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AnalysisChina’s desperate stock traders keen for policy ‘bazooka’ to rouse US$10 trillion bear market from slumber

Many of mainland China’s 220 million retail investors are not convinced the government’s recent support measures are enough to ensure long-term recoverySentiment has been shaky for some months, as expectations of a strong post-Covid economic recovery failed to materialiseChina stock marketZhang Shidongin ShanghaiPublished: 10:00am, 16 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Software engineer Jacky Jia has been paying more attention than usual to his stocks portfolio since China launched a torrent of measures aimed at boosting the beleaguered market in recent weeks.

Regulators have slashed the stamp duty on transactions, restricted divestments by major shareholders and taken tighter control of approving new share offerings in a string of actions that have taken the immediate sting out of the sell-offs that have roiled the onshore market.

Having banked a reasonable return on the back of this, 45-year-old Jia is toying with the idea of investing a fixed amount of his salary in stocks every month going forward.

But something is holding him back. Like many of the 220 million retail investors at home, he is not fully convinced the government’s efforts go far enough to set equities on a path to long-term recovery.

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