Jefferies: China decoupling to smash ASX

Brian Johnson at Jefferies has not minced words:

On 20 July, we published Peking Duck and Beijing Beef detailing the rising frictions between Australia and China and some ASX200 implications emanating therefrom. The situation continues to deteriorate. Australia’s economic prospects are inextricably linked to China, given inbound Chinese immigration has been a strong contributor to Australian GDP, and China is our largest trading partner.

The linkages between the Australian economy and China are profound given China is Australia’s biggest trading partner; China has already imposed onerous tariffs on Australian agricultural imports; China immigration has fuelled the Australian housing bubble; Australia is a services based economy with a meaningful education sector servicing Chinese foreign students and tourism sector servicing Chinese tourists; pre-COVID-19 immigration-fueled population growth masked a GDP per capita recession; post the 2008/09 Global Financial Crisis the Australian economy was a major beneficiary of China stimulus given exports of iron ore (China still needs Australian iron ore); and COVID-19 could yet spell the end of globalisation of which Australia has been a major beneficiary.

The companies at risk include:

Roughly half of the ASX is at risk of reprisal and fallout as the great decoupling gathers pace. It will ebb and flow but the trend is set.

Get your money offshore before markets realise and crash the Australian dollar.

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MacroBusiness Fund, which is powered by Nucleus Wealth. The fund holds extensive offshore positions and intends to build more as opportunities arise.

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  1. Don’t panic.

    The brains trust that is the board members is ASX listed companies will already have alternative strategies underway to obviate any potential fallout from a possible China-Australia decoupling. These plans would have been originally formulated decades ago and refreshed every year or so since.

    You would be best not to misunderstand the quality of our business leaders.

  2. From SMH today …. oops

    In breaking potato news, Pure Foods Tasmania wants to expand on Tasmania’s reputation in China as a pristine food-growing environment by purchasing a family-run potato farm.

  3. Don’t worry, under the dogged command of Captain Twiggy, First Mate Gina, and with the able assistance of riggers Stokes, Harvey and Triguboff, I’m sure our political and business leaders will guide us through these perilous waters into safer harbour, where all the ordinary seamen will be fed to the sharks, and all of the burdensome weight of our liberal democracy jettisoned in order to save the ship.

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