Before this month's crash, Chinese markets doubled over seven months to peak at 5,166 in mid-June.
On the way up, anecdotes abounded of farmers abandoning their fields in favor of trading stocks on margin. By late June, there were more individual investors in China than the 87.8 million card-carrying members of the Communist Party of China.
Now, of course, the Shanghai Composite Index has crashed a staggering 28% since June 12. The boom isn't done going bust; there may still be more pain to come.
But the Chinese markets' spectacular crash obscures one of the most important market truths of the 21st century…
China is undergoing a massive transformation toward a consumer-driven economy – one that will see demand power surge to $67 trillion within a decade…
And one U.S. company has become the top choice to profit from this shift…
Stiff Headwinds Are No Match for China's Power
The recent Caixin Flash China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) reading at 48.2 disappointed the market, which expected 49.8.
A reading below 50 is considered to be a contraction. The PMI is based on new orders, inventory levels, production, supplier deliveries, and the employment environment across manufacturing, construction, retail, and service sectors.
That's down considerably from the heady days of 10% and even 14%, which honestly shouldn't come as a complete surprise.
As an economy gets bigger, sustaining high-percentage growth rates becomes more challenging.
But what many China watchers forget is that a 7% rate of GDP growth this year would produce more output than 14% did just 8 years ago.
That's because – as I highlighted for you back in November – China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest economy. China's GDP is $17.6 trillion, versus America's at $17.4 trillion, on the basis of purchasing power parity.
Thanks in part to this milestone, some believe China's economy is one that's transitioning from a manufacturing/export base to a consumer one.
And the current Chinese government is certainly doing its part to help steer it in that direction…
China's Crucial Transformation Has Already Started
With an initiative towards improving production efficiency called "Made in China 2025," the government is implementing a strategy to shift the mentality from quantity to quality.
There's even the "Internet Plus" effort, which attempts to lift efficiency in areas like automotive, electronics, and distribution through the use of digital technology.
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