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Barclays Survey: Global Investors Most Concerned About China Growth

By    |   Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:45 AM

The economic slowdown in China and other emerging markets has investors worried.

The latest Barclays Global Macro Survey of 970 investors, obtained by MarketWatch, shows that 36 percent view growth in China and other emerging markets as the most important risk to financial markets for the next year, topping the list.

Geopolitical risks came in second at 23 percent.

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In the fourth quarter, the Fed's withdrawal from easing ranked first at 40 percent. Now, less than 10 percent see that as the top risk.

"An overwhelming 84 percent of investors believe [China's] growth in 2014 will be below the official 7.5 percent target, while only 1 percent believes growth will exceed 8 percent," writes analyst Guillermo Felices, according to MarketWatch.

China's GDP expanded 7.7 percent in the fourth quarter.

"China is now perceived to be the large economy where growth is least likely to surprise to the upside," Felices says.

As for the United States, 40 percent of investors anticipate economic growth will be stronger than expected, up from less than 35 percent in the fourth quarter.

It's not just investors who are fretting about China's economy. Half of the U.S. companies operating in China see slower growth as one of the biggest risks they confront, according to an American Chamber of Commerce survey, The Wall Street Journal reports. That's up from 47 percent last year.

"With companies less sanguine about future economic opportunities in China, the business challenges become more apparent," the chamber said in a statement. "Unclear laws and inconsistent application of them remains a key challenge."

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