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An overview of politics during an election year as it relates to the financial markets

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – October 4, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Singapore the Top Expat Destination for Third Year in a Row; USA is the “Land of Opportunity,” Ranks first for Career Progression BusinessWire 83% Of Expats Feel Confident About Singapore’s Political Stability And 73% About The Local Economy; 73% Of Expats Believe the US is a Good Place to Boost Their Career; 62% Report the US Offers Better Income than Their Home Nation Expats have rated Singapore as the best country in the world to live and work, while Norway rose four places to come in second, according to the new Expat Explorer survey released today by HSBC,…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – October 3, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Urban inequality a growing risk in Asia: World Bank Financial Express Widening inequality in Asia’s teeming cities could lead to potentially risky social divisions, the World Bank warned today, urging governments to do more to help the urban poor. https://goo.gl/xyGyH2 Southeast Asia is world’s hotspot for land disputes: report; Most companies involved incur losses SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Nikkei Businesses in Southeast Asia are increasingly counting the cost of land grabs, more than half of which result in delayed projects and nearly three-quarters of which lead to lawsuits, according to a wide-ranging research report. https://goo.gl/uqogWR Eight critical questions you must…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – October 2, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Bitcoin Bug Bites Japan and South Korea as China Clamps Down By NATHANIEL POPPER – NY Times Until recently, China was a center of Bitcoin activity while the rest of Asia looked on with little interest. https://goo.gl/wgxbUq US citizens lose half a decade in lifespan versus people born in rich European and Asian countries Lianna Brinded – Quartz The US ranks a dismal 34th place for life expectancy in the World Economic Forum’s highly-anticipated Global Competitiveness Report. However, people living in major financial centers in Europe and Asia, such as Hong Kong or Switzerland, can expect to live…

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

Lead Stories Top U.S. Spymaster Warns American Firms About Deals With China By Sara Forden and David McLaughlin – Bloomberg Standards for foreign deal reviews need reform, Evanina says; Official cites risk to U.S. control over strategic technology The top U.S. counterintelligence official said American firms need to be cognizant of the national security risks that could arise from selling to Chinese buyers or entering into joint ventures with them. https://goo.gl/trhaNV China’s bitcoin market alive and well as traders defy crackdown; Activity moves to peer-to-peer exchanges and messenger apps after Beijing’s order to close exchanges earlier this month Reuters via…

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

Lead Stories Gordon Brown warns next financial crisis could come from Asia Jasper Jolly – City AM Massive shadow bank lending to firms in Asian economies could be storing up the next global financial crisis, according to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. https://goo.gl/DgfuyU Financial assets in Southeast Asia grow, but debt build-up a concern By Asia Asset Management Financial assets in four Southeast Asian countries – Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia – collectively grew 8% to 20.41 trillion euros (US$24 trillion), from 18.8 trillion euros in 2015, but “dangerously high” debt ratios similar to levels in the US before the…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – September 26, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories China ‘strongman’ Xi to put stamp on communist charter; Wording will be watched as measure of power and for signs of growing cult of personality Lucy Hornby in Beijing – FT Since becoming Chinese president in 2012, Xi Jinping has been tightening his grip on civil society, the military and competing political cliques. https://goo.gl/KcTVyY Japan’s big banks plan digital currency launch; J Coin designed to wean Japanese off heavy dependency on cash Martin Arnold and Leo Lewis in Tokyo – FT Japanese banks plan to introduce a digital currency ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as they respond…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – September 25, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Note from John Lothian: How do you like this aggregation of news? Would you like it as an email newsletter? What time of day would you like to receive it? Any other feedback for us? Email me at johnlothian@johnlothian.com and let me know. Thanks! JJL Shinzo Abe calls snap Japan general election; Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike declares she will lead opposition party against PM Robin Harding and Peter Wells in Tokyo – FT Shinzo Abe has called a snap general election that will decide whether Japan sustains its massive economic stimulus and shape the country’s future until the…

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

Lead Stories North Korea threatens to detonate H-bomb in Pacific; Trump labels Kim Jong Un a ‘madman’ after Pyongyang warns US leader will ‘pay dearly’ Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Katrina Manson in New York – FT North Korea has threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, after Kim Jong Un warned that Donald Trump would “pay dearly” for his threat this week to “totally destroy” North Korea if America was forced to defend itself and its allies. https://goo.gl/V4Pacd North Korean missiles prompt airlines to change routes; Move comes amid fears of miscalculation and concerns of accidental strike…

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

Lead Stories Twenty years on: The Asian crisis and regional financial arrangements Author: David Nellor, Jakarta – EastAsiaForum.org Proposals for an Asian Monetary Fund (AMF) dominated corridor conversations at the 1997 IMF–World Bank annual meetings in Hong Kong. The Asian financial crisis had erupted a few months earlier and was engulfing the region. https://goo.gl/i31LWq Phoenix Rising: A Century Of Asia’s Markets And Economic Highlights Pamela Ambler , – Forbes Forbes is celebrating 100 years of its business-empowering magazine. To commemorate the milestone in Asia, we take a look back at regional markets and economies over the past century. Japan, Hong…