Promises, Threats, Big Bets and Funny Business

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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China Outlook 2017: Property bubble spreads to more cities

Source: Deutsche Bank

Source: Deutsche Bank

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