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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…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 16, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Now Asia eyes up City after Brexit despite EU attempts to snatch business; BREXIT will not diminish the opportunities for Asian investment in British financial services, the City of London Corporation has claimed. JON ROGERS – Express.co.uk In a policy document issued by the Asia team of the local authority that promotes the Square Mile the Corporation said it would aim to “focus on” building relationships with countries like China, India and Singapore in the coming year, wanting to create a bridge between London and Asia to discuss finance and services connections”. https://goo.gl/zm3PDm SingX expands online remittance service…

Asia Pacific Finacial News from John Lothian News – August 11, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Wall Street’s ‘Fear Gauge’ Skyrockets as Tensions Rise With North Korea By LANDON THOMAS Jr. – NY Times Exit greed, enter fear. After a record-breaking run of buoyant market behavior, investors appeared unnerved on Thursday by a series of provocative remarks by President Trump and increasing tensions with North Korea. https://goo.gl/ciyNgL Trump and Kim’s War of Words Has Asia Bracing for Conflict By Jason Scott and Ting Shi – Bloomberg China’s Global Times: Defend North Korea if U.S. attacks; Japan prepares to deploy missile interceptors: Nikkei The escalating war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News for August 9, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Trump’s ‘Fire and Fury’ North Korea Warning Puts World on Edge By Justin Sink and Shinhye Kang – Bloomberg Kim Jong Un ‘has been very threatening,’ Trump tells reporters U.S. markets jolted, South Korea and Japan stocks both fall President Donald Trump’s threat to hit North Korea with “fire and fury” jolted markets from New York to Seoul even as U.S. lawmakers questioned the president’s willingness to back up the heated rhetoric. https://goo.gl/Yc22if Trump’s Harsh Language on North Korea Has Little Precedent, Experts Say By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS – NY Times President Trump’s warning on Tuesday that North…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 8, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Asia is building its own world order Parag Khanna – CNN Much has been made recently of how the policies of the Trump administration clash with the global conventional wisdom — and how these contrast with the new spirit of global leadership emanating from China. https://goo.gl/wNXVhL Time’s come for an Asian-Asean century By Roberto F de Ocampo – Asia News Network The first step in Asean’s long journey to today can, perhaps, be said to have been taken about 13 years before its formal founding in August 1967 with the signing of the Bangkok Declaration by the Philippines,…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News -August 3, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Your Evening Briefing: China Fears a Meltdown, Hong Kong’s Tiny Flats Bloomberg News China is afraid of what it might become – more specifically, it’s afraid of becoming Japan. A new light has been shone on the reasons for Beijing’s dramatic crackdown on private firms snapping up foreign assets — a report commissioned by President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, in which a key recommendation was to curtail big private companies’ global buying spree. The study warns China is in danger of emulating Japan in the 1980s, when it had become a manufacturing powerhouse and started buying up…