Peter Thal Larsen
Peter is Asia Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, based in Hong Kong. He oversees coverage of financial services and regulation. Prior to joining Reuters, Peter spent 10 years at the Financial Times. From 2004 to 2009 he was the FT’s banking editor, leading the paper’s award-winning coverage of global banking during the credit crunch. Between 2000 and 2004 Peter reported for the FT from New York. He played a leading role in the paper’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. A Dutch national, Peter has degrees from Bristol University and the London School of Economics. Follow Peter on Twitter @Peter_TL
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Mainland authorities are taking ever-bolder steps to prop up stocks which have dropped almost 30 pct in three weeks. Yet earnings growth is slowing and valuations are still high when compared with other markets. If fundamentals matter, Chinese equities have further to fall.
Shares in the enclave’s battered casinos rallied after June gambling revenues declined less than expected and the government loosened visa rules. Much of the bad news is priced in. Yet China’s ongoing graft crackdown precludes a speedy rebound. And valuations are still stretched.
The selloff is dramatic but only affects the relatively few people who own equities. A wider risk is that a prolonged slump would slow reforms and undermine faith in China’s rulers. In the short run, overt state support may be the most effective way to avoid losing credibility.
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