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Retail investors buy up Bank of Japan shares - 03/02/2021

After GameStop and Nokia, retail investors chose a new, not the most obvious, target: they bought up shares in the Japanese central bank, giving it its biggest rise in 16 years. The Bank of Japan is one of the few publicly traded central banks, but its securities offer little advantage to holders, Bloomberg notes. Retail investors appear to have chosen a new target after "run-up" stocks of gaming...

UK government to invest up to £375M in tech start-ups - 03/01/2021

The UK government intends to create a fund money from which will be used to buy up stakes in promising technology start-ups in the country. The £375 million fund will be part of the UK budget that will be presented on Wednesday, March 3, reports the Financial Times, citing its own sources. The money from the fund will be allocated to buy shares in those start-ups whose developments can help the...

OECD countries attract record levels of borrowing - 02/26/2021

Against the backdrop of sharply widening budget deficits, governments in the OECD's advanced economies attracted a record $18 trillion in borrowing in the "covid" year. This is an increase of $6.8 trillion from a year earlier, according to the OECD. This amount is equivalent to 29% of total GDP of these countries (a year earlier - 17%). On average, in recent years, OECD countries have borrowed...

High-tech becomes the most popular investment again - 02/24/2021

High-tech stocks have become the most popular investment destination after a month's hiatus. In four weeks, international investors poured almost $20bn in funds focused on this segment of the stock market. According to a report by Bank of America (incorporating data from Emerging Portfolio Fund Research), international investors invested $5.1 billion in funds related to high-tech stocks during...

China to tighten online lending rules - 02/22/2021

China has unveiled new online lending rules that are tightening conditions for fintech companies. The changes will affect Jack Ma's Ant Group business and seriously affect the company's market valuation, experts say. The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission has announced new rules for the online lending market. From 2022, Chinese online platforms that partner with banks to lend to...

WSJ: Saudi Arabia to raise oil output from April - 02/19/2021

Saudi Arabia plans to increase oil production in the coming months as oil prices are rising, writes The Wall Street Journal, citing sources. In early January, Saudi Arabia announced a decision to cut oil production in February and March by 1 million barrels per day. According to the WSJ, it is set to announce the changes at the next OPEC + meeting in March. At the same time, it is not about a...

Hong Kong stock exchange quadruples London's trading volume - 02/18/2021

According to the FT calculations, since the beginning of the year the average daily turnover of shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) was about $25 billion, four times that of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) over the same period. Analysts explain it with the fact that trading volume in Hong Kong increased markedly at the start of the year due to the ongoing recovery of business activity...

JPMorgan Barometer shows maximum complacency of investors in 20 years - 02/17/2021

"The JPMorgan Barometer", which assesses stock market dynamics, showed the highest level of investor carelessness since the dot-com crash. As long as investors are driven by greed rather than fear, the bank's strategists do not expect a significant pullback in the rally. JPMorgan's investor complacency index, which is based on valuations, position sizes and stock market price momentum, is near...

Nikkei 225 breaks through 30,000 points for the first time since 1990 - 02/16/2021

The Tokyo Stock Exchange Nikkei 225 index, which reflects the dynamics of stock prices of Japan's leading companies, climbed above 30,000 points for the first time in more than 30 years. The exchange index TOPIX, which is calculated as weighted average capitalization of 538 Japanese companies, reached 1943.12 points (+0.48%). The largest company outside the banking sector in 1990 was an energy...

PwC: Global freelance services market to double by 2025 - 02/16/2021

The global freelancing market will nearly double to $13.8 trillion by 2025, according to a PwC report. This forecast is based on both the company's own data and information collected by various organizations. Currently, the global market is worth $6.54 trillion, of which the majority ($3.76 trillion) accounts for freelancers, $1.13 trillion -  for seasonal workers and $ 705 billion – for...
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