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Trump’s defective industrial policy won’t help US

US President-elect Donald Trump has yet to take office, but his brand of flawed industrial policy has been on full display since his surprise win in November. Within weeks of the ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/12 23:18:39

Bets against Iraq’s OPEC first cuts to global oil flows in eight years are premature

Iraq could wrong-foot traders betting against its agreed OPEC cuts. The cartel’s second-largest producer has little to gain either financially or politically by reneging on a deal to pump less ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/12 23:13:40

Are current issues a sign of EU disintegration?

Europe is dabbling in troubled waters. The global financial crisis that initially hit Wall Street took a bigger toll on Europe than on the US. While the US economy is ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/11 22:53:39

Alibaba’s new brick-and-mortar gamble on ‘online to offline’ stores looks pricey

Alibaba shareholders are getting another serving of bricks and mortar. The Chinese e-commerce giant is upping its stake in struggling Chinese mainland department store and mall operator Intime Retail, teaming ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/11 22:48:39

Coming short-termism to economic policymaking

The inauguration of Donald Trump as US President on January 20 could bring more short-term thinking to economic policymaking in the US and around the world. If it does, we ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/10 20:43:39

Global banks whiplashed by Southeast Asia’s recent skittish distrust of hot money

Global banks are being hit by Southeast Asia’s distrust of hot money. Indonesia plans to introduce new rules to ensure research about the health of its economy and financial markets ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/10 20:43:39

Studies show no real recovery for America

America has been recovering from its last major financial and economic crisis – that’s what a lot of Americans believe today. Inputting and strengthening this belief are statistics from official ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/9 21:38:39

It’s past time for Japan to tackle widespread problem of punishingly long hours

It’s past time for Japan to tackle overwork. The 2015 suicide of a 24-year-old who had recently joined Dentsu prompted the advertising giant’s president to resign last week. The episode ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/9 21:33:39

China needs to prepare for US energy independence

Even though the demand for petroleum from the world’s two major consumers – China and the US – has slowed down in recent years, global demand has grown at a ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/8 23:03:40

Buyout firms find new sauce to sweeten returns by borrowing against own shares

It’s not easy being a private equity manager. Stock prices are elevated, and debt markets are only willing to lend so much on deals, as regulators limit banks’ risk appetite. ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/8 23:03:39

Rethinking labor mobility amid rising populism

The past year will be remembered as a period of revolt against what US President-elect Donald Trump likes to call “globalism.” Populist movements have targeted “experts” and “elites,” who are ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/5 20:23:40

Shadow banking and Chinese bonds prove to be dangerous mix amid recent scandal

Chinese bond investors are finding that trouble comes in threes. First a US rate hike, then a squeeze on short-term lending that dried up fixed-income liquidity, and finally a brokerage ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/5 20:18:40

US Internet firms need to better localize in China

While soon-to-be President Donald Trump seems to be readying the US for a trade war with China, many US Internet firms are still trying to seek a foothold in the ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/4 23:23:39

Investment banks’ next trade to cope with impact from Brexit will be EU education

Education could be the big trade of 2017 for investment banks. No European city has as many international school places as London. That’s a problem for firms thinking of shifting ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/4 23:18:39

Economy will do better this year, despite Trump and China uncertainties

History is turning over a new leaf as 2017 is ushered in. People all over the world place high hopes on the new year, but the market remains concerned amid ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/3 21:38:39

India and Pakistan should ‘shun enmity’ and start anew by joining the CPEC

Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz, Commander of the Southern Command Pakistani Army based in Quetta, recently said that India should “shun enmity” with Pakistan and join the $46-billion China Pakistan Economic ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/3 21:33:39

US company cash deluge from proposed tax break will lift some boats, but sink others

American companies will give new meaning to cash flow in 2017. The chances of sharply lower US corporate tax rates have gone up with Republicans in control of the White ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/2 19:58:39

The destructive power of high rates of inflation

In Argentina recently, I was reminded of the devastating power of high inflation. Argentina’s annual inflation rate is now about 20 percent, down from an estimated rate of about 40 ...
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/2 19:58:39