China in 2017: A year of uncertainty

As China continues its transition to consumer-led economic growth, notable political change is in the wind — both at home and in dealings with the new U.S. presidential administration. The Chinese economy also continues to be a source of volatility in the near term. However, our global fixed income team sees the ongoing secular economic planning as a stabilizing factor. In this commentary paper, the team examines a range of issues facing China in the near term, from geopolitical forces to currency to infrastructure development.

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The views expressed represent the Manager’s assessment of the market environment as of March 2017 and should not be considered a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell any security, and should not be relied on as research or investment advice.

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