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Market Talk – April 7, 2021

ASIA: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its FY22 growth forecast for India to 12.5% from 11.5% estimated earlier in January, even as a resurgent Covid spread threatens to undermine the country’s economic recovery. The Washington-based global financial institution, in its annual World Economic Outlook ahead of the annual Spring meeting with the World Bank, […] read more

Market Talk December 2nd, 2015

Rumors between dealers that Chinese authorities could be about to introduce new incentives to boost property prices saw the Shanghai Index rally 2.3% in today’s trading. The Hang Seng closed marginally firmer also (+0.5%) but only a smidgeon in comparison. The Nikkei did not benefit from a weekly close above the 20k level and so […] read more

Market Talk – January 27, 2020

ASIA: Global markets slid down on the back of coronavirus concerns in China. Major financial markets around the world have been rocked as an exodus of foreign workers from China intensified fears over the impact of the coronavirus for the world’s second largest economy. Global shares slid as fears intensified over the potential impact of […] read more

Market Talk – August 6, 2021

ASIA: India on Thursday proposed scrapping a controversial law that taxed companies retrospectively and said it will refund disputed amounts, a move that could potentially settle its multi-billion-dollar tax cases with Cairn Energy and Vodafone. The amendment to the tax law could resolve at least 17 disputes of tax payments amounting to 500 billion rupees […] read more

Iran Political Clarification

COMMENT: Two things:   “He is remembered for publicly stating that Israel should be wiped off the face of the Earth.”   Although he is indeed remembered in the West for ‘saying’ that, the truth is that phrase was a gross mis-translation of what he did say in Farsi. Just a simple lie. I don’t think […] read more

Market Talk – September 11, 2020

ASIA: China has imposed “reciprocal restrictions” on all American diplomats at the US embassy and its consulates in China, including the consulate in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in China, in response to US restrictions on the Chinese embassy and consulates, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday. The relevant measures apply to senior […] read more

Market Talk – December 21, 2021

ASIA: Chinese economic growth rate is expected to slump below 5 percent following the property crisis, industrial slump, weak consumption, and the fallout from COVID-19-led lockdowns. Think-tank China Finance 40 Forum, which has the deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) as a member, has expressed concerns over growth rate remaining below 5 […] read more

Market Talk – March 14, 2019

Asia: The much-anticipated trade deal between China and the U.S. may be pushed back once again, according to a new Bloomberg report. Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump were expected to meet in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, later this month to discuss terms. However, reports are that the meeting may not take place until […] read more

Market Talk – November 7, 2019

ASIA: China announced that the US has agreed to incrementally lift tariffs once a trade deal is reached. “If China, US reach a phase-one deal, both sides should roll back existing additional tariffs in the same proportion simultaneously based on the content of the agreement,” stated ministry spokesman Gao Feng. Feng pointed to positive progressive […] read more

Greece – a Reversal of Fortune on the Horizon?

Greece and its creditors stuck to their positions on Monday after the collapse of talks aimed at preventing a default and possible euro exit, while Germany’s EU commissioner said it was time to prepare for a “state of emergency”. Our models have long favored a Greek Exit (Grexit). We suspect that there will be the […] read more