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An ever-drier world set to unleash a flood of green investment

The global water crisis is getting worse. By 2030, humans will be using 56 percent more than is sustainable, according to new research which will be released later in January from the World Resources Institute (WRI), a climate think tank. Luckily, investors and companies are investigating some solutions.
Source: Global Times - Reuters | 2020/1/7 17:58:40

When trade war eases, India's exports to China may increase

According to information currently available, China and the US may sign the phase one agreement arising from their trade negotiations. The trade war initiated by the US will be eased.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/6 23:38:40

Hotter manageable inflation is the best surprise to hope for in 2020

The death in December of Paul Volcker, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) and famed inflation-fighter, is a reminder that galloping price increases used to be a problem. In recent years, though, inflation has largely gone missing. Its return in 2020 would be an unexpected bright spot.
Source: Global Times - Reuters | 2020/1/6 18:48:40

Long-term mechanism key to trade talks

At the beginning of the new year, US President Donald Trump tweeted that a phase one trade deal would be signed at the White House on January 15. He also said he would visit Beijing following its signature, and begin phase two negotiations. It is clear that the world's two largest economies are far from the end of their trade talks, and a global trade pattern has yet to be determined.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/6 18:33:41

China's equities market is likely to be the next 'big bang'

The fortunes with China's ascendant equities market are difficult to fathom, but colossal returns are broadly anticipated by upbeat economists and enthusiastic individual and institutional investors.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/5 21:28:10

Argentina debt do-over could be even chancier than usual

Sovereign debt's bad boy is back. Argentina, the eight-time defaulter, is on the hook for around $100 billion of hard currency debt held in private hands, just part of its hefty borrowings. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) may complicate new President Alberto Fernandez's plans for a quick debt fix, with wonky new bond features making the outcome even chancier than usual.
Source: Global Times - Reuters | 2020/1/5 18:43:39

Will China Railway Express boom in 2020?

During the month of December we have celebrated the fifth anniversary of the first cargo train Yiwu-Madrid (China Railway Express). In November of 2014, the Chinese and Spanish Governments both witnessed the longest railway route in the world being born. By then, the company responsible of the initiative, Yixinou, was able to manage one train to one destination. Five years later, we are confident to reach a total number of 500 trains operating to 11 different worldwide destinations departing or arriving in Yiwu, East China's Zhejiang Province.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/5 18:28:40

Pakistan can ease inflation, fight poverty with lift from FTA, CPEC

Pakistan's economy had a bumpy year in 2019, with surging inflation and debt problems, but it has started to show some positive signs. Standing at the crossroads of 2020, the iron brothers – China and Pakistan – expect to work hand-in-hand helping Pakistan to make an economic comeback.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/2 23:14:28

Firms welcome foreign investment law

China's foreign investment law took effect at the beginning of 2020. Regulations for the law's implementation, which were published on Tuesday, highlighted the country's desire to protect and promote foreign investment. China's latest endeavor to expand its opening-up has been well received by foreign companies. Increased foreign investment in China is expected.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/2 22:45:11

Savvy HR hiring will soon make or break CEOs' tech ambitions

Chief executives from carmakers to consumer giants sound surprisingly similar when talking about the future. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation crop up, as does the challenge of finding staff qualified to carry out such grand strategies. That gives an unlikely back-office function the power to make or break tech-driven ambitions in 2020: human resources.
Source: Global Times - Reuters | 2020/1/2 22:38:40

More policy easing moves likely in 2020

China's room to maneuver its monetary policy has further expanded and more easing measures can be expected in 2020.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/1 22:10:59

India needs FTAs to become smartphone manufacturing center

More Chinese phone makers are considering relocating their production bases to the Indian market, which could underpin its falling economy and give a boost to the country's “Make in India” plan. However, without lowering its trade barrier and actively participating in free trade arrangements, any such benefits could be limited and short-lasting.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/1 21:33:40

Ambiguous sustainable investing will land investors in the dock

The business of adding some kind of environmental, social or governance (ESG) analysis to investment decisions is snowballing. Such practices grew 34 percent in the two years after 2016 and are now a factor in $31 trillion of assets under management, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance. In 2020, the downside of that surge could put certain players in the dock.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/1 21:08:40

RRR cut to reduce financing problems for companies

In China's current economic situation, a RRR cut will help better solve corporate financing problems and boost investment to expand production, thereby driving economic growth.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/1 20:58:40

Direct listings will move nearer IPOs, may jump across Atlantic

A direct listing is "just an IPO (initial public offering) without the O," says Barry McCarthy, finance chief of music-streaming outfit Spotify Technology.
Source: Global Times - Reuters | 2019/12/30 23:07:59

Liquidity allocation more crucial than RRR cut

There is a possibility that the People's Bank of China (PBC) will cut the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) in January. The possible RRR cut could be similar to the last time in September - overall cut combined with targeted cuts.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/30 23:01:32

India needs economic shot in arm come 2020

Year 2020 will be crucial for the Indian economy, which urgently needs a shot in the arm before the stalling growth becomes irreversible. But it may be a tough choice for the government given its limited fiscal space.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/30 20:11:16

2020 Outlook: No need for pessimism

China's economic slowdown in 2019 was mainly caused by the superposition of trends, cyclical factors and sudden events. Despite some of the causes that still exist in 2020, the economic outlook is not necessarily pessimistic as some cyclical factors will reverse and good results of reform will continue to show up.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/30 18:53:05