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What does inclusion of Chinese companies in the MSCI index mean? - 06/23/2017

MSCI, one of the world's largest suppliers of indices, will decide whether to include mainland China's shares in the list. The lists of shares included in the indices forms a basis for the world's largest exchange-traded funds, including iShares MSCI Emerging Market ETF and MSCI ACWI Index ETF. In total, indices are taken into account in products for active and passive investing, in which assets...

The US auto industry is waiting for a collapse: did Trump lose? - 06/23/2017

Wall Street worries that the US automotive industry is heading towards a recession, reports Reuters on June 22. The hard times for thousands of workers at General Motors plants in the United States have already come. As early as the beginning of the year, on January 20, when GM abolished the third shift at its plant in Lordstown, 1,200 workers lost their jobs, and the cuts will continue. The...

Why are central banks clinging to super soft economic stimulus packages? - 06/20/2017

Another change in investment expectations occurred in the global economy. At the beginning of the year it was believed that the turning point in monetary policy was near - instead of super-soft it would become tough. Expectations did not materialize, primarily because of a slowdown in inflation. From the point of view of investment expectations in the global economy, the current situation looks...

Brussels vs. London: What will happen to the Euro clearing market - 06/16/2017

Negotiations on Brexit are yet to be started, and Brussels is already preparing to live in a new reality, in which the City of London will be outside the EU. On Tuesday, the European Commission described its plans for the London Eurobond clearing market, which causes envy on the continent. Brussels wants to give EU regulators the authority to check foreign clearing houses. Those of them whose...

Bundesbank: digital currencies are dangerous to banks - 06/15/2017

Head of the Central Bank of Germany Jens Weidmann said that widespread of digital currencies poses a threat to the banking system, and the authorities need to think how to "reduce citizens' interest in digital currencies". In his speech at Frontiers in Central Banking - Past, Present and Future forum in Frankfurt am Main, President of the Bundesbank told that new technologies may harm the banking...

Real estate sales in China keep growing - 06/14/2017

Housing sales in China increased in May compared with the previous month, despite the recent introduction of stringent restrictive measures. In May, housing sales increased by 12.6% in monetary terms compared to the same period of the previous year, The Wall Street Journal reports basing on data published on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics. In January-May, housing sales increased...

BP: Oil is still the most popular energy source - 06/14/2017

The world energy market is undergoing changes, said CEO of BP Robert Dudley during presentation of BP’s 66th edition of a statistical review of the world energy sector. "World energy markets are undergoing change. Long-term trends that can be traced in the presented data indicate changes in the structure of supply and demand as the world solves the problem of supply the necessary energy resources...

PwC: Media market should focus on interaction with users - 06/13/2017

The international consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has released another "Global entertainment and media outlook 2017-2021". The researchers believe that the industry’s participants, many of which have focused on issues of content, distribution and digitization until now, now should get used to the new reality and focus on interaction with their users and content consumers. PwC’s...

The US Republican Party: The Dodd–Frank act is harmful - 06/09/2017

The House of Representatives of the US Congress passed a bill to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act, voting on the party line to ease regulation, which, according to most Republicans, harms lending and small banks. The bill was passed by the Chamber with 233 votes "for" and 186 votes "against", one Republican voted against this measure. The document, called the Financial Choice Act, presents banks with...

China's exports and imports rise above expectations - 06/08/2017

China reported stronger-than-expected exports and imports in May, despite a fall in commodity prices. Overall, this means that the PRC economy is performing better than expected, despite rising lending rates and slump in the real estate market. Investors’ concerns over China became apparent after Moody's Investors Service downgraded the country’s credit rating last month, saying it expects that...
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