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Lothian is executive chairman and CEO of John J. Lothian & Co. and editor of the John Lothian Newsletter. He publishes MarketsWiki.com, MarketsReformWiki.com, MarketsWikiEducation.com, JohnLothianNews.com and three industry newsletters.

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 1, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Trump puts talks to boost China economic ties on ice; Treasury’s David Malpass says Beijing is not liberalising economy as hoped Sam Fleming in New York and Shawn Donnan in Washington – FT Donald Trump’s administration has put its main programme for bolstering economic relations with China on ice as it complains about the two countries’ swollen trade imbalance, and says Beijing’s efforts to liberalise its economy have gone into reverse. https://goo.gl/mgZrfy   What’s in Asia’s New Anti-Terror Financing Group?; A recently formed working group is just the latest step taken by regional states to confront terrorism financing….

Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin Standard

Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks ago, a former employer I have not seen in 10 years called me out in Coindesk.com for my bitcoin qualms. At the dinner table my son Robby opened up about owning not just bitcoin, but bitcoin cash, ether and monero. This is a full-fledged mania. As I was driving home last night and thinking about bitcoin (as opposed to…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 30, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Australian Banks’ U-Turn on Misconduct Probe Is Bid to Cut Risk By Emily Cadman – Bloomberg Government sets up Royal Commission into alleged failings; Tight deadlines, strict terms may limit potential damage If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s the calculation Australia’s biggest banks and the government have made in deciding to cave in to pressure for a public inquiry into alleged misconduct in the financial industry. https://goo.gl/dqg9pn Is China’s Central Bank Losing Its Monetary-Policy Mojo?; The gap between policy and market interest rates is widening, throwing up challenges for the PBOC By Shen Hong – WSJ…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 29, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories India Restores Faith in Capitalism; Handling bankruptcies right is key to reviving the credibility of India Inc. By Mihir Sharma – Bloomberg According to one of India’s most respected bankers, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — a mammoth sale of distressed assets, some $40 billion in the first round. Much could go wrong, of course, especially given that so many powerful interests have so much money at stake in the process. Fortunately, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which has stumbled in some of its biggest policy moves recently, appears to be handling this particular challenge with both agility and…

Jim Kharouf Resigns as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.; Will Continue Work with Company in Freelance Role Standard

Jim Kharouf

Jim Kharouf is stepping down as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. at the end of the year after having assumed the role on January 1, 2017. Kharouf is leaving the company as an employee, but will continue to work with John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions as an independent contributor. He will also be exploring his own bespoke initiatives, including in the Fintech sector. Despite accomplishing much during his tenure at the company and as CEO, Kharouf is departing after philosophical differences with Executive Chairman John Lothian over the direction of the firm and management issues….

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 28, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Banks invited to work on Great Wall’s $2bn Hong Kong float; Asset management company tasked with cleaning up China’s bad debt plans IPO for 2018 Don Weinland in Hong Kong – FT China Great Wall Asset Management has asked banks to pitch for work on a Hong Kong initial public offering that is expected to raise at least $2bn for the company tasked with cleaning up China’s bad debt. https://goo.gl/CkHtMW Behind Abe’s Biggest Reform Win, Old Japan Inc. Culture Lives On By Keiko Ujikane and Takako Taniguchi – Bloomberg Some stock buybacks are linked to companies’ foundations; ‘Isn’t…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian New – November 27, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Time for ‘Asia-first’ thinking as the US and Europe question financial regulations South China Morning Post Andrew Sheng says that Asian economies should take a hint from ‘America first’, plus European doubts over Basel III, and tailor financial regulations to meet regional realities rather than believing that ‘West is best’ https://goo.gl/gzU4mF Brussels rattled as China reaches out to eastern Europe; Concerns Beijing’s closer ties with EU’s poorer nations will influence bloc’s policies James Kynge in London and Michael Peel in Brussels – FT In Hungary it is hailed as the “Eastward Opening”. Serbian authorities see it as the…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 22, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Asian American Executives Are Missing on Wall Street; The group makes up less than 15 percent of upper management at four of the biggest U.S. banks Laura Colby – Bloomberg Asian Americans get hired at a much higher rate than their proportion of the general U.S. population but that doesn’t mean they’re climbing the executive ranks at the same pace. Across corporate America, Asians make up 12 percent of professionals and 5 percent of executives, according to Equal Opportunity Commission data. In finance, four of the biggest U.S. banks have less than 15 percent of their Asian workforce…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 21, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Wealthy Asian Buyers Scoop Up Trophy Properties in London; Private investors from China, Hong Kong often price out institutions, and cash-only bids keep U.K. lenders on the sidelines By Olga Cotaga – WSJ The ever-growing appetite among rich Asians for trophy assets in London is leaving some institutional investors on the sidelines https://goo.gl/ATsqAf Asia’s Richest Banker Spots a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity By Anto Antony , George Smith Alexander , and Candice Zachariahs – Bloomberg Sovereign wealth and pension funds also interested, Kotak says; Bankruptcy court process, deep discounts are key attractions For India, it’s a $207 billion mess, a…