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The real value of China’s stock market

Jennifer N. Carpenter, Fangzhou Lu and Robert F. Whitelaw

No 2, BOFIT Discussion Papers from Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition

Abstract: This paper shows that, counter to common perception, stock prices in China are strongly linked to firm fundamentals. Since the reforms of the early 2000s, stock prices are as informative about future profits as they are in the US. Although the market is segmented from international equity markets, Chinese investors price individual stock characteristics like other global investors: they pay up for size, growth, liquidity, and long shots, while they discount for systematic risk. Price informativeness is significantly correlated with corporate investment e ciency. For international investors, China's stock market offers high average returns and low correlation with other equity markets.

JEL-codes: E44 F30 G12 G14 G15 O16 O53 P21 P34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-01-19
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