A Bull in China: Investing Profitably in the World's Greatest Market

 
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If the twentieth century was the American century, then the twenty-first century belongs to China. According to the one and only Jim Rogers, who¡¯s been tracking the Chinese economy since he first went to China in 1984, any investor can get in on the ground floor of ¡°the greatest economic boom since England¡¯s Industrial Revolution.¡± But the time to act is now.

In A Bull in China, you¡¯ll learn which industries offer the newest and best opportunities, from power, energy, and agriculture to tourism, water, and infrastructure. Rogers demystifies the state policies that are driving earnings and innovation, takes the intimidation factor out of the A-shares, B-shares, and ADRs of Chinese offerings, and profiles ¡°Red Chip¡± companies, such as Yantai Changyu, China¡¯s largest winemaker, which sells a ¡°Healthy Liquor¡± line mixed with herbal medicines. Plus, if you want to export something to China yourself¨Cor even buy land there¨CRogers tells you the steps you need to take.

No other book¨Cand no other author¨Ccan better help you benefit from the new Chinese revolution. Jim Rogers shows you how to make the ¡°amazing energy, potential, and entrepreneurial spirit of a billion people¡± work for you.

Customer Reviews:

  • This book will make you money
    Anytime someone makes you a lot of money, you tend to become a fan. And so I am a fan of Jim Rogers. I believe this man makes a lot of sense when he talks economics. I learned this by reading his earlier books about driving around the world. He admits to being a lousy trader. But he is great at looking at the big picture and investing according.

    He made me money with an earlier book, Hot Commodities, which I had for four years before I invested in commodities. If I had invested when I first read the book, I would be retired 2 or 3 times over. Even though commodities have taken a huge tumble lately the bull market is not over yet and they will make me more money.

    But this book is about the money that can be made in China. If you watched the 2008 Olympics you saw a new China. The reports from China are amazing. The growth, the production, the consumption, and everything about China is not just super-sized, it's gigantic-sized. With three stock exchanges, close to double digit GDP growth every year, and the largest financial reserves, there is plenty of opportunity here.

    I am writing this review to help you decide if you should buy this book or not. I hope this review helps. If you want to read more of my reviews of stock trading and investment book, you can get them at www.thetradingtipster.com.

    Another reviewer has already painstakingly detailed the book chapter by chapter. My takeaway is that if you are looking for places to invest, then get this book. It explains why China is growing and why it will continue to grow. This book also breaks down all the sectors of the economy. Everything from travel to agriculture to the Chinese space program is discusses and dissected in easy to understand language. Dozens of companies are also listed with brief descriptions of each. The descriptions are good because you get a sense of what if happening in China, but for the average American investor most of these companies cannot be invested in.

    But even if you only focus on Chinese companies listed on NYSE and NASDAQ or get into the Chinese Market ETF (FXI) you can still make a nice long term gain. The author stresses that investing in China is a long term process with ups and many downs along the way. He does not recommend any company in the book, he only mentions them to give the reader a broad understanding.

    If you want to know what's going on in China and profit from it, from a man who knows how to make money, this book is a great place to start. It opened my eyes to China when I first read it and am patiently waiting for an opportunity to invest in the largest bull market of our lifetime. The author compares China to the Wild West of America. Lots of money to be made, but you have to be careful.

    By looking at the trends in the US market and what is going on around the world, it makes sense to reason that investments for the next few decades will probably get a higher return in places like China than in the US. Even if you don't agree with me on this point, you will probably agree that diversifying by investing in China is not a bad idea. And if you believe that then this book will help.
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  • I liked his other books
    This book was pretty superficial with long lists of stocks (very little information on merits of each).

    And while I do agree that China is the next superpower, this book sounded a lot like propaganda (not balanced)....more info
  • The A, ADR, B, H, J, L, N, NET, OTOBB, and STAQ of Trading Chinese Shares
    One of the many complications of investing in Chinese equities is deciphering where they can be traded at the lowest cost. Not all shares have the same rights and prices. Early in the book, Jim Rogers spells all of that out for you.

    In the same light style that made Investment Biker and Adventure Capitalist entertaining books, Jim Rogers tells you how China became a capitalist country again and is progressing towards becoming a greener, more innovative source of competition. Economic sector by economic sector, he describes where China was, is today, and seems to be headed. At the end of each sector, he lists the companies (and where the trade -- including the ticker symbol) while summarizing what they do and their three-year change in revenues and profits. It's a dazzling overview that you couldn't hope to match by reading a hundred magazine articles.

    This book is an excellent complement to Hot Commodities where Mr. Rogers explained beautifully the commodities boom that has enriched so many who have paid attention.

    I have two concerns about this book:

    1. Why bring this out when Chinese stock multiples are up in the stratosphere after climbing almost 100 percent in 2007?

    2. Although he strongly advises buying on dips, what's a dip for a stock that's trading at 75 times next year's projected earnings? There's no advice on this point.

    Mr. Rogers is certainly very bullish on China, and he doesn't see much that could go wrong for very long. Hmmm. That story seems familiar. I usually hear it just before a market pops. Is this book a sell signal for China? He points out that you can still play China indirectly through commodities. That is certainly the safer play. Why then invest in China? It's certainly a situation I cannot monitor personally very well. And I have no idea how accurate those financial reports are. I think the book could have used a few more caveats.

    Read and learn. But keep thinking before you do anything now....more info
  • Who will eat your lunch?
    As a professional in the investment business I highly recommend this book. I will sum it up in a few words. A book that all CEOs, World Leaders and anyone serious about understanding the positioning of the United States in the decades to come. A fascinating book written by an intriguing person, the combination equals a must read. ...more info
  • Pretty Superficial Analysis
    I was disappointed in this book. Having read Robyn Merideth's book on China and India and Rob Gifford's "China Road", I expected more insight from Jim Rogers. I had read his earlier book and found it useful and much more interesting. If you want a listing of the major "players" in the Chinese economy then this book is for you, but if you want anything more I don't think you'll find it....more info
  • Excellent roadmap for individual investors interested in China
    Kudos to Jim Rogers for writing this book, which serves as an outstanding window into the truly avant-garde capitalist markets of China. This book will be useful to American investors in three ways:

    1) It reveals the nature of publically traded Chinese companies that you never heard of--which may have no analogous forms in America for you to relate to, but which could lead to massive fortunes in the future. For example, who has heard of Jiangsu Expressway, Co., Zhejiang Expressway, Co., or Anhui Expressway, Co.? In China, the major expressways that collect tolls are publically traded. Could you imagine being an early investor in the New Jersey Turnpike? or the George Washington Bridge? or the Lincoln Tunnel?--not possible in America (yet). These are companies with near monopoly status, but regulated pricing power. And with car ownership exploding in China, these companies are surely worth investigating further.

    2) The book reveals where hundreds of Chinese companies trade, and the underlying logic behind the different share classes. The differing share classes of Chinese companies was very confusing to me in the past. Now, having read this book, I feel much more confident spending my hard earned money buying these shares on various markets.

    3) The book is written in a "top down" economics fashion. In a very logical progression, Jim Rogers describes various sectors of the Chinese economy likely to benefit from continued capitalist expansion (e.g. tourism, agriculture, defense)--and then lists companies in these sectors that should be fodder for additional research. Hence, the book is an excellent guide for further investigations into a capitalist system that would otherwise be too large and daunting to research easily.

    GREAT JOB!
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  • This book will make you money
    Anytime someone makes you a lot of money, you tend to become a fan. And so I am a fan of Jim Rogers. I believe this man makes a lot of sense when he talks economics. I learned this by reading his earlier books about driving around the world. He admits to being a lousy trader. But he is great at looking at the big picture and investing according.

    He made me money with an earlier book, Hot Commodities, which I had for four years before I invested in commodities. If I had invested when I first read the book, I would be retired 2 or 3 times over. Even though commodities have taken a huge tumble lately the bull market is not over yet and they will make me more money.

    But this book is about the money that can be made in China. If you watched the 2008 Olympics you saw a new China. The reports from China are amazing. The growth, the production, the consumption, and everything about China is not just super-sized, it's gigantic-sized. With three stock exchanges, close to double digit GDP growth every year, and the largest financial reserves, there is plenty of opportunity here.

    I am writing this review to help you decide if you should buy this book or not. I hope this review helps. If you want to read more of my reviews of stock trading and investment book, you can get them at www.thetradingtipster.com.

    Another reviewer has already painstakingly detailed the book chapter by chapter. My takeaway is that if you are looking for places to invest, then get this book. It explains why China is growing and why it will continue to grow. This book also breaks down all the sectors of the economy. Everything from travel to agriculture to the Chinese space program is discusses and dissected in easy to understand language. Dozens of companies are also listed with brief descriptions of each. The descriptions are good because you get a sense of what if happening in China, but for the average American investor most of these companies cannot be invested in.

    But even if you only focus on Chinese companies listed on NYSE and NASDAQ or get into the Chinese Market ETF (FXI) you can still make a nice long term gain. The author stresses that investing in China is a long term process with ups and many downs along the way. He does not recommend any company in the book, he only mentions them to give the reader a broad understanding.

    If you want to know what's going on in China and profit from it, from a man who knows how to make money, this book is a great place to start. It opened my eyes to China when I first read it and am patiently waiting for an opportunity to invest in the largest bull market of our lifetime. The author compares China to the Wild West of America. Lots of money to be made, but you have to be careful.

    By looking at the trends in the US market and what is going on around the world, it makes sense to reason that investments for the next few decades will probably get a higher return in places like China than in the US. Even if you don't agree with me on this point, you will probably agree that diversifying by investing in China is not a bad idea. And if you believe that then this book will help.
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  • Not bad for non-Chinese investors
    However, it includes little information for Chinese investors, since lots of things written in the book are well known for the Chinese....more info
  • Poorly written with superficial and limited content
    As a big Jim Rogers fan, I am amazed to find myself giving his book a 1 star rating. While his first 3 books were excellent, this book should never have been published.

    The book gives a cursory rehash of the "China is the next great super power" argument (which I believe is true) and then just gives long lists of random Chinese stocks with short and shallow rambles in between stock lists.

    The book makes it clear that the listed stocks are not recommended stocks, just a long list of all the Chinese stocks that the author could come up with. It's obvious that no research was done on the stocks listed and most have no more than 1 paragraph on them describing what they do.

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  • Many of the statistics cited by the author of this book have been reevaluated as being incorrect
    This book is based on the premise that China's gnp/gdp(gross national product/gross domestic product)and economic growth rate is such that ,in terms of overall gnp/gdp and economic growth,China would overtake the United States within a few years and become the world's number 1 economy, in terms of gnp/gdp and economic growth.At the end of 2007,the World Bank reevaluated its data sources and concluded that China's gdp is not in the $10-11 trillion range,as compared to the U.S.A.'s $13 Trillion,but is ,at most,$6 trillion.Second,the World Bank showed that China's middle class is much smaller than thought.The author of a Bull in China has placed a great deal of emphasis on the size ,actual and potential,of a fast growing middle class in China as one of his major reasons for advocating increased trade and investment in China's markets.His conclusions have now been demonstrated to be incorrect.The author needs to put out a revised edition of his book in the near future in which he substantially tones down his extravagant and misleading claims and recommendations,many of which were based on statistical data that has now been demonstrated to be highly inaccurate and inappropriate as a general guide to investing in China....more info
  • Good, but Lacks Comprehensiveness
    This is an overall good book. Most Americans fail to recognize how China has used its trade surplus to modernize its booming economy. However, what it lacks is a full presentation of how China fits into the U.S. economy. I would still recommend this book.

    In addition, I would highly recommend "America's Financial Apocalypse: How to Profit from the Next Great Depression (Condensed Edition)." This is by far the best investment book written today. It discusses everything you can imagine and has predicted the stock market, oil, gold, inflation and many other things with amazing accuracy. The original edition is somewhat of a manufesto, with enormous data. I prefer the Condensed edition since it is easier to read and less expensive. America's Financial Apocalypse: How to Profit from the Next Great Depression (Condensed Edition)...more info
  • Outstanding and insightful book by Jim Rogers
    Very thoughtfully and coherently presented. It's always refreshing to get
    insight from someone on the scene, who is living the experience and seeing things first-hand (as opposed to the ivory-tower types who, not having been in a particular locale never take the time to do more than give an off-the-cuff personal opinion). A well-written and easy to understand book by Jim Rogers....more info
  • Great intro to investing in Chinese companies
    This book is a must for people interested in investing in China. I love how Jim Rogers details the areas and the companies to consider for the China boom, and the different exchanges that Chinese stocks are traded. The book can be too optimistic overall, but it's a great way to know about the companies to look at....more info
  • Jimmy Talks About China!
    May not be able to do what Jimmy does, but it's always fun to read Jimmy the Bull Rogers!...more info
  • Good book
    The book is very interesing. I started reading it as soon as I received it and it has some very good insights into the market. ...more info
  • Nothing new here...could find this information on financial websites
    I am familiar with Jim Rogers as an investor. He has foresight in his investments and he has again here about the investments in China and looking forward into the next decades. However, the book almost seems outdated as much of the information can be found on many financial websites such as WSJ online, money, etc. The last chapters are his reviews many chinese equities, again information the reader could access in other free sources and up to date. The stock market is fluid and in flux,current- this book is not....more info
  • Riding the golden bull???
    Jim has done it again! I cannot put this book down. This is the best book on China investing!

    I am writing down the stock symbols that can be bought at NYSE, NASDAQ, OTC, and will do research on all of them. The other choice is to buy China mutual fund. That is what I did and got 80% return in 2007! For 2008, god knows.

    All the websites at the back of the book are also worth investigating. Thank you Jim for providing an insightful guide for making $$$ in China. I will recommend this book for all my students in International Management studies.

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  • Parallel issues
    Since everyone agrees that Mr. Rogers is a brilliant investor/economist with a suberb record, I just had to scan the book. But somehow...I'm currently writing this in Shenzhen, China; and with the window opened just a crack the caustic, carcinogenic soup the Chinese call air is seeping in and causing my eyes and throat to sting, and I can barely make out the hazy outline of the building next door. I've been over a fair amount of this country and it's true: the environment is a blackened, foul disaster. Mr. Rogers is actually positive about this, and has commented that because China has the world's most polluted environment, with 16 of the world's most polluted cities, it will somehow lead to investment opportunities in clean-up industries. That may be true, but the situation is getting worse, not better, and it seems the central government is unable to enforce even existing environmental regulations. A good but dated (the situation's worse now) description on China's environment is given by Elizabeth C. Economy: http://www.amazon.com/River-Runs-Black-Environmental-Challenge/dp/0801489784/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199874330&sr=1-4

    To consider: The Chinese government officially lists 8% of the population as living below the poverty line. I've lived in China for 7 years, and even in the wealthiest cities the poverty rate is much higher than that. The countryside, where somewhere around 70% of China's masses live, is much, much worse. The point is, and everyone in China will agree, is not to place too much credence in government statistics.

    Where I live, the average working professional couple could never dream of purchasing a middle class home, the prices are just hopelessly out of reach.

    The value of non performing loans held by China's state controlled banking sector may exceed China's total foreign reserves, and if marked to market, they'd be insolvent.

    If China were forced (somehow) to actually pay the rip-off value garnered by their huge, vast (and state supported) counterfeit and pirating industry in software, entertainment, pharmeceuticals, brand names and consumer goods, their trade surplus with the world might be reduced to zero.

    China doesn't have a problem with corruption, it is corruption, personifed (I've experienced it). Interesting piece from Pravda: http://english.pravda.ru/business/finance/29-11-2007/101918-corruption_china-0

    Then, there's the matter of the nationalistic fanatics controlling the military, with a hair trigger on the gun sights aimed at Taiwan...





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  • A Bull in China
    A great look into another world that most of us don't have access to. Anyway looking for longterm growth should at least investigate this book. The guy is a genius....more info
  • Highly Recommended for anyone looking for specific trends in China that can be capitalized on
    Jim Rogers separates himself from many investing and trading authors by having an experienced extraordinary amount of investment success in his funds and personal net worth.

    In a Bull in China, specific recommendations are made based on several macro trends developing in china, and the needs that arise from those - such as more infrastructure, such as roads, railways, electricity, telecommunications, which accompanies a surge in demand for commodities like oil, cement, steel, and food. Rogers has spent extensive time in China, knows the political climate and knows the people. He notes that the Chinese have embraced Capitalism as much as or more than any other country in the world, having seen the effects of state controlled enterprises.

    Rogers research and predictions are based upon solid statistics and math. His model is the united states, comparing the current state of China to the United States in the period following the Wild Wild West.

    Rogers has put his money where his mouth is, and is so optimistic on China's prospects, he hired a Chinese nanny for his daughter, is teaching her the language, and moved his family there. ...more info
  • A Bull in China
    A great review of what is currently happening in China, and what one can expect in the future....more info
  • A Must Read For Investing in China
    Jim Rodgers new book A BULL IN CHINA is a must read for those interested in investing in China. Rodgers researches the history of the China markets and analysis the pros and cons of investing. He gives a brief synoposis of Chinese companies in many different market sectors. Rodgers does the basic research but it is up to the investor to do some extra research to make personal investment decesions. I got a wealth of knowledge reading this book.Back from the Bardo: Three Short Stories by James Cage...more info

 

 
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