Balance of power in the Global Gold Industry moves East as Dubai plans $60 million refinery, spot contract .
In the desert on the outskirts of Dubai, one of the world’s biggest gold refineries is under construction. When completed next year, it will help to alter the balance of power in the global gold industry. Growth in demand for the precious metal is shifting east, to Asia’s fast-growing economies. But key industry activities such […]
If you can’t beat them, outspend them. That seems to be the thinking behind a huge new infrastructure investment fund being promoted by China as an alternative to established international lending agencies. It’s a terrible rationale for starting a bank – and a good reason to reform the current international system, which remains dominated by […]
Ukraine crisis: IMF approves $17B US bailout amid risks The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $17.1bn (£10.1bn) bailout for Ukraine to help the country’s beleaguered economy. The loan comes amid heightened military and political tension between Ukraine and neighbouring Russia. The loan is dependent on strict economic reforms, including raising taxes and energy […]
China is set to overtake U.S. as biggest economy using PPP measure. However, the Chinese government has taken unusual step of denying it is world’s No. 1 trader The Chinese leadership has rejected the status of the planet’s biggest trader, despite surpassing America in total imports and exports by a margin of US$44 billion. Beijing […]
Bill Gross and Larry Fink manage a $3 trillion pile of bonds — an amount almost as big as Germany’s economy. Their firms, Pacific Investment Management Co. andBlackRock Inc. (BLK), doubled holdings since 2008, outpacing the market’s growth of 50 percent. Some of the largest hedge-fund firms, including Bridgewater Associates LP and BlueCrest Capital Management LLP, have also […]
The Nasdaq suffered its biggest drop in two-and-a-half years on Thursday after another sharp selloff in biotech and momentum names, including Gilead Sciences (GILD.O) and TripAdvisor (TRIP.O), increasing investor anxiety about a broader pullback. The Nasdaq biotechnology index .NBI shed 5.6 percent, its biggest one-day drop since August 2011, adding to recent losses since a large drop […]
Japan saw its first national consumption tax hike since 1997, with the rate rising from 5 percent to 8 percent. For more than a decade, Japan’s relatively low consumer taxes have been seen as a likely target for raising rates to increase tax revenue and begin dealing with Japan’s high levels of national debt. But […]