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Property curbs, falling FX reserve creates volatility

It might be hard to fathom a raging bull market amid tightening liquidity, as China’s real interest rate has fallen to new lows that used to portend an interest rate ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/8 21:28:39

China is still firmly on the menu for McDonald’s despite upcoming sale of outlets

China will still be on the menu for McDonald’s. The $100 billion US burger giant is poised to sell its outlets in Chinese mainland and Hong Kong for up to ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/8 21:23:39

Understanding India’s trade deficit with China

India and China are two of the world’s largest emerging markets and are set to be among the world’s four largest economies by 2020. Bilateral ties between the countries have ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/7 21:08:40

Fosun’s $3b sale of US insurer Ironshore is an orderly retreat amid ‘junk’ ratings

Fosun’s sale of US insurer Ironshore shows one of China’s most aggressive dealmakers knows how to get out while the going is good. The $3 billion sale to Liberty Mutual ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/7 21:08:39

China pension reform aim isn’t to rescue stock market

Faced with China’s aging population and fiscal pressure from the government, Chinese authorities have enhanced the market-based operation of the basic pension and social security fund. Recent moves from the ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/6 21:43:39

Bank clean-up opportunity following failed reform referendum is Italy’s to waste

Cleaning up Italy’s banks is an opportunity ripe for the wasting. The failed referendum on Senate reform on Sunday need not cause a crisis if UniCredit completes its rights issue ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/6 21:38:39

Uptick in Asian trade marks market maturity

Looking back on 2016, it’s clear that trading activity in CME Group’s core benchmarks continues to spread in an eastward direction, extending trends underway since earlier in the year, in ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/5 22:08:39

China’s pension move into stocks is overdue as working population declines

China has moved a step closer to investing $290 billion worth of public pension funds in financial markets, including stocks. That’s a small step in the right direction of adding ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/5 22:03:39

More efforts to reform Chinese stock markets needed to draw in investors, companies

Chinese executives appear unfazed by predictions from economists that the Chinese economy is on course to decelerate, as new survey findings suggest that Chinese companies are largely optimistic about their ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/4 21:48:39

China and global leadership in a post-TPP era

Now that US President-elect Donald Trump has formally signaled his intent to withdraw from the negotiated, but not ratified, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), there can be little doubt of the seismic ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/4 21:48:39

Global trends deepen growing income inequality

According to data released by Adobe on November 26, the latest Black Friday became the first day in retail history to achieve more than $1 billion in revenue through mobile ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/1 22:03:39

Chinese selfie IPO only works assuming future successes in sales and advertising

China’s selfie IPO only looks good in a certain light. Meitu wants a valuation of up to $5.2 billion in its Hong Kong initial public offering, the city’s biggest tech ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/1 21:58:39

The politics of job polarization from globalization

A core problem in the US today – reflected in Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election last month – is that too many Americans feel helpless and insecure in ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/30 23:43:40

Samsung Electronics sets cautious tone with activist investor Elliott Management

Samsung Electronics has set a cautious tone with activist investor Elliott Management. The South Korean conglomerate says it will consider using a holding company structure. It’s a measured but welcome ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/30 22:08:39

China’s place in unfolding global virtual reality war

China’s restrictions on consoles in the mainland may hamper the entry of the PlayStation VR there but the brand recognition of Samsung or Sony are difficult to overcome. In order ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/29 21:53:39

S&P faces Catch-22 over decision to downgrade South Africa’s sovereign debt

Standard & Poor’s faces a classic Catch-22 in deciding whether to downgrade South Africa’s sovereign debt. All things being equal, S&P would use a December 2 review to become the ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/29 21:43:39

Chinese businesses need to address difficulties as more companies go global

In 2015, China’s outbound direct investment grew by 18.3 percent year-on-year to $145.7 billion, entering a golden era and for the first time ranking second globally. China also became a ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/28 20:33:39

What the declining pound means for UK policy

I know from my 32 years in finance that the weird world of foreign-exchange markets can sometimes defy comprehension, and that trying to estimate sterling’s baseline equilibrium value can be ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/28 20:28:39