Stock market volatility in the past decade


The volatility of China's stock market was a big story last year, particularly around the summer. Already the market has had a rough start to the year, with authorities twice halting trading in the first week of 2016.

The chart below shows the number of days when Shanghai's stock market declined by at least 5% over the last ten years. Between 2011 and 2014, a dramatic stock price decline had occurred only twice. The chart confirms last year was unusually volatile, with the second highest number of 5% annual drops in the last decade.

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Source: Wind Info Note: Data is SSE A share index

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