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Data: Institute of International Finance; Table: Axios Visuals

Investment in Chinese assets fell significantly this year as a combination of the trade war and increasingly attractive opportunities elsewhere spread money across a variety of locations in the emerging world.

The big picture: While the economies of many emerging countries are feeling the pressure from China's slowdown and reduced global trade, foreign investment has picked up notably this year from 2018.

Why it matters: The White House has reportedly floated the idea of cutting off U.S. investors' access to some Chinese investments, but data shows President Trump's trade war has already significantly reduced the level of Chinese securities purchased by foreigners.

What they're saying: The flow of funds out of China has largely gone to other emerging countries, particularly Saudi Arabia.

  • Having just this year joined emerging market indexes, Saudi Arabia has attracted $21 billion in foreign portfolio equity inflows, "becoming the top equity investment destination among emerging markets," Jonathan Fortun, an economist at the Institute of International Finance, told Axios.
  • Nigeria and Ukraine also have seen significant inflows as investors pull back on Chinese assets, Fortun said.

Yes, but: Chinese investments bounced back in September when emerging market stocks and bonds registered nearly $38 billion of inflows, according to IIF data released Tuesday.

  • That was one of the strongest months this year, and Chinese stocks drew $9.2 billion, a substantial increase over August's $1.6 billion inflows.

Go deeper: U.S. ban on Chinese investments would take trade war to a new level

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Coronavirus hospitalizations top 100,000 for the first time

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Data: The COVID Tracking ProjectHarvard Global Health Institute; Cartogram: Danielle Alberti and Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

More than 100,000 Americans are now in the hospital with coronavirus infections — a new record, an indication that the pandemic is continuing to get worse and a reminder that the virus is still very dangerous.

Why it matters: Hospitalizations are a way to measure severe illnesses — and severe illnesses are on the rise across the U.S. In some areas, health systems and health care workers are already overwhelmed, and outbreaks are only getting worse.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
20 mins ago - Economy & Business

Our make-believe economy

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Federal Reserve and global central banks are remaking the world's economy in an effort to save it, but have created something of a monster.

Why it matters: The Fed-driven economy relies on the creation of trillions of dollars — literally out of thin air — that are used to purchase bonds and push money into a pandemic-ravaged economy that has long been dependent on free cash and is only growing more addicted.

New hope for "smart cities"

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's time to polish our gleaming vision of urban environments where internet technology makes everything from finding a parking space to measuring air quality a snap.

Why it matters: The Biden administration's Cabinet appointees are likely to be champions of bold futurism in urban planning — which could mean that smart infrastructure projects, like broadband deployment and digital city services, get fresh funding and momentum.

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