Focus China: What to Expect During the Next 5 Years

Focus China: What to Expect During the Next 5 Years

Focus China: What to Expect During the Next 5 Years The eyes of the world turn to China as the Communist Party of China (CPC) hold its 19th National Congress, where the CPC unveil new leadership and set the course for national development for the next 5 years and beyond. Shayne and I believe that […]

The Women Entrepreneur Finance Initiative Debuted

The Women Entrepreneur Finance Initiative Debuted

The Women Entrepreneur Finance Initiative Debuted The Women Entrepreneur Finance Initiative, an effort 1st Daughter Ivanka Trump spearheaded in part to empower womens’ business endeavors in developing countries became operable last week. “The progress that the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WeFi) has made over the past few months is encouraging and exciting,” the 1st Daughter […]

IMF Boss to Central Bankers: “Do Not Dismiss Bitcoin”

IMF Boss to Central Bankers: “Do Not Dismiss Bitcoin”

IMF Boss to Central Bankers: “Do Not Dismiss Bitcoin” $BTCUSD, $JPM Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has a message for the world’s central bankers, “Do not be Luddites” Friday, addressing a conference in London, Ms. Lagarde said virtual currencies, which are created and exchanged without the involvement of banks or government, […]

Central Banks Turn “Hawkish”, JPY Carry Trade Emerges

Central Banks Turn “Hawkish”, JPY Carry Trade Emerges

Central Banks Turn “Hawkish”, JPY Carry Trade Emerges $GBP, $USD, $EUR, $JPY, $CAD Cable, Loonie and EUR all rose last week on Hawkish comments from central bankers. The BOE Governor Mark Carney said it is not the time of rate hike yet. Then indicated the BOE MPC will start debating raising interest rate in the […]

Global Trade War is About to Begin: Reading Between the Lines at the IMF

Global Trade War is About to Begin: Reading Between the Lines at the IMF

What the IMF did not say is the key here Member countries of the International Monetary Fund on Saturday pledged to work to reduce global imbalances but failed to repeat their past pledge to resist all forms of protectionism. The International Monetary and Financial Committee, the IMF’s steering body, also repeated its past commitments on […]

US President Donald Trump Hints at Bringing Back Gold as Money

US President Donald Trump Hints at Bringing Back Gold as Money

US President Donald Trump Hints at Bringing Back Gold as Money $GLD We have the Gold, so bringing back the Gold Standard would not be very hard to do. Inside President Trump’s speech at CPAC was what an intriguing observation: “Global cooperation, dealing with other countries, getting along with other countries is good, it’s very […]

FLASH Update: China “Grand Champions” of Currency Manipulation

FLASH Update: China “Grand Champions” of Currency Manipulation

FLASH Update: China “Grand Champions” of Currency Manipulation $CNY, $USD, $USDCNY FLASH: US President Donald Trump declared China the “Grand Champions” of currency manipulation Thursday, just a few hours after his new Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, pledged a more methodical approach to analyzing Beijing’s Fx (foreign exchange) practices. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, President Trump […]

US President Trump Set to Name China a ‘Currency Manipulator’

US President Trump Set to Name China a ‘Currency Manipulator’

US President Trump Set to Name China a ‘Currency Manipulator’ $USD, $CNY, $AAPL, $BA Experts warn investors that President Donald Trump will soon fulfill his campaign vow to label China a ‘currency manipulator’. “Some time in the next couple of weeks, we think it is likely that President Trump will declare China a currency manipulator […]

Gallup: Confidence in a Trump Economy Rising

Gallup: Confidence in a Trump Economy Rising

Gallup: Confidence in a Trump Economy Rising $BAC A new Gallup Poll reveals that the American peoples’ views of the economy has brightened following the November Presidential elections as Donald Trump prepares to take over the Oval Office. “This positive swing mostly stems from surging confidence among Republicans and independents who lean Republican, whose index […]

Money Flowing Out of Emerging Market ETFs

Money Flowing Out of Emerging Market ETFs

Money Flowing Out of Emerging Market ETFs In the week ended 16 November $6.6-B flowed out of EM (emerging-market) debt, according to the data, halting 18 consecutive weeks of inflows. In the 2nd full week of November, ETFS (exchange-traded funds) that buy emerging-market securities saw withdrawals around the world worth $1.4-B. While the rising USD […]

Iran is open for business, what does it mean for GCC companies?

Iran is open for business, what does it mean for GCC companies?

Iran is open for business, what does it mean for GCC companies? In January this year, senior diplomats from around the world formally announced the lifting of sanctions against Iran. In principle this put a definitive end to 37 years of various degrees of sanctions imposed on the country. Boardrooms of global Fortune 500 companies […]

Economic Watch Shows China’s Economy is Stable

Economic Watch Shows China’s Economy is Stable

Economic Watch Shows China’s Economy is Stable China’s rising M-M inflation and narrower decline in producer prices in August have provided fresh evidence of a steadying economy, experts said. China’s consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 0.1% in August on a M-M basis, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced last […]

IMF Calls National Trade Barriers ‘Economic Malpractice’

IMF Calls National Trade Barriers ‘Economic Malpractice’

IMF Calls National Trade Barriers ‘Economic Malpractice’ Wednesday, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the institution would lower its Y 2016 US growth forecast again and called policies that restrict trade “economic malpractice” that would inhibit growth. Ms. Lagarde, in prepared remarks at Northwestern University ahead of next week’s IMF and World […]

New Data Reveals the Public Does Not Trust Government

New Data Reveals the Public Does Not Trust Government

New Data Reveals the Public Does Not Trust Government Sunday, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde called for efforts to combat corruption in order to restore trust in institutions and push forward globalization. “Coming on the heels of the financial crisis, this backlash against globalization has evolved into a deeper problem, a growing […]

Business 20 Summit Promotes Green Finance

Business 20 Summit Promotes Green Finance

Business 20 Summit Promotes Green Finance The Business 20 (B20) Summit, which was attended by business leaders and officials including those from the Group of 20 (G20) economies, came to an end Sunday with many consensuses and results, especially a policy recommendation report. The 2-day event, which was scheduled Saturday and Sunday ahead of the […]

IMF has Positive Outlook for Chinese Economy

IMF has Positive Outlook for Chinese Economy

IMF has Positive Outlook for Chinese Economy For a massive economy like China’s, which is in the midst of transition, it is easy to dwell on fragmentary data while failing to see the “Forest for the Trees.” While the latest official indicators of traditional growth engines have underperformed, those measuring the new drivers of the […]

IMF Prepares for Inclusion of China’s RMB in its SDR Basket

IMF Prepares for Inclusion of China’s RMB in its SDR Basket

IMF Prepares for Inclusion of China’s RMB in its SDR Basket $CNY, $USD, $GBP, $EUR, $JPY The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Monday announced its board decision to amend the rounding methodology for determining currency accounts in the Special Drawing Right (SDR) basket, in order to make technical preparations for the inclusion of the Chinese currency, […]

The Rising Wave of Anti-Globalization Worries IMF

The Rising Wave of Anti-Globalization Worries IMF

The Rising Wave of Anti-Globalization Worries IMF Thursday. International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde called for global cooperation to improve living conditions in low-income countries, against the backdrop of rising anti-globalization sentiment. “The greatest challenge we face today is the risk of the world turning its back on global cooperation — the cooperation which […]

IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast

IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast

IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast The International Monetary Fund  (IMF) downgraded its forecast for the US economy this year and said America should raise the minimum wage to help the poor, offer paid maternity leave to encourage more women to work and overhaul the corporate tax system to boost productivity. In its annual checkup of […]

Worst Behind Abu Dhabi as it Looks to Revive Guggenheim Plans

Worst Behind Abu Dhabi as it Looks to Revive Guggenheim Plans

Worst Behind Abu Dhabi as it Looks to Revive Guggenheim Plans The Chairman of the Emirate’s Department of Economic Development said he expected the plans to be revived amid positive economic growth predictions Abu Dhabi is expected to revive its plans for a Guggenheim Museum next year amid expectations of accelerated economic growth, according to […]

80% of Professionals Will Leave GCC if Income Tax Introduced

80% of Professionals Will Leave GCC if Income Tax Introduced

80% of Professionals Will Leave GCC if Income Tax Introduced VAT in the UAE will bring higher inflation, society of finance professionals says An overwhelming majority of finance professionals would leave the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) if income tax was implemented, research has revealed. In a study by CFA Society Emirates, 80% of the respondents said that […]

Dubai Headed to a Period of Accelerated Growth

Dubai Headed to a Period of Accelerated Growth

Dubai Headed to a Period of Accelerated Growth Dubai is weathering the Crude Oil-led economic slowdown afflicting its GCC neighbors and will enter a period of “rapid acceleration” in the buildup to the Expo 2020 trade fair, the International Monetary Fund says. Speaking to the media, the IMF’s mission chief for the UAE, Zeine Zeidane, […]

US RMB Yuan Trading, Clearing Advocates Rally the Need

US RMB Yuan Trading, Clearing Advocates Rally the Need

US RMB Yuan Trading, Clearing Advocates Rally the Need The US market’s USD-centric approach is changing with the RMB Yuan becoming more internationalized. The heads of a US working group formed to push use of the Chinese currency in the United States claim that expanding RMB trading and clearing there will help both the Chinese […]

Money Managers “Dumping” US Treasuries For Equities

Money Managers “Dumping” US Treasuries For Equities

Money Managers “Dumping” US Treasuries For Equities $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Money managers are dumping Treasury ETFs (exchange-traded funds) as a revival in equity and commodity prices curbs demand for the somewhat safer US debt. Treasury ETF net redemption’s have reached $2.9-B so far in April, on top of $4.8-B pulled out in March, according […]