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The battle between China and Japan for the title of largest holder of this dubious asset is not very interesting. What's more interesting is the question of where China is instead opting to invest. After all, $34.2 billion is a fair chunk of change, and China's overall reserves are growing - not shrinking - and now total $2.4 trillion.
The People's Bank of China usually keeps its holdings a carefully guarded secret, much more so than for most central banks - our knowledge of its holdings of Treasuries comes from U.S. data, not from China. We do, however, have some evidence about the Chinese government's investment thinking, thanks to the holdings of China Investment Corp., the country's $200 billion sovereign wealth fund.
To discover the details of China’s global investments, please read on...
[Editor's Note: This essay is adapted from "Fiscal Hangover," which will be published on Monday (Nov. 16).]
With all the financial woes in the global economy, the worst thing an investor can do is to "freeze up." With all the ups and downs in the market, it's all too easy for investors to allow their emotions to take control. That's when the smallest mistakes turn into the biggest mistakes.
Since this is a close-ended balanced mutual fund that pays a very attractive yield, the fund can invest between 50% to 60% in municipal bonds and between 40% to 50% in global equities. It also can trade at a premium or a discount to net asset value.