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Month-End Leaves Market at Crossroads

Global equity markets are closing another strong month. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index was little changed on the day, but up 4.3% in October, the 10th consecutive monthly advance. Europe’s Dow Jones Stoxx 600 is...

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Severity of bad loan problem: NPA’s in India’s Banking Sector

India’s ratio of non-performing loans (NPA) to the gross loans has shown a steep rise in the last 5 years, hovering over 9% as of 2016. When compared to other developing economies, the present condition...

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ECB Gets Serious about Non-Performing Loans

US businesses traditional relied on bond and equity markets to raise capital. When the crisis struck, the US acted early and quickly to re-open market functions before the banks were prepared to expand their lending....

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Implications of German and Japanese Political Developments

There have been two developments in German and Japanese politics that will likely have implications for future policy. Let’s review the developments and consider the implications for investors. There is much talk of the Jamaica...

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An air traveller’s travails

Flyers have been in the news. First there was an unshaven legislator from a western state. He got into a flight to the seat of power, and ensconced himself in a snug front seat in...

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9th BRICS Summit: Managing multipolarity of multipolarity

The five BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) represent no less than 4 billion people or 42% of the world’s population, and even more regarding their contribution to the global economy since their...

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Dollar Losses Accelerate, Adjustment not Over

The US dollar had one of its worst weeks of the year, as its interest rate support eroded. Despite prospects for a further upward revision in Q2 US GDP above 3.0% and continued above trend...

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Some Preliminary Thoughts on the ECB’s Capital Key

The ECB’s asset purchase program is constrained by the self-imposed guidelines. As it QE continues, the ECB seems to be bumping against some of these parameters. The situation is thought to be coming to a...

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US Tax Reform and the Fed

Yesterday US President Trump formally launched his campaign for tax reform. The Big Six (Mnuchin and Cohn for the administration, McConnell, and Hatch from the Senate and Ryan and Brady from the House) had been...

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UK’s Brexit Strategy

The next round of UK-EU negotiations on the pending amputation will be held next week. The UK has issued a flurry of position papers that stake out its wish list. Last month, the EU told...

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Is the Yen or Swiss Franc a Better Funding Currency?

Retail investors and some institutional investors focus on the asset they want to acquire in anticipation of price appreciation. The game for some institutional investors is more complicated. It is not only about the asset...

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Global Remittances amidst Global Uncertainty

Globally, the number of international migrants reached 244 million in 2015 for the world as a whole, a 41 per cent increase compared to 2000. This rise in the number of international migrants reflects the...