LATEST NEWS : MegaFon Shifts Cash to Hong Kong Dollars on Sanction Risk

OAO MegaFon (MFON), billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s wireless operator, said it has been shifting cash holdings into Hong Kong dollars, a move people say metals producer OAO GMKNorilsk Nickel (GMKN) is also undertaking, as the U.S. and Europe ratchet up sanctions against Russia. MegaFon decided to keep about 40 percent of its cash in Hong Kong dollars given the global […]

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LATEST NEWS : Ethiopia Becomes China’s China in Global Search for Cheap Labor

Ethiopian workers strolling through the parking lot of Huajian Shoes’ factory outside Addis Ababa last month chose the wrong day to leave their shirts untucked. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : They're Dying at Their Desks in China as Epidemic of Stress Proves Fatal

Chinese banking regulator Li Jianhua literally worked himself to death. After 26 years of “always putting the cause of the party and the people” first, his employersaid this month, the 48-year-old official died rushing to finish a report before the sun came up. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Gold’s Flow East Seen for 20 Years as Incomes Increase Demand

The global flow of gold from west to east that helped to make China the world’s largest user will probably last for up to two decades as rising incomes spur demand, according to the China Gold Association. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Singapore to launch gold contract as Asia eyes price alternatives

SINGAPORE, June 24 (Reuters) – Singapore is set to announce the launch of a gold futurescontract on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the matter said, joining a race in Asia to provide a viable alternative to the metal’s global benchmark which is under regulatory scrutiny. The physically settled contract will trade on the Singapore Exchange. This […]

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LATEST NEWS : Xi Says China Must Adapt to ‘New Normal’ of Slower Growth

Chinese President Xi Jinping said the nation needs to adapt to a “new normal” in the pace of economic growth and remain “cool-minded” amid a slowdown that analysts forecast will lead to the weakest expansion since 1990. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Europe Deflation Risk Seen by 74% in Global Investor Poll

Financial professionals are optimistic about the global economy, just not as fervent about it as they were at the start of the year. That’s the message from the latest Bloomberg Markets Global Investor Poll, which shows concern about risks ranging from the turmoil in Ukraine to the threat of deflation in Europe. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Russia can switch to payments with India, China in national currencies crushing dollar amid sanctions – experts

Experts believe that the wish of the West to restrict Moscow’s cooperation with Brussels and Washington will play into the hands of the Russian economy. Wisdom and presence of mind are two components that will guarantee success for a new spiral of Russia’s cooperation with eastern countries. Also, this will allow us to counter-balance the […]

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LATEST NEWS : China’s Income Inequality Surpasses U.S., Posing Risk for Xi

The income gap between the rich and poor in China has surpassed that of the U.S. and is among the widest in the world, a report showed, adding to the challenges for President Xi Jinping as growth slows. A common measure of income inequality almost doubled in China between 1980 and 2010 and now points to a “severe” disparity, […]

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Barclays, Deutsche Bank Accused of Gold Fix Manipulation

Barclays Plc (BARC), Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) and three other banks were accused in a lawsuit of manipulating the London gold fix, a benchmark used throughout the $20 trillion market for the metal. Kevin Maher, a New York resident who says he bought and sold gold and gold futures and options, sued yesterday in Manhattan federal court claiming the five banks […]

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