Dow down 280 pts on Friday
Looks like Dow is bend on spoiling our National Day celebration. Just when everything is turning around, it came crashing down again. And why should the worry of subprime housing loan in the US concern us? This is their domestic management of housing loans and even if it does affect us or the world market, it should be of a bearable nature when funds withdraw some investments out of other markets to cover their losses back home. And some banks here may also be exposed to these loans but should not cause any panic. Even losses of a few hundred millions are not a life of death situation. Our economy is booming and the construction industry is full of works for the two IRs. These are totally detached from the US housing loan woes. So are many industries around the world. But if funds join the fun and short the market down, all the markets will go down regardless of fundamentals. It is about time that Asian bourses detach itself from the domination of Dow and take a life of its own. The Chinese market has taken on a character of its own and without too much foreign fund manipulations it is able to perform on its own merits. We will have to hope that sensibilities are not too badly affected and Asian bourses remain firm on Monday. But it will need some encouragement from analysts and fund managers to make some affirmations that the fall in Dow need not be so deadly and some sectors of he economy are totally undisturbed by the housing loans trouble.