Sunday, July 12, 2009

China vs America

Interesting column from Larry Kudlow about how China continues its relative increase in importance due to its less socialist policies. An excerpt:

"There’s no question that current government policies for taxes, spending, and regulation are causing the U.S. to lose competitiveness in the global race for capital, prosperity, and growth.

Of course, China has been moving in the direction of free-market capitalism for years. To some extent, this shows the positive benefits of America’s free-trade policies and its open-mindedness in helping nurture not only China growth, but also middle-class prosperity worldwide....

....Fortune magazine recently reported that the number of U.S. companies in the world’s top 500 fell to the lowest level ever, while more Chinese firms than ever made the list. Thirty-seven Chinese companies now rank in the top 500, including nine new entries. Meanwhile, the number of U.S. firms has fallen to 140, the lowest total since Fortune began the list in 1995. This is not good.

China also surpassed the U.S. as the world’s biggest automaker in the first half of 2009, with June sales soaring 36.5 percent from a year earlier. The Chinese registered 6.1 million car sales for the first half of the year. That way outpaced American sales, which were only 4.8 million.

And China has no capital-gains tax. It only has a 15-to-20 percent corporate tax. The U.S., on the other hand, is raising its cap-gains tax rate to 20 percent. It’s also increasing its top personal tax rates."


Blogger Ke said...

Stefan, this is why I'm investing in the RMB and will be doing business in China.

What is your opinion on the U.S. dollar? During the Great Depression, the people who came out on top were the ones that held on to cash. In our current global recession, it may be best to invest in short-term government bonds or cash itself.

The problem is that if Bernanke and Geithner are successful at hyperinflating the dollar, everyone holding the dollar will lose. Mish seems to think this is improbable while you believe that it will happen, am I correct?

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