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India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds | Environment | The Guardian
India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds
Warning over wider global health impacts after findings reveal thousands of tonnes of colostin - the ‘antibiotic of last resort’ - are being shipped to India’s farms
India  China  USA  Colistin  post-antibiotics  antibiotic  antibiotics  MCR-1  food–industrial  complex  lobby  profit  maximisation  Asia  abuse 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report
palm  oil  deforestation  soil  erosion  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  drought  Brazil  Amazon  rain  forest  rainforest  Sumatra  Congo  Afrika  Asia  Amazonas  profit  maximisation  sustainability  sustainable  mass  extinction 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
The Biggest Real Estate Bubble Of All Time Just Did The Impossible | Zero Hedge
There are two things at work here. The natural resource distortion to the real economy. And the Super Rich and Criminals and Asia/China who are desperate to divest and park their riches in democracies and rule of law and hard "assets"
Canada  bubble  property  Super  Rich  1%  money  laundering  Asia  China  Russia  Brazil  corruption  G20  speculation  speculative  London  CAD  immigration  Student  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  tax  evasion  avoidance  QE  ZIRP  NIRP  unintended  consequences  Fed  BOE  ECB  organised  crime  war  on  drugs  natural  resources 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Mama Yuli: The trans women's leader no-one messes with - BBC News
Though revered on some of Indonesia's thousands of islands, Waria are increasingly persecuted elsewhere, as a stricter type of Islam takes root. And this makes Mama Yuli's job a lot harder.
Indonesia  Asia  Thailand  India  LGBT  Transgender  Religion  Islam  Muslim  moderation  extremism  hate  speech  crime  transphobia  Transphobic  Homophobia  homophobic 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Wie die aktuelle Kooperation mit Agrarkonzernen eine nachhaltige Landwirtschaft verhindert
Oxfam-Sudie belegt: Deutsche Entwicklungshilfe nützt "vor allem den Profitinteressen der beteiligten Agrarkonzerne".
Foreign  Aid  Africa  South  Asia  Palm  Oil  Free  Trade  Agreement  Lobby  crony  capitalism  Exploitation  career  Politicians  globalisation  globalization 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Behind the Bond-Stock Divide Is a Big and Risky Bet on Central Banks - WSJ
The idea is that if stocks are rising, bond yields should be climbing too. Here's how to reconcile it. The answer is central banks. If rates are going to stay lower for longer; if more rounds of quantitative easing are coming; if new ways of easing are coming -- the rates should be going down and stocks moving higher. [...] It's about dividends paying more than bonds. 90% of the bond market universe is near 2% or lower. //&! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-12/germany-about-sell-zero-coupon-10-year-bonds-first-time-ever //&! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-13/we-just-found-out-who-has-been-buying-all-these-record-low-yielding-bonds - When your nation's bonds are trading with a record low 28bps negative yield (10Y JGBs), everything else in the world (aside from Swiss 10Y) is a relative 'value'...
bond  bubble  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  equity  bubble  hunt  for  yield  central  banks  BIS  Fed  BOE  ECB  BOJ  PBOC  secular  stagnation  wage  growth  output  gap  productivity  gap  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  Precariat  inequality  Gini  coefficient  western  world  rising  middleclass  Asia  BRIC  income  distribution  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  crony  capitalism  capitalism  in  crisis  capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  globalisation  global  economy  globalization  free  trade  dividends  underinvestment  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  student  debt  consumer  debt  car  loan  property  bubble  speculative  bubble  speculative  bubbles  distortion  asset  allocation  austerity  AI  Robotics  automation  augmented  intelligence  Structural  Impediments  imbalance  unemployment  long-term  unemployment  skills  gap  skill-biased  technological  change  skills  shortage  economic  history  Brexit  technological  history  underemployed  underemployment  part-time  deflation  deflationary  JGB 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Canada Overwhelmed By 100,000 Chinese Millionaire Immigrants - YouTube
Flaunting your wealth. No connection w your culture and heritage. [...] also land taxes based on property value make it not affordable for some ... [...] Chinese love their property, half of their wealth/portfolio ... // http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/top-business-stories/canadian-house-prices-from-overvaluation-to-downright-zany/article30535075/ &! http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-banks-mortgage-1.3643793 - Canadian banks could survive a 25% house price decline, Moody's says. Banking system would be fine even if Toronto and Vancouver see a crash, ratings agency says.
Beton  Gold  Betongold  Canada  USA  China  property  bubble  real  estate  bubble  UK  globalisation  globalization  immigration  economic  history  asset  allocation  affordability  affordable  housing  social  housing  Generation  Rent  rent-seeking  rentier  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  BOC  secular  stagnation  migration  valuation  asset  bubble  asset  liquidity  distortion  distorted  Germany  1%  Super  Rich  Gini  coefficient  inequality  Latin  America  BRIC  emerging  middle  class  India  Asia 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Philippines rice shortage sparks violence
South East Asia Drought (heat wave), water shortage, and forest fires. / One of the strongest El Nino weather events ever recorded has caused heatwaves, water shortages and forest fires around the world.
Now deaths linked to protests over food shortages have been reported in Cotabato province in the southern Philippines, where thousands of drought-hit farmers have clashed with police over demands for rice. //&! http://www.irinnews.org/report/77478/philippines-rice-shortage-hits-poor-government-grapples-solution &! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_global_rice_crisis &! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-31/thai-water-crisis-may-ease-over-next-two-months-government-says &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35499487
El  Nino  Thailand  Asia  drought  Philippines  Wildfire  forest  fire  water  shortage  heat  wave  extreme  weather  National  Security  food  weather  extreme  food  poverty  Ethiopia  drinking  water  water  management  global  warming  climate  change 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Eurasia Group - 2/3 of the global population face severe water...
2/3 of the global population face severe water scarcity at least 1 month of year // even the south of UK.
water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  food  security  National  drought  global  warming  climate  change  climate  crisis  mass  extinction  Wildfire  UK  USA  California  Australia  Africa  Asia 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
I'm tired of being around people who feel intimidated by my blackness | Music | The Guardian
In our society, black is seen as negative and white as successful, leading many to reach for a cultural mask. It’s time we stopped trying to fit in //&! ‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health. The perceptions of young black women in everyday life may be exacerbating already high rates of depression and anxiety. One writer explains why she’s fighting back - bit.ly/20RBIqn
skin  bleaching  urban  scene  Asia  racism  prejudice  subconscious  snap  judgement  bias  cognitive  bias  Wertegesellschaft  pattern  matching  pattern  recognition  confirmation  bias  selection  bias  beauty  sickness  mental  health  well  being 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting child labour lawsuit in Ivory Coast | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
via https://redd.it/43n4uy //&! The company has won plaudits for its admission of forced labour in the Thai seafood industry but much of the supply chain remains hidden [...] By the time Nestlé owned up to slavery in the Thai seafood industry it was accepted knowledge //&! Research from the University of Sheffield argues audits are working for corporations but failing workers and the environment - http://bit.ly/1laHKT0
supply  chain  profit  maximisation  conglomerate  multinational  shareholder  value  Wall  Street  food  industry  processed  food  food  engineering  child  labour  governance  accountability  transparency  Politics  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  zombie  consumer  Protection  convenience  obesity  epidemic  obesity  childhood  obesity  revolving  door  food  safety  fast  food  junk  food  China  India  Apple  Asia  corruption  bribery  Schwarzkasse  corporate  scandal 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
The city in love with cars even though its air is toxic - BBC News
Delhi is a city that adds 1,400 cars to its roads every day - and the minute the local government announced an emergency car rationing plan, the complaints and legal battles began. // economic damage - due to a rise in cancer and chronic ailments - reducing discretionary spending/disposable income - due to health care spending and being a carer for your sick relative.
air  pollution  public  health  policy  public  health  public  transportation  transportation  carbon  dioxide  carbon  tax  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  BRIC  Frontier  Markets  emerging  middle  class  Asia  China  India  economic  damage  Beijing 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Drug-resistant malaria can infect African mosquitoes - BBC News
Dr Rick Fairhurst, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), in the US, who carried out the research, said: "We think this will provide additional impetus for intensifying - and by intensifying, I mean grossly intensifying - the malaria elimination efforts in South East Asia." This drug-resistant parasite was first seen in Cambodia in 2008, but has since been reported across South East Asia. It is rendering the best front-line drug - Artemisinin - useless. But this is not the first time this has happened. Since the 1950s, drug after drug has stopped working as the malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) has evolved. And each time, the problem has first emerged on the Thai-Cambodia border before spreading around the world. [...] The World Health Organization estimates that in the last 15 years malaria death rates fell by 60% globally and 6.2 million malaria deaths have been averted. Scientists warn that they cannot afford to lose this drug.
Malaria  Africa  travel  advice  South  East  Asia  Asia  WHO  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Rauchen in China: Zwei Millionen Tote im Jahr 2030 - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Zwei Drittel der jungen Männer in China greifen regelmäßig zur Zigarette - mit schwerwiegenden Folgen. Bereits 2030 könnten doppelt so viele Menschen an den Folgen des Rauchens sterben wie 2010.
China  Asia  tobacco  western  lifestyle  emerging  middle  class  aspirational  chronic  diseases  cancer  public  health  policy  public  health  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  crisis  Standard  American  Diet  pattern  western  obesity  epidemic  obesity  pre-diabetic  diabetes  sick  population 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
China pledges $2bn for developing world - BBC News
Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to establish a $2bn (£1.3bn) fund to assist developing countries and to significantly increase investment. Addressing a UN summit on development goals, Mr Xi said investment would reach $12bn over the next 15 years. He also said China would cancel debts to the world's least developed nations, including small island nations. Beijing, he added, would assist in 600 overseas projects in the next five years and offer more scholarships.
AIIB  China  BRIC  TPP  TTIP  TISA  USA  UN  infrastructure  investment  productive  investment  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  Asia  Aid  Africa  global  trade  global  economy  globalization  globalisation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicki Minaj Anaconda is a skinny-shamer!! Twerk - YouTube
half way in - society - different cultures - fat shaming // different kind of beauty ideals across the world, depending on culture and exposure (reinforcement, popular culture communication - mainstream on tv, magazines). // just look at - youtu.be/ejY-SSI_1-0
fat  shaming  society  culture  Asia  Arab  World  western  beauty  sickness  beauty  standard  beauty  industry  Fashion  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  urban  scene 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Weltwirtschaft: BIZ warnt vor Krediten in Schwellenländern - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Bank für Internationalen Zahlungsausgleich sieht Alarmzeichen für Banken in vielen Schwellenländern. Die Kreditvergabe in China, Brasilien oder der Türkei habe ein bedrohliches Verhältnis angenommen, warnt die Notenbank. // &! Die Welt steuert auf den Bankrott zu (QE trap): Eine vorläufige Antwort: Das tieferliegende Problem besteht darin, dass sich die Weltwirtschaft insgesamt auf den Bankrott zubewegt - und das wird umso schneller gehen, je höher die Zinsen sind und je niedriger die Preissteigerungsraten.
BIS  credit  bubble  2015  China  BRIC  NPL  shadow  banking  junk  bond  creditrating  banking  crisis  excess  reserves  QE  ZIRP  NIRP  hot-money  currency-war  currency  debasement  currency  war  centralbanks  economic  history  hunt  for  yield  FOMO  speculative  bubbles  FX  reserves  Turkey  Brazil  Developing  World  Fed  distortion  unknown  unkown  unintended  consequences  Raghuram  Rajan  BOE  BOJ  Abenomics  PBOC  ECB  emerging  market  emerging  middle  class  AIIB  Asia  South  Africa  Latin  America  deflationary  deflation  secular  stagnation  western  Niall  Ferguson  globalization  globalisation  wage  stagnation  disposable  income  income  distribution  income  inequality  income  growth  income  mobility  income  gap  wage  growth  GFC  recovery  fiscal  policy  monetary  policy  austerity  Pact  European  Union  UK  USA  Richard  Koo  Joseph  Stiglitz  Paul  Krugman  dogma  ideology  Fed  mandate  inflation  targeting  New  Normal  bond  bubble  QE  trap  liquidity  trap  reflate  reflation  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  property  bubble  capital  allocation  QT  debt  monetisation  debt  monetization  trickle-down  economics  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  digital  economy  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  World  Bank  IMF  savings  glut  faultlines  structural  imbalance  Impediments  Super  Cycle  debt  ser 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
EXCLUSIVE-China's AIIB to offer loans with fewer strings attached-sources | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters
Details of China’s new development bank were leaked. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China’s prospective challenger to the World Bank, will not ask borrowing nations to deregulate or to privatize businesses in order to obtain loans, sources told Reuters. That could make it more attractive to some borrowers than the World Bank—a concern for the US, which opposed the AIIB’s development. // http://qz.com/372326/all-the-countries-that-are-joining-chinas-alternative-to-the-world-bank/
World  Bank  AIIB  USA  China  national  interest  Europe  foreign  policy  foreign  affairs  infrastructure  investment  productive  investment  Asia  emerging  market  Developing  World  BRIC  Frontier  Markets  BIS 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Banks Are Perilously Exposed to China - Bloomberg View
International banks, however, don't appear to be heavily exposed to China, at first glance anyway. Bank of International Settlements data show that their claims on Chinese banks, companies, consumers and public sector are quite manageable, though Australian and U.K. banks have extended a lot of credit in China in proportion to their total foreign assets: [...] U.K. banks' $198 billion in Chinese assets at the end of last year looks particularly threatening, especially given that HSBC and Standard Chartered both derive a significant portion of their revenue from China. This exposure is particularly problematic because a debt overhang is one of the Chinese economy's biggest problems.
exposure  China  banking  crisis  investment  banking  UK  USA  2015  credit  bubble  equity  bubble  speculative  bubbles  bond  bubble  property  bubble  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  distortion  ZIRP  PBOC  NIRP  QE  QT  2016  balance  sheet  recession  underwater  debtoverhang  VAR  excess  reserves  shadow  banking  fractional  reserve  banking  banking  Fed  BOE  London  Bank  Oversight  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Mark  Carney  liquidity  trap  Taper  monetary  transmission  mechanism  M3  monetary  policy  monetary  stimulus  unconventional  monetary  policy  monetary  system  monetary  theory  austerity  unknown  unkown  unintended  consequences  deregulation  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  Westminster  Toff  Conservative  Party  Tories  Establishment  Privileged  speculative  speculation  derivatives  financial  repression  financial  market  financial  cycle  financial  literacy  financial  crisis  HSBC  Standard  Chartered  NPL  correction  overcapacity  AIIB  Asia  FX  reserves  centralbank  reserves  margin  trading  leverage  irrational  exuberance  hubris  panic  petrodollar  Oil  price  OPEC  global  trade  global  economy  global  growth  global  imbalances  faultlines  structural  imbalance  Impediments  debt  monetisation  debt  monetization  BIS  Germany  Japan  Yuan  RMB  devaluation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
The "Great Accumulation" Is Over: The Biggest Risk Facing The World's Central Banks Has Arrived | Zero Hedge
PBoC’s rapid liquidation of USTs over the past two weeks has added fuel to the fire and effectively boxed the Fed in. On Tuesday, Deutsche Bank is out extending their "quantitative tightening" (QT) analysis with a look at whats ahead now that the so-called "Great Accumulation" is over.  "Following two decades of unremitting growth, we expect global central bank reserves to at best stabilize but more likely to continue to decline in coming years," [...] Less reserve accumulation should put secular upward pressure on both global fixed income yields & USD. [If the shadow actor in Belgium doesnt buy it up @rate everyone else is selling (divesting) ] [...] The current secular shift in reserve manager behaviour represents the equivalent to Quantitative Tightening, or QT. This force is likely to be a persistent headwind towards developed market central banks’ exit from unconventional policy in coming years, representing an additional source of uncertainty in the global economy. ...
bond  bubble  treasuries  Treasury  Market  liquidity  trap  liquidity  squeeze  China  FX  reserves  centralbanks  reserves  USD  Dollar  QE  ZIRP  NIRP  petrodollar  2015  Yuan  RMB  devaluation  global  trade  global  economy  global  imbalances  global  growth  faultlines  OPEC  Oil  price  Asia  emerging  PBOC  Russia  shale  gas  fracking  tarsand  Canada  USA  Taper  Fed  credit  bubble  reflate  reflation  GFC  recovery  monetary  system  financial  monetary  theory  monetary  policy  monetary  stimulus  unconventional  monetary  policy  Saudi  Arabia  UAE  Iran  commodity  prices  Quantitative  Tightening  QT  2016  New  Normal  uncertainty  BOE  IMF  SDR  reserve  currency 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why It Really All Comes Down To The Death Of The Petrodollar | Zero Hedge
What might not be as clear (on the surface anyway) is how recent events in developing economy FX markets following the devaluation of the yuan stem from a seismic shift we began discussing late last year - namely, the death of the petrodollar system which has served to underwrite decades of dollar dominance and was, until recently, a fixture of the post-war global economic order. In short, the world seems to have underestimated how structurally important collapsing crude prices are to global finance. For years, producers funnelled their dollar proceeds into USD assets providing a perpetual source of liquidity, boosting the financial strength of the reserve currency, leading to even higher asset prices and even more USD-denominated purchases, and so forth, in a virtuous loop. [...] For the first time in decades, exported petrodollar capital turned negative. [...] the world is now beginning to feel the impact of the petrodollar's quiet demise. // &! Follow-on! bit.ly/1IGh4O3
petrodollar  OPEC  centralbanks  reserves  USD  Dollar  2015  Oil  price  FX  reserves  China  Asia  emerging  market  global  trade  global  economy  global  imbalances  Yuan  RMB  devaluation  PBOC  Russia  shale  gas  fracking  tarsand  Canada  USA  Taper  Fed  credit  bubble  QE  ZIRP  NIRP  reflate  reflation  GFC  recovery  monetary  system  financial  market  monetary  theory  monetary  policy  monetary  stimulus  unconventional  monetary  policy  Saudi  Arabia  UAE  Iran  commodity  prices  liquidity  trap  liquidity  squeeze  treasuries  Treasury  bond  bubble  faultlines  IMF  SDR  reserve  currency 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Steen Jakobsen: Get Ready For The Biggest Margin Call In History - YouTube
ideology/Career Politicians/Complacency/Cushy/non-ambitious/AIIB/comfortable //&! bit.ly/1cU2RVS March 2015, SELL & come back in 6 months - bloom.bg/1NTykGB //&! bit.ly/1NJvXai &! bit.ly/1VsYTEJ Outrageous predictions for 2015 were: China devalues yuan 20% [joining others in global struggle to import inflation] &! Corporate high yield market spreads double (higher refinancing cost, which zombie corporations do actually have no pants on as tide goes out) "High yield is a derivative of equity markets. If you believe equities are overvalued, so too is high yield," &! UK house prices crash (foreign hot money, speculative + shortage + Summer 2015 Crash + BOE Taper in 2015/16 = back to reality!) &! Russia defaults again // &! Fed Taper is a "margin call," [need 2 normalize despite its mandate/fundamentals not warranting a hike!] [...] a seven-year bull run 4 equities might be coming to an end [...] the rise (not value) of RMB/Yuan as it becomes free floating out of need] - cnb.cx/1MMyLSC
Abenomics  Yen  Yuan  RMB  devaluation  currency-war  fiat  currency  currency  debasement  currency  war  deflationary  deflation  credit  bubble  PBOC  China  credit  cycle  business  cycle  financial  cycle  financial  crisis  leverage  margin  trading  underinvestment  productive  investment  business  investment  public  investment  personal  investment  infrastructure  investment  rebalancing  structural  imbalance  Impediments  infrastructure  Career  Politicians  short-term  Fortune  500  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Wall  Street  ROI  STEM  Research  R&D  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  New  Normal  hunt  for  yield  output  gap  productivity  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Robotics  3D  printing  Steen  Jakobsen  financial  incentive  secular  stagnation  Manufacturing  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  policy  AIIB  Asia  European  Union  share  buyback  2015  equity  bubble  speculative  bubbles  bond  bubble  property  bubble  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  distortion  demographic  bubble  ageing  population  western  developed  liquidity  trap  UK  USA  Europe  BOE  Fed  BOJ  ECB  bank  bailout  toobigtofail  too  big  to  jail  too  big  to  bail  banking  crisis  sovereign  debt  crisis  austerity  ideology  dogma  economic  history  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
What Uber and Airbnb Are Up Against in China - YouTube
- China specific leader for business, native boots on the ground! - min 9 - youtu.be/WcnYafrqdMc // playbook is different from country to country, and very different from western world to asia or Africa or Latin America! because of very different consumer, culture, regulation, politics, ... --- need local partners! period. experienced boots. and lots of handshakes.
Uber  China  linkedin  AirBnB  SoftBank  Asia  expansion  global  trade  playbook  scale  scaling 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
US stocks nosedive in early trading amid collapse in global markets | Business | The Guardian
[ great reflation move since 09, finds another opportunity (this time because of China) to reflect. meaning to reassess reality. same with the collapse in emerging market, money going out of high yield & risk back to US/UK in hope of Taper and then came the hammer in form of China scare, people taking even more money out of emerging market/Chinas neighbours into the safe haven (perceived) that is the $/£/EUR market ] Dow dropped more than 1,000 points shortly after the markets opened, but it recovered slightly to be down 620 points, or 6%, shortly before 10am. Dow, which had suffered big falls last week, was trading below 16,000 at 10am – the first time it has been below that level since February 2014. The index is 14% below its record peak in May, putting the Dow firmly into “correction” territory – Wall Street jargon for a drop of 10% or more from a recent peak. &! bit.ly/1EQ31Fn &! bit.ly/1F1zPue - Summers argued for fiscal stimulus, debate about secular stagnation.
correction  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  emerging  market  hunt  for  yield  unintended  consequences  2015  unknown  unkown  hot-money  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  reflate  reflation  recovery  GFC  structural  imbalance  global  imbalances  China  USA  western  world  secular  stagnation  Developing  developed  world  Europe  UK  Singapore  Asia  global  economy  global  trade  energy  price  Oil  price  OPEC  economic  history  Taper  Abenomics  Japan  Fed  BOE  ECB  BOJ  Richard  Koo  equity  bubble  bond  bubble  deflationary  deflation  job  creation  job  market  participation  rate  industrial  policy  Makers  short-term  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  policy  folly  policy  error  PBOC  distortion  faultlines  Impediments  STEM  underinvestment  productive  investment  output  gap  productivity  Paul  Krugman  Larry  Summers  Ben  Bernanke  Janet  Yellen  Mark  Carney  MarioDraghi  Angela  Merkel  Wolfgang  Schäuble  austerity  fiscal  policy  Pact  Schuldenbremse  fiscal  stimulus  George  Osborne  dogma  IMF  OECD  ChristineLagarde  ideology 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
SoftBank President's investing advice - YouTube
playbooks different in Asia ... than in western world. lots of different barriers and execution problems. local entrepreneurs will give a good run/fight for their money - uber/airbnb ...trying to crack asia. // https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/softbank & https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tiger-global & https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/t-rowe-price
SoftBank  Nikesh  Arora  growth  round  Snapdeal  Silicon  Valley  AirBnB  Uber  China  Asia  GrabTaxi  Rocket  Internet  Coupang  Alibaba  India  Flipkart 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Renminbi Rumba | FT Markets - YouTube
ppl surprised because western market was complacent. should have seen it on the horizon that it was a matter of time! // further competitive QE from Japan (new round of Abenomics post Q2'15 -0.4% results and Chinas three round of devaluations) will infuriate Asian neighbours. // commentary - bv.ms/1I0ucNL - tl;dr - its a correction (with some overshoot in less liquid market and emerging market (currencies)), market participants won't go yet on sidelines. &! bv.ms/1NqY7GS - At the very least, we have been long overdue for a simple 10 percent correction. And while the economic data has been on the mixed side, we don’t see the usual indicators of recession, at least in the U.S.
Yuan  RMB  China  devaluation  2015  Dollar  Taper  Fed  BOE  PBOC  monetary  policy  IMF  SDR  liberal  economic  reform  Asia  emerging  market  Developing  World  Frontier  Markets  Abenomics  QE  currency  war  currency  debasement  fiat  currency  Yen  economic  history 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Foreign Affairs Expert Leslie Gelb: Masters in Business (Audio) by Bloomberg View | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Leslie Gelb, wrote Pentagon Papers. Which Ellsberg leaked (Whistleblower) - bit.ly/1Lgsq2D // Back in the days, national interests and force was expressed in war and seldomly in economic embargos (Napoleon tried that against British Empire) and there were economic skirmishes (oil/diesel, rubber) in the run-up to WW2 and the first couple of months before USA officially entered WW2. TODAY! National interests are only expressed in economic terms with trade embargoes, tariffs, trade deals and protectionism. Only little military skirmishes here and there and when, the nation tries to hide them from the publics eye (through rouge nations for hire army/special forces, a nations secret services supplying the underground arms trade that doesn't show up on its balance sheet or one of their nations manufacturers. West excluded Russia from recent G8 summit in Munich and made it G7. Russia/Europe/USA playing game of chicken of economic escalation. Or using corporate actors & new cyber war!
Russia  protectionism  embargo  Iran  nuclear  power  USA  Latin  America  corporate  state  national  interest  Nationalism  Europe  UK  cyber  crime  cyber  war  NSA  GCHQ  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  state  Orwellian  corporate  espionage  industrial  espionage  cyber  espionage  Crimea  Crimea  Crisis  presidency  barackobama  vladimirputin  Putin  China  Asia  Pakistan  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  Africa  history  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  Afghanistan  Irak  Israel  Gaza-Israel  conflict  Germany  Ukraine  Ukrain  Angela  Merkel  Pentagon  CIA  MI6  Japan  SouthChinaSea  South  Korea  military–industrial  military  intervention  IT  Security  collateral  damage  international  relations  Security  False  Flag  on  Terror  ISIS  al-Qaida  book  G7  G8  United  Nations  Security  Council  NATO  OPEC  Oil  price  Saudi  Arabia  Arab  League  Cuba  Vietnam  WMD  smoking  gun  Syria  Syrien 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 49: The Shortest Interview With Jenny Lee From GGV Capital by analyseasia
8:00 don't innovate for innovation sake, R&D in the lab is only R&D. address real world problem, issue that is bothering you and you can't stand it any more that nobody is doing something about it. add value, is it of value, people coming back every week, month. are you creating more value than you take!? productise the solution. build a big or small sustainable company around it. // you are the first customer, you are solving your problem! // 10:00 the mobile super computer, connectedness, big data, relevance, targeted ... apps (appification) destructing traditional verticals, ... always on. platform offers new business models, enabled by scale and network effects, ... and convergence of different tech ( IoT in store connected to store e-commerce solution - user stores app )
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Product/Market  Fit  vertical  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Appification  mobile  phone  Venture  Capital  Asia  entrepreneurship 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
China's currency devaluation could spark 'tidal wave of deflation' | Business | The Guardian
[3rd day in a row Yuan/RMB is devalued by PBOC (13/08/15)] “We’re all going to feel it: we’ll feel it through commodities; we’ll feel it through manufactured goods exports, not just from China but from everywhere that has to compete with it; and we’ll feel it through wages.” [...] China could be willing to let the yuan depreciate by as much as 25% over the next five years – “stone by stone, step by step” – in an attempt to restore the export-led growth that was such a winning formula [...] China [may be] trying to protect itself against the period of financial instability [following Taper by western central banks Fed/BOE] [or counter $ recent rise 21% & peg against $] [or fight home grown recession with kitchen sink] // &! bloom.bg/1gC8FFe &! bloom.bg/1WkMfZZ &! bloom.bg/1hy7O9l &! bloom.bg/1NpE4FI &! bv.ms/1IKB3fX // what is the new normal 4 growth in this global economy, competitive = keeping prices low = inflation & low interest rate pressure.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Uno-Prognose: Weltbevölkerung im Jahr 2100 11,2 Milliarden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Afrika wird seine Einwohnerzahl in den kommenden 85 Jahren fast vervierfachen. [...] Europa schrumpft. [...] Millionen ungewollter Schwangerschaften. Grund für den Anstieg der Weltbevölkerung ist unter anderem die Annahme, dass die Geburtenrate pro Frau weniger stark sinkt als noch vor einigen Jahren angenommen. Experten fordern deshalb einen besseren Zugang zu Aufklärung und freiwilliger Familienplanung für Frauen und Jugendliche in Entwicklungsländern. "Jedes Jahr werden nach wie vor 74 Millionen Frauen und Mädchen in Entwicklungsländern ungewollt schwanger - unter anderem weil sie nicht verhüten können", erklärte die Geschäftsführerin der Stiftung Weltbevölkerung, Renate Bähr. [...] Die Uno hatte in den vergangenen Jahren immer wieder ihre Bevölkerungsprognose nach oben korrigiert. Noch 2003 waren die Statistiker sogar davon ausgegangen, dass die Weltbevölkerung ab dem Jahr 2040 wieder zurückgeht.
population  Africa  demographic  bubble  Europe  Asia  statistics  prediction  predictions 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Solving the productivity puzzle - BBC News
UK productivity growth (as measured by output per hour worked) has been exceptionally weak since 2008. Productivity growth has actually been weak across the developed economies since the Great Recession but especially so in the UK. Beyond those facts though, there is little agreement. The talk is instead of a "productivity puzzle": solving that puzzle is the key to both a lower government deficit and to higher living standards. [...] [I]t could be that the nature of Britain's recovery explains the low productivity growth. Rather than lower productivity leading to lower real wages (as companies cannot afford to increase pay), it may be that lower real wages have encouraged firms to hire workers rather than investing in new equipment. This could have lowered productivity. [...] Much of it feels more traditionally "sociological" than "economic". // 2nd Industrial Revolution - Software is Eating the World, Self-Employment, contractors, Zero Hour Contracts, etc. &! bit.ly/1aRi7Bw
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Inside Out London - The Great Property Race
London, one of the most expensive places on earth to live. // Inside Out London - The Great Property Race - Mark Jordan joins first-time buyers and cash-rich Chinese investors as they race to buy homes in the capital's fast, furious and often cruel market. >> London-mania, speculation, ASIAN individual investors leave flats empty & sell them again after 12-18m after much appreciation of value. Buying just based on the prospect & not one stone put down or even speculating on green fields planning permission 5 years down the road. Insane. // &! Existing owners building owners are in a Millionaire Basement Wars - bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05r86yg // Think about all that money being invested long-term into productive investments (STEM) creating current & future opportunity. Lowering the output & productivity gap of UK! Once, a high rise is finished, there are no jobs there that generate tax income from revenue/profit generation - that of a worker or company of the 21st century.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Deutschlands Handelsbilanz: Die Probleme einer Exportnation - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In Deutschland wird zu wenig investiert, zugleich spielen wir bei den Exporten bald in unserer eigenen Liga. Die Unternehmenslobby fordert eine Senkung der Lohnkosten. Doch genau das Gegenteil wäre die richtige Lösung. // &! Müllers Memo: Der Kapitalismus funktioniert nicht mehr - Die Weltwirtschaft leidet immer noch stark unter den Folgen der Krise von 2008. Der Hauptgrund: Die Unternehmen investieren viel weniger als früher.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Inside Story: Oil wars - Shifting balance of power? - YouTube
OPEC will export more and more to ASIA/emerging and developing world. and western world will wean itself off oil. // still USA, the world police, is only one secury the energy security corridor to asia, there is no direct link to USA anymore. // still energy security is still in academics mind. rising population and rising middle class in ASIA, Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, ... // every country needs an energy mix, period. but it's not about which direction, it's about the willingness to invest in efficient enough renewable sources. //
geopolitics  OPEC  Asia  fracking  shale  gas 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Today's Uncertain Future Calls For Observation and Patience, Not Boldness and Strategy | BillMoyers.com
Not one of the signature foreign policy initiatives conceived in Obama’s first term has borne fruit. When it came to making a fresh start with the Islamic world, responsibly ending the “dumb” war in Iraq (while winning the “necessary” one in Afghanistan), “resetting” US-Russian relations, and “pivoting” toward Asia, mark your scorecard zero for four. There’s no doubt that when Kerry arrived at the State Department he brought with him some much-needed energy. That he is giving it his all — the department’s website reports that the secretary has already clocked over 682,000 miles of travel — is doubtless true as well. The problem is the absence of results. Remember when his signature initiative was going to be an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal? Sadly, that quixotic plan, too, has come to naught.
presidency  barackobama  foreign  relations  foreign  policy  foreign  affairs  FISAAA  Intelligence  Agency  NSA  surveillance  state  Orwellian  corporate  espionage  Act  cyber  espionage  espionage  Europe  Five  Eyes  Patriot  Act  FISA  Court  Edward  Snowden  cablegate  Wikileaks  Whistleblower  investigative  journalism  Chelsea  Manning  Julian  Assange  Russia  Crimea  Crisis  Asia  China  Gaza-Israel  conflict  Iraq  War  Afghanistan 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
The South Korean Love Industry - YouTube
avg marriage age in SK is 31yrs. // prostitution illegal, but still thriving ... 1/5th of women worked in some form in the sex trade ...
demographic  bubble  demographics  demography  ageing  population  South  Korea  sex  work  sex  worker  sex  trade  culture  social  safety  net  poverty  in  old  age  sex  ed  sex  education  conservative  history  Asia  Love  Motel  sexual  health 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Lobo-Kolumne: Pseudoskepsis zweifelt an allem außer an sich selbst - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Symptoms to a greater arch that is happening - a global leveling of the playing field ... Reaktion auf die zunehmende Komplexität der Welt // Junk Food in form of constant bad news - bc News Room is 24/7 Rocky horror show - bc of Pageviews business model.
Lügenpresse  PEGIDA  AfD  Protest  Party  Protest  Partei  UKIP  complexity  globalisation  globalization  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  borderless  uncertainty  insecurity  hartz-iv  social  safety  net  Universal  Basic  Income  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  protectionism  GFC  Bailout  Robotics  automation  algorithm  unintended  consequences  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  revolving  door  transparency  accountability  Political  Governance  corporate  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  ethical  machine  abuse  of  power  Super  Rich  1%  squeezed  middle  class  Proletariat  working  poor  Precariat  precarious  work  society  social  cohesion  Europe  USA  UK  Asia  Africa  East  instability  Latin  America  Germany  European  Election  2014  France 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Victims of a craze for cosmetic surgery
Part of the problem is that plastic surgery is so lucrative that unqualified doctors have been drawn in - or rather doctors qualified in other areas of quite different medicine. It's alleged that procedures have been done by what are called "ghost doctors". In one court case, it's claimed that the advertised doctor slipped out of the operating room once the patient was under the anaesthetic and the job was then botched by the replacement surgeon. On top of that, it's emerged that some before-and-after photos have had a bit of surgery themselves - surgery of the Photoshop variety. The upshot is that the Korean Association of Plastic Surgeons has called for tighter rules for doctors and for advertisers. They fear that the bad publicity is damaging the reputation of an industry which is largely well-run. But they're fighting against the tide. Plastic surgery is very profitable, even with prices that undercut the US and Europe.
plastic  surgery  Asia  aspirational  social  status  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  status  anxiety  beauty  industry  beauty  sickness  beauty  standard 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
China's Tortured Beauties: Make Me Look Western - YouTube
>> with the arrival of western style capitalism and thus western media ... changes in values and ideals of beauty started to go cray cray. eye-lid surgery and pale skin are just two things. - Asian models with western faces. - Such thing is not apparent in Japan.
China  Asia  western  society  beauty  standard  beauty  industry  beauty  products  beauty  photoshopped  Photoshop  South  Korea  beauty  sickness  plastic  surgery 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Occupy Central’s polite protesters: The Hong Kong demonstrators are disciplined, organized, and prepared.
The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous. [...] These aren’t just idealists; these are savvy political operators who understand successful nonviolent resistance. [...] The answers to these questions can be found in the appropriately titled “Manual of Disobedience.” Published online several days before the Occupy Central campaign was set to begin, the document (written in Chinese and English) is part how-to guide and part philosophical mission statement. It details the movement’s tactics, the rules for nonviolent protest, the legal codes that may be violated, and the exact procedure to follow should someone be arrested. It also implores protesters to “avoid physical confrontation, but also to avoid developing hatred in [their] heart,” and explains that the protests must be a model of the values that they are striving to see in their society, namely “equality, tolerance, love, and care.” [...] Book - Blueprint for Revolution.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Ukraine Exposes Globalism's Flawed Premise | Curtis Ellis
It is a modern Western conceit to view human aspirations strictly through a materialistic lens. Alexander Solzhenitsyn decried Western society's tendency to focus on the accumulation of material goods to the exclusion of all other human characteristics. This stubborn insistence on seeing the world in purely economic terms blinded us to anticipating that Vladimir Putin could do exactly what he did. Putin wasn't supposed to risk upsetting "the market" - but he did. He was supposed to fear sanctions and economic backlash - but he didn't. the only possible explanation is that he is disconnected from reality, as Angela Merkel reportedly said. [...] the assumption that nationalism is a thing of the past, and that people around the world think, conduct business and share the same values as the Western elites.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Global refugee figures highest since WW2, UN says
The number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two, the UN says.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: The Changing Nature of Middle Class Work
The economy is changing in structural ways that affect not just the job market but the nature of work itself. If we ask, what is work?, the conventional answer is tasks that somebody will pay us to do. This is true, but it doesn't address why someone is willing to pay us. The answer is to create value. ... [ Skills, not Expertise. ] ...... As technology's ability to replace costly human labor moves from the factory floor to the service sector, the nature of middle class work is changing. [ IBM's company wide Pivot over +10 years from HW to Services and Software Company. With the accompanying downsizing. ] ... Jobs that can be learned in a few hours are prone to being replaced by machines. [...] The protected sectors beset by soaring costs (healthcare, higher education, major weaponry programs, finance, etc.) will undergo the creative destruction of technology-based productivity gains for the reason that they are already unaffordable, not just to households but to the nation.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Are Covert Operations Underway In The Global Currency Wars? | Zero Hedge
Looking around various FX rates, there is some evidence that covert intervention has been taking place in Asia. Occasional, sharp overnight moves on unusually high volume have taken place in the Korean won, Taiwan dollar, Indonesian rupiah, Malaysian ringitt and Vietnamese dong. This is of course only circumstantial evidence but it would be odd were profit-maximising economic agents to behave in this way. Given that the authorities in question have the means and quite possibly the motive, and the price action is suggestive, it is entirely reasonable to surmise that some covert intervention has been taking place in the region. [...] Desperate policymakers sometimes do desperate things. And history is sometimes stranger than fiction.
currency  debasement  currency  war  BOJ  currency-war  Asia  policy  error  Japan  policy  folly 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
Japanese Government Bonds Halted Limit Down; Yields Spike To 10 Week High; Worst Day In 5 Years | Zero Hedge
It appears things are getting a little out of control around the world. .... [...] http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-10/overnight-yen-tumble-sends-asia-scrambling-retaliate >> " Sure enough, midway through the evening session, Sri Lanka cut its reverse repo and repurchase rate to 9% and 7% respectively, promptly followed by Vietnam cutting its own refinancing rate from 8% to 7%, then moving to Thailand where the finance chief Kittiratt called for a rate cut exceeding 25 bps, and more jawboning from South Korea suggesting even more rate cuts from the export-driven country are set to come as it loses trade competitiveness to Japan. Asian financial crisis 2.0 any minute now? "
currency  debasement  QE  JGB  monetary  policy  currency  war  Politics  lostgeneration  economic  history  inflation  targeting  reflation  devaluation  Yen  ZIRP  BOJ  competitiveness  inflation  Asia  centralbanks  Japan  lostdecade 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
Schuldenkrise: Es ist Zeit für einen neuen Kapitalismus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Humankapitalismus statt Finanzkapitalismus

Mit den Ergebnissen dieser Fehlentwicklungen hat Europa heute zu kämpfen. Eine sinnentleerte Volkswirtschaft ist nicht mehr in der Lage, den Wohlstand zu mehren. Sie erstickt in ihren Schulden und geht unter. Herausfinden wird Europa aus dieser Lage nur, indem es die Interessen der Menschen in den Mittelpunkt stellt. Nur die Kreativität des menschlichen Geistes, der Neues ersinnt, wird die derzeitige Krise überwinden können.

Dementsprechend müssen sich Unternehmen und ganze Volkswirtschaften organisieren: Bildung, Kultur, kreative Freiräume - Humankapitalismus statt Finanzkapitalismus.

Gerade die aufstrebenden Länder Asiens und Lateinamerikas beobachten uns sehr genau. "Finden wir eine demokratische Lösung? Oder lassen wir alles in Staatsbankrotten und Inflation den Bach runtergehen?", sagte mir kürzlich ein Euro-Notenbanker. Wie viel sind Demokratie und Freiheit eigentlich wert, wenn die europäischen Kulturnationen keinen Ausweg [findet].
politics  democracy  foreignaffairs  China  Asia  BRIC  greatrecession  GFC  sovereign  debt  crisis  USA  Europe  history  capitalism  economic-thought  economic  history 
april 2012 by asterisk2a
A Very Different Take On The "Iran Barters Gold For Food" Story | ZeroHedge
Finally, the big question: How can one profit from this evolving situation? Playing with currencies is always very risky and, with the global game set to shift to significantly, it would require a lot of analysis and a fair bit of luck. The much more reliable way to play the game is through gold. Gold is the only currency backed by a physical commodity; and it is always where investors hide from a currency storm. The basic conclusion is that a slow demise of the petrodollar system is bullish for gold and very bearish for the US dollar.
foreignexchange  foreignaffairs  2012  barter  economy  Asia  India  Gold  Dollar  USA  Iran  China  currencies  currency-war 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
Austerity vs. Europe - Javier Solana - Project Syndicate
Compared to a new recession, the long-term cost of stimulus policies is insignificant. In many countries, current budget deficits are the result not of reckless government overspending, but of temporary measures to deal with the crisis. With interest rates already low and the private sector deleveraging, there is little risk of expansionary policies causing inflation or crowding out private investment. By contrast, spending reductions could undermine economic activity and increase, not decrease, the public-debt burden.

Public debt, moreover, should not be demonized. It makes financial sense for states to share the cost of public investments, such as infrastructure projects or public services, with future generations, which will also benefit from them. Debt is the mechanism by which we institutionalize intergenerational solidarity. The problem is not debt, but ensuring that it finances productive investment, that it is kept within reasonable limits, and that it can be serviced with lit
global  imbalances  Asia  USA  UK  Europe  policy  folly  politicaleconomy  economic-thought  politics  2012  austerity  malinvestment  efficiency  governance  government  public  debt 
january 2012 by asterisk2a
Bold ambition meets harsh reality as HFT targets Asia - YouTube
Forced from the U.S. and Europe by the threat of new regulations, HFT players are targeting Asia but the region has its own pitfalls.
HFT  algo  trading  Asia  2011 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Gillard's Concern at Aussie's Impact Shows 'Dutch Disease' Risk - Bloomberg
Prime Minister Julia Gillard highlighted risks posed by Australia’s ties to a global commodity boom, with a patchwork economy emerging from export gains accompanied by subdued domestic spending.

The local dollar, spurred by revenue from shipments of coal and iron ore to China, has reached levels unseen since 1982 in recent weeks.
Gillard’s comments reflect a challenge faced by policy makers from Brazil to China, where strengthening exchange rates risk undermining exports unconnected to the climb in global commodity prices. While emerging markets have taken steps to stem currency gains, such as through limits on capital inflows, Australia has refrained from such measures and Gillard said she favors letting the market set the so-called Aussie.
“The domestic economy is probably weaker than expected and that reflects the fine balancing act for policy makers,” “There is a risk of a Dutch disease effect,”
australia  boom  commodities  2011  China  Asia  emergingmarkets  bubble  ZIRP  unintended  consequences 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
Australia's house prices: Iron, coal, bricks and mortar | The Economist
In a recent paper, Patrizia Tumbarello and Shengzu Wang of the  IMF show that a 10% improvement in the terms of trade tends to lift Australian property prices by about 5%. What they don't investigate is whether it raises the ratio of prices to rents. I think it's at least possible that a resource boom affects asset prices, like houses, differently from the price of a service, like rental accommodation. The bright prospects in mining and minerals will attract capital inflows into the resource sector, which might bid up the price of other assets in the economy. And in buying a house, the average Australian might see a way to crystallise the future income he expects will trickle down to him from the commodities boom.
Thanks to the improvement in the terms of trade, the average Australian's expected lifetime wealth has increased. In theory, ....
Australia  boom  2010  2011  commodities  asset  bubble  unintended  consequences  ZIRP  China  Brazil  India  Asia  outlook  globalisation  trade 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
YouTube - Wong Says HSBC Is `Well Short of Talent' in China
"We have to be careful about price  (price bubble) in Asia"
secondary - effects
- as it is considerable risk on the horizon
- not going away !!!

Peter Wong, chief executive officer for the Asia-Pacific region at HSBC Holdings Plc, talks about the bank's financial results and growth strategy. HSBC Holdings, Europe's biggest bank by market value, posted full-year earnings that missed analyst estimates after an "unacceptable" increase in costs, and said it would reduce its profitability target. Wong speaks in Hong Kong with Phillip Yin on Bloomberg Television's "First Up." (Source: Bloomberg)
Asia  inflation  bubble  commodities  food  price  risk  banking  China  India 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
One from the files | afoe | A Fistful of Euros | European Opinion
idea that we are headed for a world of increased official capital flows, with political conditions attached. With Klaus Regling, CEO of the European Financial Stability Facility, telling us just now that he’s been shopping the EFSF fund-raising to sovereign wealth funds and central banks, we could be getting into a world of Asian/petrodollar flows, via Brussels, Washington, and Frankfurt, to the European periphery.
EFSF  Ireland  2010  Spain  petrodollars  Asia  China  Greece  EMU  PIIGS  politics 
november 2010 by asterisk2a
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