Chinese Regulators Unveil Measures To Try And Save Crumbling Stock Market

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China’s securities regulator announced Friday measures to stop the decline of the Chinese stock market following concerning economic indicators and property market fears, according to Reuters.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the regulatory body in charge of the Chinese stock exchange, revealed a cut in trading costs, support for share buybacks and encouragement for long-term investment in an effort to reverse the bearish stock market outlook, according to Reuters. The stock market decline, caused by low investor confidence, is a symptom of concerning economic data and a real estate sector burdened by huge debts. (RELATED: Trump-Appointed Judge Declines To Block Florida Law Banning Chinese Nationals From Owning Property)

The Shanghai Composite Index, a measure of China’s stock market, measured around 3,130 points on Friday, reaching its lowest point since January, according to MarketWatch.

The CSRC is also studying plans to extend trading hours, boost development equity funds and encourage index-listed companies to buy back shares in order to improve their attractiveness for investors, according to Reuters.

Investors are timid about the Chinese market due to troubling economic indicators, with exports, investment, factory output and retail sales all slowing, according to The Washington Post. Real estate, which accounts for 1/4 of Chinese economic activity, is in crisis as major developers struggle to pay their debts.

Major Chinese real estate developer Evergrande Groupe, which holds $340 billion in debt, announced Friday it would be heading to U.S. bankruptcy court in order to get approval for a restructuring plan for debts to foreign bondholders in order to avoid a default, according to the Associated Press.

Other Chinese regulators, including the Ministry of Finance, are considering cutting the stamp duty on stock trades for the first time since 2008 in order to stimulate and revive confidence in the equity market, according to Bloomberg. The move would be most beneficial to Chinese brokerages and hedge funds that utilize rapid-fire trading strategies.

The Chinese government announced Tuesday it would stop reporting the unemployment rate for people between the ages of 16 and 24, which reached four times the overall unemployment figure at 21.3%, according to NBC.

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