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Unlike immigration, tariffs affect many Republican voters directly.
05/16/2019
Why Trump Can’t Spin the Trade War

Unlike immigration, tariffs affect many Republican voters directly.

Unlike immigration, tariffs affect many Republican voters directly.

Heading for the exits.
05/16/2019
Investors Are Dumping These Southeast Asia Funds

Heading for the exits.

Overseas investors in Southeast Asian stocks are selling out at the fastest rate in almost a decade, as key markets in the region get caught up in the escalating trade war.

President has threatened 25% tariff on imported cars.
05/15/2019
Trump Poised to Delay Auto Tariffs Amid EU, Japan Trade Talks

President has threatened 25% tariff on imported cars.

President Donald Trump is expected to delay a decision by up to six months to impose auto tariffs later this week to avoid blowing up negotiations with the EU and Japan and further antagonize allies as he ramps up his trade war with China, according to people close to the discussions.

The value of overall sales declined 0.2% after a 1.7% increase the prior month.
05/15/2019
U.S. Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall Amid Weak Auto Purchases

The value of overall sales declined 0.2% after a 1.7% increase the prior month.

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly declined in April for the second time in three months, weighed down by soft sales of autos and building materials and suggesting consumer spending will remain subdued this quarter.

Births in the U.S. fell 2% from 2017 to 3,788,235 in 2018.
05/15/2019
U.S. 2018 Births Fall to Lowest Level in 32 Years

Births in the U.S. fell 2% from 2017 to 3,788,235 in 2018.

The United States is confronted by its lowest number of births in 32 years, according to provisional data released by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Finding an ATM in India is getting tougher, thanks to tighter regulations that make it more costly to run the machines.
05/15/2019
India Is Shutting Down ATMs Even as People Use Them More

Finding an ATM in India is getting tougher, thanks to tighter regulations that make it more costly to run the machines.

Finding an ATM in India is getting tougher even as dependence on cash persists, thanks to tighter regulations that make it more costly to run the machines.

Foreigners head for the exits.
05/15/2019
Foreigners Dump Record Chinese Stocks on Trade War Woes

Foreigners head for the exits.

Foreign investors -- who could only watch as Chinese stocks sold off on Monday -- pulled a record 10.9 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) out of onshore shares as trading links with Hong Kong resumed after a holiday. That takes the total sale this month to 28.3 billion yuan, far exceeding the record in Apr...

Rumors that mainstream companies were on the verge of accepting crypto payments haven't panned out, leaving enthusiasts ...
05/15/2019
Rumors Fueling Crypto Rally Get Debunked, Leaving Enthusiasts Deflated

Rumors that mainstream companies were on the verge of accepting crypto payments haven't panned out, leaving enthusiasts disappointed.

Crypto enthusiasts at this year’s Consensus conference might feel disappointed that some of the most optimistic speculation underpinning surging token prices isn’t panning out.

It could happen.
05/15/2019
Trade War May Yet Spur China to Sell Treasuries as Yuan Sinks

It could happen.

The idea that China would dump its $1.1 trillion of Treasuries to retaliate against U.S. tariffs is often dismissed as improbable. It’s seen as a nuclear option that would inflict more harm on China’s economy than America’s.

This is now part of the biggest investigation of market malfeasance in Hong Kong’s history.
05/15/2019
The Spectacular Implosion of a ‘Nefarious Network’

This is now part of the biggest investigation of market malfeasance in Hong Kong’s history.

Hong Kong’s markets are plagued by stock manipulation, share pledging, cross-ownership and margin lending. Regulators say they’re going to take action.

Longer than expected.
05/15/2019
Saudi Arabia's $53 Billion Non-Oil Stimulus May Last Beyond 2021

Longer than expected.

Saudi Arabia’s 200 billion-riyal ($53 billion) lifeline to its non-oil economy may be in place for longer than planned as the kingdom supports industries struggling to cope with reforms that pushed up costs and dampened demand.

Blankfein weighs in on tariffs.
05/15/2019
Lloyd Blankfein Says ‘Tariffs Might Be An Effective Negotiating Tool’

Blankfein weighs in on tariffs.

Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to opine on the effectiveness of tariffs shortly after President Donald Trump called on the Federal Reserve to “match” what he said China would do to offset any economic hardship.

Russia wants in.
05/15/2019
Russia Wants a Piece of Any OPEC+ Output Hike

Russia wants in.

Russia will join OPEC+ talks this weekend having barely fulfilled its pledged production cuts, but keen to secure a share of any potential output increase.

Says in tweet it would be ‘game over’ if Fed matched stimulus.
05/14/2019
Trump Seeks to Enlist Fed Into His Trade Fight Against China

Says in tweet it would be ‘game over’ if Fed matched stimulus.

President Donald Trump pushed the Federal Reserve to “match” what he said China would do to offset economic hardship being caused by tariffs as he sought to draft the U.S. central bank into his trade war.

After being very quiet on the issue for a long time, suddenly Chinese media is loudly taking a nationalist tone on trade...
05/14/2019
China Vows ‘People’s War’ as Trade Fight Takes Nationalist Turn

After being very quiet on the issue for a long time, suddenly Chinese media is loudly taking a nationalist tone on trade issues.

Among China’s most surprising responses to the trade war has been its reluctance to use its vast state media empire to rally the home front. That’s changed since U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest tariff barrage.

Election jitters.
05/14/2019
‘Sell in May’ Plays Out in India as Election Angst Spikes

Election jitters.

Indian equities may suffer more pain as investors trim positions ahead of the general election results due next week and as the trade war saga points to increased uncertainty. About half the stock members on the NSE Nifty 50 Index slid to new four-week lows on Monday, the highest proportion since la...

The effect of the trade war will be visible this week on China's most valuable companies.
05/14/2019
China's Most Valuable Companies to Show Effects of Trade War

The effect of the trade war will be visible this week on China's most valuable companies.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., China’s most valuable corporations, will offer glimpses into the world’s second-largest economy when they unveil earnings this week.

Too early to tell.
05/14/2019
Rosengren Says Fed Needs More Time to Weigh Trade War Impact

Too early to tell.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren said it’s too early to tell whether the escalating trade war and the resulting financial market reaction will last long enough to hurt the U.S. economy and alter monetary policy.

Big changes coming to these emerging-market indexes.
05/14/2019
MSCI Boosts China, Adds Saudi to Emerging-Market Indexes

Big changes coming to these emerging-market indexes.

Twenty-six China A shares will be added to the MSCI China Index, while 30 equities from Saudi Arabia and eight Argentine securities are set to join the MSCI Inc.’s emerging-market stocks benchmarks, in steps that could potentially draw billions of dollars of investor inflows.

Old money for old housing.
05/14/2019
Singapore Makes It Easier for Old People to Buy Old Homes

Old money for old housing.

Singapore’s aging public housing has been a source of anxiety, for home owners and the government alike. It’s become particularly acute in the lead up to national elections considering more than 40% of the population’s wealth is tied up in real estate.

Japan's most successful convenience-store chain in China is embroiled in a payments spat.
05/14/2019
A Feud Threatens to Tear Apart Convenience Store Chain

Japan's most successful convenience-store chain in China is embroiled in a payments spat.

FamilyMart, the most successful Japanese convenience-store chain in China, is embroiled in a royalty payments spat between its joint-venture parents that threatens to destroy the partnership.

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