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Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – September 6, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories How investors can have a rational approach in an irrational world; If you’re not up for the tough task of assessing geopolitics, there are other ways to protect your portfolio in uncertain times Jonathan Ratner – Financial Post It’s hard to believe the U.S. will start a military conflict with North Korea, but as tensions rise, investors are finding it difficult to have a rational approach to the market in an irrational world. https://goo.gl/6T4ZBZ Asia’s Aging Population Will Affect Future Workforce Financial Tribune W hile Japan had the biggest slump in its workforce in Asia over the last…

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

Lead Stories China: ICOs ‘disrupt social and economic order’, says regulator By Tech Wire Asia CHINESE authorities are looking to impose strict regulations on a new form of crowdfunding with digital currencies, known as initial coin offerings (ICOs), after a national government Internet finance organization said that the new form of launches was causing undue harm, if not outright fraud. https://goo.gl/FZ6gFD Sanctions against a big Chinese bank may be best way to rein in North Korea; Trump’s tough military talk did move China to tamp down North Korea, but this wasn’t enough; It’s time to pair military power and presence…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 31, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Markets Are About to Find Out What China’s Leadership Reshuffle Means Bloomberg News Twice-a-decade meeting, leadership reshuffle set for Oct. 18; Personnel moves and work report key for China market-watchers For most of the year, there’s been an oft-repeated refrain among China-watchers. Whispered in private meetings with clients or loudly spoken by confident brokers, it goes something like this: “Don’t worry about the economy or markets in 2017 — Beijing won’t let anything bad happen ahead of the Communist Party Congress.” https://goo.gl/A1NvSA India Financial Hub Slowly Recovers From Worst Deluge Since 2005 By Anto Antony and Ameya Karve…

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

Lead Stories China invites five countries as guests for BRICS summit including Thailand, Egypt, Kenya; China has invited Egypt, Kenya, Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand as guest countries for the upcoming BRICS summit but clarified that the invitation is not an attempt to expand the group under its ‘BRICS Plus’ approach. Financial Express China has invited Egypt, Kenya, Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand as guest countries for the upcoming BRICS summit but clarified that the invitation is not an attempt to expand the group under its ‘BRICS Plus’ approach. China will host the BRICS summit in Xiamen city from September 3 to…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 24, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories India’s Top Court Rules Citizens Have Fundamental Right to Privacy By Upmanyu Trivedi , Iain Marlow , and Saritha Rai – Bloomberg Top court verdict around use of Aadhaar biometric program; Ruling may impact data use by firms such as Facebook, Google India’s top court has ruled citizens have a fundamental right to privacy, a potential setback to the government’s plan of using its vast biometric identification program in everything from mobile connections to income-tax filings. https://goo.gl/xUx1GX Chinese-Backed Singapore Bourse Gets Regulator’s Nod Bloomberg News Venue would be third derivatives exchange in city state Asia Pacific Exchange Pte,…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 23, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Category 10 Typhoon Hato slams into Hong Kong New Straits Times Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong on Wednesday lashing the Asian financial hub with destructive winds and waves which uprooted trees, flooded streets and forced most businesses to close. https://goo.gl/MF9k4A Hong Kong Issues Highest Typhoon Warning as Trading Scrapped By Fion Li , Dominic Lau , and Wai Yi Shawna Kwan – Bloomberg Observatory raises No. 10 warning for first time since 2012; HKEX to scrap day’s trading if signal remains in force at noon A man tries to walk against the…

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

Lead Stories Yellen risks exposing old vulnerabilities in emerging Asia Enda Curran, Jeanette Rodrigues and Karlis Salna – Bloomberg. The populist leaders of India, Indonesia and the Philippines won office with promises of massive spending to upgrade their nation’s roads, railways and ports. Doing so, the thinking goes, would supercharge economic growth and emulate China’s success. https://goo.gl/xfAEwc Institutional weaknesses risk instability in East Asia; As growth slows, governments must focus on building social cohesion Nikkei Developing East Asia has enjoyed more than 40 years of growth, except for a brief crisis at the end of the last century. But the…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 18, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Why China Can’t Free the Yuan;Capital controls have brought stability. But they haven’t fixed anything. By Christopher Balding – Bloomberg By some measures, China has braved the storms buffeting its currency. The yuan is up 4 percent so far this year, and foreign-exchange reserves are up by $70 billion. State media has even called for relaxing capital and exchange-rate controls. But that would be like a sick person who stops taking his medicine when he feels better: The underlying conditions haven’t really changed. https://goo.gl/qrbqix In a Good Year for Asia Currencies, Philippine Peso Is Unloved By Eric Lam…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 17, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Australia follows Japan in move to regulate bitcoin; Control of digital currencies is part of drive to strengthen money-laundering rules Jamie Smyth in Sydney – FT Australia plans to strengthen its anti-money laundering laws and regulate digital currencies such as bitcoin in the wake of a financial scandal involving its biggest bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia. https://goo.gl/eyBEba Monthly Report: Clearstream supports liberalization of the Chinese financial market; Opening of the Chinese market is progressing / Clearstream will support BondConnect’s initiative Frankfurt, Eschborn, September, October and November Deutsche Börse Recent announcements, according to which a selection of A-shares from…