ended September
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    SSE Composite Index Fell for the Week Ending September 25

    The SSE (Shanghai Stock Exchange) Composite Index fell by 0.20% week-over-week and ended at 3,092.35 points on September 25, 2015.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Chinas Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Are China’s CPI, PPI, and Debt Data Indicating?

    China’s CPI rose to 2% in August year-over-year, mainly due to higher food prices, especially pork, and not due to an improvement in economic activity.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Fluctuations in the value of Yuan
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Surprise Yuan Devaluation and the Consequences

    The yuan devaluation may provide little help in boosting exports. The People’s Bank of China (or PBoC) surprisingly devalued the yuan by nearly 2% against the US dollar on August 11.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Slowing Export and Import growth rate
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Foreign Trade Is Slowing Down

    China’s foreign trade data for August were released on September 8. China’s exports in US dollar terms fell 5.5% year-over-year (or YoY) in August, while imports fell sharply by 13.8% YoY.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Matthews China Investor Class
    Fund Managers

    How Did the Matthews China Fund Perform in August?

    The Matthews China Fund Investor Class (MCHFX) aims to achieve long-term capital appreciation.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Mutual Funds Exposure to Industrials Sector
    Fund Managers

    Caixin China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index Hits 47.3

    In August, the Caixin China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index reached a low of 47.3, up slightly from the flash reading of 47.1 but down from 47.8 in July.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///China Focused Mutual Funds Performance
    Fund Managers

    China-Focused Mutual Funds: Performance as of September 2

    In this article, we’ll compare the performance of four China-focused mutual funds. China’s stock market crashed on August 24, 2015, and the effect of the crash is clearly visible in their one-month returns.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Mutual Funds Exposure to Industrial Sector
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Flash Reading for Caixin China Manufacturing PMI

    The Caixin China Manufacturing PMI was down to 47.1 from 47.8 in July, indicating that the economy is slowing down. China’s annualized industrial production fell 6.0% in July from a rise of 6.8% in June.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///borrowed funds fueled rise in stocks
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Chinese Stock Market Meltdown Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

    The Chinese stock market meltdown is just one of the indicators of how fragile the Chinese economy is.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Sharpe Ratio
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China-Focused Mutual Funds: Risk-Adjusted Returns as of June 10

    The Fidelity China Region Fund Class C (FHKCX) stands out as the clear winner in risk-adjusted performance. It continues to dominate its peers with a Sharpe ratio of 3.3.

    By David Ashworth
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