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India's latest FDI measures run into trouble- Part 2

In December 2011 the Indian government did away with the 51% cap on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into single-brand retail chains. From that moment foreign based specialist chains such as IKEA had the right to launch in India, provided they source 30% of their stock from Indian companies. That move did not prove particularly controversial […]

Senkakus/Diaoyu islands dispute turns ugly, hitting Toyota where it hurts

Anti-Japanese sentiment in China, whipped up by a dispute over the ownership of an obsure group of islands in the East China Sea, has been welling up in recent weeks. The economic fallout looks like it could be serious, with Japanese manufacturers with operations in the People’s Republic among the biggest victims. Some are even […]

Looking on the bright side of the emerging market slowdown

The slowing of economic growth in emerging economies, especially China, and the increased vulnerability in Latin America, are a mixed blessing for the global economy, according to Stephen Cecchetti, economic adviser to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Speaking as the latest BIS Quarterly Review was published earlier this month, Cecchetti said: “This could be […]

Looking on the bright side of the emerging market slowdown

By Ian Fraser from QFinance.

The slowing of economic growth in emerging economies, especially China, and the increased vulnerability in Latin America, are a mixed blessing for the global economy , according to Stephen Cecchetti, economic adviser to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). 

The HFT challenge to global equity markets

Two excellent recent commentaries on the High Frequency Trading (HFT) dilemma have shed new light on the problem that is perplexing securities regulators around the world. The fear is that ever faster algorithms and more powerful computers not only will distort, but are already distorting global equity markets. Larry Tabb, found and CEO of the […]

Hong Kong holds aces as London tries to become offshore RMB trading hub

China is already the world’s second largest economy but its currency, the renminbi, is barely traded internationally. Unlike reserve currencies such as the US dollar, and despite China’s emerging position as a global economic powerhouse, the Chinese currency is hardly used in international trade and scarcely held by foreigners. This is gradually changing but the […]

Hong Kong holds aces as London tries to become offshore RMB trading hub

By Ian Fraser.

China is already the world's second largest economy but its currency, the renminbi, is barely traded internationally. Unlike reserve currencies such as the US dollar, and despite China's emerging position as a global economic powerhouse, the Chinese currency is hardly used in international trade and scarcely held by foreigners. 

Delayed EU Parliament vote on MiFID II reinforces House of Lords Report on “fundamental flaws”

The UK’s upper house, the House of Lords, may not consider itself to be, in any sense, in the pocket of the City of London, but there are many in its ranks who have family, business, or friendship ties to the City. So one would not expect their Lordships to react particularly warmly to moves […]

OTC derivatives prove hard to tame

On the 10th September 2010 the EU tabled a proposal aimed at making the derivatives markets in Europe “safer and more transparent”. This was the beginnings of EMIR, the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation. There is universal agreement that transparency and bi-lateral derivatives trading do not go hand in hand. If company A strikes an agreement […]