Paper Money vs. Hard Assets - Should You Have Owned Buffalos Instead?

The limit prices for purchasing 5 stocks were set almost a month ago ranging from 15% to 50% down, which seemed almost impossible to reach at the time.  It shows the level of my willingness to buy these stocks at that time, but today, I am not so sure if I am willing to buy them with the set prices.  When I finally had a chance to open up my brokerage account, it was too late.  It was almost scary to see what has happened. 3 out of 5 stocks on my buying list automatically went from “open” to “complete”.   Should I hold off or drop price on the 2 left?  I immediately thought.  My confidence level in investing in these stocks has dropped since, but why?  I am mostly a long term investor, and these are mainly solid companies with a solid balance sheet.   The companies on my wish list are what I always want to buy - the more, the better, and I have just been waiting for the right moment like a ferocious tiger.  On a day like today, my hunger is somewhat replaced by fear.

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Shanghai Stock Market

The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SEE) (Pinyin: Shanghai Zhengquan Jiaoyisuo), located in the city of Shanghai with its headquarter at Shanghai’s new Pudongfinancial district, is the fifth largest in the world after the New York Stock Exchange, Tokyo Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange, and Hong Kong Stock Exchange.  It was founded in 1891 as Shanghai Sharebrokers’ Association and renamed in 1904 as Shanghai Stock Exchange.  After a number of historical interruptions, the present exchange was re-established in 1990.  For rules and regulations, and details about the Shanghai Stock Exchange, go to www.sse.com.cn.

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Shanghai Real Estate Market

Shanghai Real Estate Shanghai, China’s largest commercial center, is the home for several thousands of skyscrapers, the unique architecture of theYuyuan Garden, and the world’s third tallest building, the 101 storied Shanghai WorldFinancial Center.  The city has gone through tremendous changes in its real estate sector for the past two decades. Shanghai real estate market has experienced a robust growth since 1990s except a few downturns including the 1999 and 2005 dips.   Despite concerns on rising taxes and sales restrictions, demand has remained high until recently.  The continued economic prosperity has further sustained the city’s real estate market boom, and Shanghai remains a top real estate market in China in terms of sales volumes, floor spaces, and top real estates companies’ total assets.  Until recently,Shanghai real estate market shows no sign of slowing down. 

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Shanghai stock market opens to foreign firms

After almost two-year bull market, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index, which tracks both A and B shares, recorded a dismal performance since October 2007.  In 2008, The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) suffered an annual loss of over 60%, plunging from 4380 points to 1820 points and being the worst performing market in Asia.  SSE Governor Geng Liang and President Zhang Yujun attended SSE’s sixth annual Press Symposium early April, and Geng

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Time to Invest in Shanghai Real Estate?

Shanghai real estate market had a strong growth in 2007, and the Chinese government implemented the land appreciation tax and imposed additional restrictions on foreign investment in the sector. Just when it looked like the boom would go on forever, the average housing price in 70 cities suffered consecutive monthly decline during the second half of 2008, and for some cities, year 2008 was the worst in the past ten years.  To combate the impact of

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Business in Shanghai

Shanghai Bund

China, with its $2.5 trillion GDP, a high growth rate, and more than $1 trillion reserve, has become the third largest economy after U.S.and Japan in the 21st century. Shanghai, China’s largest city, in its unique historical and geographical position, is the center for economic power, foreign trade, modern infrastructure, and commercial and industrial growth as well as the world’s largest cargo port.  

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