China is at the forefront of most of the financial news right now– and for good reason. With the volatility in the market to open the year, there is a great deal of fear present related to China’s performance. It is generally more helpful to consider the underlying causes of volatility, rather than simply being concerned with day-to-day stock fluctuations. Interestingly enough, an area for concern pointed out by the following article is one of the issues that the United States grappled with in 2008–housing. China has an economy that is very dependent on the housing market, much more so than the United States. This is less frightening though, given the apparent lack of connection between China’s housing market and their stock market. China has very stringent requirements for mortgages. With this being the case, the housing market is much less securitized and has much less of an impact on the stock market than in the U.S. This article from Vanguard, “China’s Key Risk- It’s housing not stocks” provides an excellent overview of the Chinese housing market including relevant graphical and numerical evidence.