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New Charles Schwab Investing Whitepaper: Reform Plans Could Make Chinese Stocks Attractive for Investors

February 3, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Investors may anticipate a new phase of growth in China as a result of a comprehensive reform plan designed to restructure the country by 2020, according to a whitepaper published by Charles Schwab this week. The whitepaper, titled “ Why New Reforms Make Chinese Stocks Attractive ,” examines the potential for the Chinese government’s reform plans to create both higher quality and more sustainable growth in the country, reducing some uncertainty for investors. The main driver for optimism in China , according to Schwab, is the potential positive impact the reforms could have on both the financial sector and consumer spending. The whitepaper is published as a Q&A with Michelle Gibley , Director of International Research with Schwab Center for Financial Research , a division of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Schwab Center for Financial Research provides investors and independent advisors with Schwab’s point of view on a wide range of market, economic, investing, and financial planning insights and strategies. According to Gibley, “China could be a ray of light amid the current emerging market turmoil. Over the long term, we see potential for Chinese stocks to outperform stocks in other emerging markets as China’s economic reforms begin to take hold.” Key points in the whitepaper include: The next phase of growth in China might be characterized by slower, yet higher quality and more sustainable growth, even if only a portion of the reforms are actually implemented. The impact of China’s reforms on the financial sector could be significant. Reforms could open up new business opportunities for banks and improve the health of local government loans. Consumer spending could also see a boost from reforms to rural land rights, the household registration system and modification of China’s one-child policy, which may result in putting more money in the hands of consumers, increasing mobility of the labor force and potentially lifting consumption, respectively. Chinese stock valuations could rise as a result of higher quality growth amid negative investor sentiment toward emerging markets, creating an opportunity for risk-tolerant equity investors to take advantage of buying opportunities. There could be significant risks in China in the near-term, including increased volatility and uncertainty about the pace of growth and reform momentum as China’s policy makers balance the reforms with economic stability. The whitepaper notes that investors may consider keeping emerging market equity exposure equal to their long-term strategic allocation, while overweighting China within the emerging market equity allocation with a focus on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in large-cap Chinese stocks. “We see potential for risk-tolerant investors to ride out what could be significant volatility over the short term in China in order to take advantage of buying opportunities,” Gibley noted in the whitepaper. According to Schwab Center for Financial Research , the key economic reforms in China that investors should watch are: Reforms to rural land rights which will allow farmers to transfer and leverage land as collateral, Changes to household registration that could extend access to public services such as health care and primary education to millions of migrants, Loosening of the one-child policy which could increase consumer spending and improve sentiment, Fiscal reform at the local government level designed to create better transparency and improve the financial health of local governments, State-owned enterprises shifting to a more market-based environment focused on efficiency and return on investment while the government seeks to avoid job losses, and A series of reforms designed to make various aspects of the financial system more market-based. The full whitepaper, part of Schwab’s Investing Ideas series, is available here . Schwab Investing Ideas offer thoughtful analyses of key market trends and investing opportunities for investors. More information, including other recently published insights, can be found on Schwab’s Investing Ideas page . About Charles Schwab At Charles Schwab , we believe in the power of investing to help individuals create a better tomorrow. We have a history of challenging the status quo in our industry, innovating in ways that benefit investors and the advisors and employers who serve them, and championing our clients’ goals with passion and integrity. More information is available at www.aboutschwab.com . Follow us on Twitter , Facebook , YouTube , LinkedIn and our Schwab Talk blog . Disclosures Investors should consider carefully information contained in the prospectus, including investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. You can request a prospectus by visiting Schwab.com or calling Schwab at 800-435-4000. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. Investment returns will fluctuate and are subject to market volatility, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed or sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Unlike mutual funds, shares of ETFs are not individually redeemable directly with the ETF. Shares are bought and sold at market price, which may be higher or lower than the net asset value (NAV). International investments involve additional risks, which include differences in financial accounting standards, currency fluctuations, geopolitical risk, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. Investing in emerging markets may accentuate these risks. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Sections of this article contain forward-looking statements which reflect the author’s best judgment based on factors currently known but involve significant risks and uncertainties. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered an individualized recommendation or personalized investment advice. The investment strategies mentioned here may not be suitable for everyone. Each investor needs to review an investment strategy for his or her own particular situation before making any investment decision. All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice in reaction to shifting market, economic or geopolitical conditions. Data contained herein from third-party providers are obtained from what are considered reliable sources. However, accuracy, completeness or reliability cannot be guaranteed. Through its operating subsidiaries, The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) provides a full range of securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC , www.sipc.org ), and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; compliance and trade monitoring solutions; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through Schwab Advisor Services. Its banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and lending services and products. More information is available at www.schwab.com and www.aboutschwab.com . Schwab Center for Financial Research is a division of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (0214-0901) Charles Schwab Michael Cianfrocca , 415-667-0344 michael.cianfrocca@schwab.com Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.


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