The items listed below represent potential emerging issues that our analysts are tracking. These can be long term or short term, but will be updated daily. If an item on our Watch List becomes critical, we will email you a full analysis explaining its significance. Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues. China: On June 10, several hundred people in Shanghai protested a new local regulation meant to curb housing purchases. Fewer purchases means fewer sales, and many people who had tied money up in construction projects now fear that they will be unable to liquidate their investments. As a result of the protests, some concessions were given to people who purchased certain types of residential property in Shanghai. The Communist Party is attempting to restrain housing prices and has implemented area-specific controls around the country, such as higher down payment requirements. Over the past several months, housing prices have begun to decline in some top-tier cities, including Beijing. We need to watch to see if these protests remain contained or if they spread to other cities as the central government continues its campaign to halt housing price inflation. […]

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