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SnapshotsOct 18, 2018 | 22:20 GMT
Rather than retaliating against U.S. companies in response to further U.S. tariff pressure, an influential Chinese economist is counseling prudence, a view that has adherents in China.
China: Beijing Considers a Prudent Economic Response to U.S. Pressure
Speaking at Tsinghua University on Oct. 17, Fan Gang, an economist, influential Chinese government adviser and former member of the People's Bank of China's Monetary Policy Committee, argued that China must not launch retaliatory attacks against U.S. business operations in China. He said this will only reinforce U.S. President Donald Trump's pressure campaign on the country, and that Beijing needs to maintain its connections with U.S. businesses, since those relationships now offers "the only voice" that can speak for China.
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Contributor PerspectivesNov 15, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, one of the world's wealthiest entrepreneurs and the head of Alwaleed Philanthropies, is among dozens of members of the kingdom's business and political elite accused of corruption.
A Less Charitable Outlook for Saudi Arabia
International investors are wondering what will be the fallout of the corruption accusations against Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, one of the world's wealthiest entrepreneurs and a cousin of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company manages more than $12.5 billion in investments across 13 distinct sectors worldwide, according to its website. In addition, the prince, one of Twitter's top five shareholders, invested $300 million in the social media platform in 2011 and holds stakes in Apple Inc., Citigroup Inc. and the Walt Disney Co, as well. But bin Talal, whom Forbes calls one of the world's most intelligent and creative investors, is famous not only for his investments in banking, real estate and media. He is also renowned as a philanthropic mogul, and his arrest sent shock waves through that powerful and prestigious amalgam of public and private sectors.
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ReflectionsDec 14, 2016 | 01:30 GMT
Dethroning King Cash
Dethroning King Cash
In many areas of the world, cash is still king. But, as in other parts of the globe, it appears as if its days could be numbered in Australia, which may be preparing to ride the building global demonetization wave. The Australian divisions of financial services giants UBS and HSBC have already floated the possibility of removing high-denomination banknotes from circulation. And global banker Citi, which has a relatively small footprint in the country, has said it would no longer deal in cash, noting that physical currency constituted only 4 percent of transactions made by its customers in the past year. Now, as Australia prepares its mid-year economic update, the Australian Financial Review is reporting that Canberra will establish a task force on the country's shadow economy that will consider withdrawing the nation's biggest banknote, the AU$100, which makes up nearly half of all Australian currency in circulation.
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ReflectionsSep 1, 2016 | 23:29 GMT
For Venezuela, a Debt Default Trigger Is Armed
For Venezuela, a Debt Default Trigger Is Armed
The odds that Venezuela could default on its foreign debt repayments are climbing, triggering a cascade of events that would destabilize the country. Though the country has lived with the specter of default for years, given the existential threat that it poses to the current government, Venezuelan officials have shown a willingness to cut imports and do whatever it took to raid national coffers so funds would be available to continue making its debt payments. The country's rulers have relied primarily on its security forces to contain the unrest spawned by those tactics. But Venezuela's debt problems have now turned critical, in large part because of the pressure the U.S. government is placing on major banks to keep their distance from illicit Venezuelan financial flows.
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AssessmentsFeb 8, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
Europe Considers a New Trading Status for China
The European Union will have to decde this year whether to grant China market economy status at the World Trade Organization (WTO). A market economy, as the name implies, is an economy that is driven by market forces, such as businesses, banks and consumers. Conversely, a non-market economy -- China's status since it joined the WTO in 2001 -- is an economy that is controlled by institutions other than the market, such as a central government. Part of the WTO's purpose is to give market economies the means to rectify potential price disparities set by a government. China is on the cusp of changing its status from non-market to market economy, and the countries of Europe, especially those with struggling steel sectors, will be choosing whether to support the change or not.
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Contributor PerspectivesJan 27, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
European flags fly at half-mast as a tribute to late South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela at the Berlaymont European Union Commission buiding in Brussels on December 6, 2013. Former South-African President Mandela, a global colossus and Nobel peace laureate died on December 5 aged 95.
Why Europe's Great Experiment Is Failing
The slow-motion crisis of the European Union finally seems to be coming to a head. For more than 60 years after its beginnings in the late 1940s, the bloc's revolutionary path of forming a state without the use of centralized coercive power enabled it to gradually master its members' tribalism and local strategic interests. But by denying itself the very possibility of enforcing its rules with violence, Europe has brought itself to the brink of failure.
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AssessmentsOct 9, 2015 | 09:15 GMT
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pictured during his first press conference following the monthly ECB board meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Victims of Eurozone Quantitative Easing
Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland are all struggling with economic difficulties. The causes are various: deflation, asset bubbles and bond market problems. But the root of the problem is singular. All three of these countries are adjacent to the eurozone but do not actually share its currency. In today's globalized world, capital moves like storm surges from market to market and smaller countries must decide how to survive. This means choosing whether to risk the volatility of freely floating their currency or to peg its value to that of a larger player, which many countries choose to do with the U.S. dollar.
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AssessmentsJan 12, 2010 | 16:58 GMT
Iran: The Beginning of Sanctions?
The possible halt of gasoline shipments to Iran by a commodities trading firm could be a sign that the U.S.-backed sanctions plan is working, but Iran has options to maintain its supply.
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