Yeah, we’re in a bubble. But China’s stock market is insane right now. Perhaps 1999 insane.
From the New Yorker:
Of seventeen hundred stocks on the Shenzhen Exchange, only four have fallen this year, and more than a hundred have seen their shares rise more than five hundred per cent. The Shenzhen Index as a whole has doubled since January, and is up more than two hundred per cent in the past year.
And from the Economist:
A hotel group rebranded itself as a high-speed rail company, a fireworks maker as a peer-to-peer lender and a ceramics specialist as a clean-energy group. Their reinventions as high-tech companies appear to have less to do with the gradual rebalancing of China’s economy than with the mania sweeping its stockmarket.
But perhaps the most beautiful thing of all: a pet food company trading at 221 earnings.
So… what happens if China has a crash?
It might very well be a disaster for the US.
The US wouldn’t sell as many treasuries (China is the largest foreign holder of US debt). I’m not sure this would have a major impact, but it wouldn’t be a good thing.
Less revenue for big US companies doing business in China (GM, Nike, Apple, etc.).
A collapse of commodity imports (copper comes to mind) which would affect our economic partners.
In the end, however, we really don’t know until it happens. But with China being a major global power, now is the time to pay attention.