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AllianceBernstein Library

Perspectives

Future Shock: How China's Reforms are creating Risks (and Opportunities)

How China’s Reforms are Creating Disruptive Risks (And Opportunities)

Anthony Chan
Asian Sovereign Strategist
Stuart Rae
Chief Investment Officer—Asia-Pacific ex Japan Value Equities

China, in the eyes of the world’s media and investment commentators, has gone from being an economic marvel to facing a looming crisis in just a few years. This fall from grace is easy to understand, given the slowdown in the country’s growth, the structural challenges it faces, and its size and overall importance to the world economy. Clearly, China poses risks to investors. One risk in particular concerns us, however: the risk that investors may be underestimating China’s upside potential. Unless investors take a balanced view of the risks facing China, we believe they could experience strong “future shock” in the next few years if, as is still possible, the country succeeds in its objectives.

June 1, 2015

Could the European Central Bank Bring its Asset Purchases to an Early End?

Darren Williams
Senior Vice President and Senior European Economist

The ECB has promised to pick up the pace of its monthly asset purchases should downside risks to inflation resurface. In light of recent data, though, perhaps the question we should be asking is whether or not the ECB could pare back its purchases even further? Almost certainly not in the near term, but it is something for investors to have on their radar when we enter the second half of the year.

January 13, 2017