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Redstones take media M&A to new channel after nixing CBS-Viacom merger

Now free to pursue their separate paths, the Redstones’ two companies are likely to look for other ways to scale up. CBS could attract rivals hoping to replicate AT&T’s plan ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/15 0:26:16

Nostalgia won’t help revive Nokia’s brand

Nokia seems to be pursuing a smartphone revival with apparently unparalleled courage, but not much else yet beyond that. In the smartphone world when someone misses out on the chance ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/13 21:28:39

Italy’s next prime minister could be a Five Star gift for country’s populist group

Italy’s next prime minister is a five star gift for populists. Paolo Gentiloni has to fix the banks, sort out voting rules and steer the country to elections. A replacement ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/13 21:23:39

China should not interfere with forex reserve redline

Holding too much forex reserve is no better than holding a hot potato. In this sense, China’s forex reserve is bound to fall, and a level of $2 trillion or ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/12 21:53:39

The Murdochs’ new reach for pay-TV operator Sky is well timed amid falling shares

For Fox, fully owning Sky would simplify its operating model, a big initiative under James Murdoch. It also gives the media and entertainment conglomerate direct access to consumers, helping Fox ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/12 21:33:39

Theme park developers need to recognize rising Chinese expectations to succeed

The key to success in the global entertainment industry is “differentiators.” One simply cannot build without exclusive intellectual property (IP). Beyond this the actual IP must be compelling, its brand ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/11 21:28:39

Will Trump’s plan really boost US demand?

Ever since Donald Trump won the US presidential election, the press and financial markets have focused on his proposal to cut taxes and to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure over ...
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/11 21:28:39

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