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Shanghai Bourse Is Back, but Can It Make Money?

SSE stock investors were busy trading but not necessarily making money. The Shanghai Composite Index was one of the world's worst performers in 2013, falling 6.75% year on year.

And SSE, the world's seventh largest exchange by market capitalization, was the only bourse among the world's top 10 to post a decline in total equity market cap last year, according to data released Jan. 24 by the World Federation of Exchanges.

SSE's total market cap shed 5% of its value in yuan, or 2% in terms of U.S. dollars last year, the federation said. By contrast, Nasdaq's market cap grew 33% and the London Stock Exchange saw a 30% increase in dollar terms.

Shanghai Stock Exchange Transaction Volumes, 2010-2013

Year     All-Year Turnover (yuan)     Average Daily Turnover (yuan)

2013     22.9 trillion                            96.09 billion

2012     16.4 trillion                            67.45 billion

2011     23.9 trillion                           97.85 billion

2010     30.3 trillion                           125.3 billion

Source: People's Bank of China

 
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