Japan has turned its culture into a powerful political tool
Much has been made of Japans recent turn away from pacifism and growing military muscle, but Tokyo is also extending its global reach in more subtle ways. Japan is especially serious about increasing its soft power, the...
Singapore industrial output delivers solid performance in March driven by gains in electronics
Industrial output in Singapore delivered a solid performance during the month of March, as electronics continued to remain in the driving seat.
Headline industrial output for the month expanded by 10.2 percent y/y. This...
Fundamental Evaluation Series
Moody's: Higher prices, improved market environment drive outlook change to stable for European steel sector
Research & Analysis
Recovering steel prices and improved industrial output expected in the European Union are expected to boost producers profits over the next 12 months prompting a change in the outlook for the European steel sector to...
Central Banking Series
BOJ monetary policy: Assessing future bias
At todays meeting, policymakers at the Bank of Japan (BoJ) kept the policy unchanged, and the benchmark interest rate at -0.1 percent.
Lets look at the current monetary policies,
Bank of Japan had already shifted...
Most Asian markets in red, gold stabilizes below $1,270
All the major Asian indices were trading on a lower note on Thursday. Gold was trading around $1,266 mark while silver was trading around $17.46 mark.
Japans Nikkei was trading around 0.15 percent lower at 19,260...
Australian bonds jump on safe-haven demand; investors eye RBA Governor Lowe’s speech
The Australian government bonds jumped Thursday as investors poured into safe-haven assets post the unveiling of the United States tax reform by President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Also, investors are eyeing the Reserve...
South Korea’s real GDP grows above forecast in Q1 2017
The South Korean economic growth accelerated in the first quarter of 2017, the advanced estimate of the Bank of Korea showed. The preliminary data for the first quarter indicated that the real GDP grew 0.9 percent on a...
Central Banking Series
PBoC likely to tighten monetary conditions slightly in 2017, inflation to reach 2.2 pct
The Peoples Bank of China has committed to keep a prudent monetary policy stance this year, continuing to fine-tune monetary conditions with targeted policy measures. Deleveraging continues to be a main priority for Chinas...
South African producer price index falls year-on-year in March
South Africas producer price index for the month of March dropped to 5.2 percent year-on-year from Februarys 5.6 percent. On a sequential basis, the PPI for final manufactured goods rose 0.3 percent, as compared with the...
Manufacturing sector likely to drive Singapore’s economic growth this year
The Singaporean manufacturing sector is expected to mainly drive the economic growth in 2017, according to an OCBC research report. The countrys manufacturing output rose sharply in March by 10.2 percent year-on-year and 5...
Expectations for China’s economy rise for third straight month – ZEW
The current survey for April showed that the Chinese economic outlook has improved by 2.3 points, stated ZEW. The CEP indicator at present is at 17.7 points. This indicator has risen for the third consecutive month. The...
CBT hikes late liquidity window by 50 bps, keeps key interest rate on hold
The Central Bank of Turkey surprisingly raised its late liquidity window lending rate today by 50 basis points to 12.25 percent. Almost all of this will feed through to the average interest rate that banks pay for central...
API reports deficit while the market awaits EIA report
WTI recovered from the slump of $47 per barrel, as it found support in the recent rise in geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. Earlier this month, the US President Donald Trump launched missile strikes on Syria in...
US under Trump Series
US under Trump Series: Lumber crash between Trudeau and Trump
The relations between the two biggest neighbors in North America deteriorated after the Trump administration in the United States decided to impose countervailing duties ranging from 3-24 percent on five Canadian lumber...
French Election: Mélenchon to quiz supporters’ voting intentions before advising
In last Sundays French election, among 11 candidates, only five were able to receive 5 percent of the votes, a benchmark required to get the campaign fully reimbursed. The top two, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen got...
Fitch: Kazakhstan Starts to Get to Grips With Troubled Banks
Research & Analysis
The health of the troubled Kazakh banking sector should start to improve as the authorities push ahead with initiatives to address weak asset quality while the economy recovers following a modest increase in oil prices,...
Verizon Launches Cheap Gigabit Internet Service At $70/Month
A few months ago, Verizon tried to trump its competition by boosting its top internet speeds from 500Mbps to 750Mpbs. Apparently, this wasnt enough as the company just announced that it would be offering 1Gbps speeds....
Digital Currency Revolution
Cryptocurrencies unlikely to crowd out fiat currency entirely: Bank of Korea paper
The Bank of Korea (BoK) has published a new working paper which analyses a dual currency regime with fiat currency and digital currency.
Titled, Crowding out in a Dual Currency Regime? Digital versus Fiat Currency, the...
Digital Currency Revolution
Central bank digital currency could substantially impact traditional concept of banknotes, says BoJ Deputy Governor
Central bank digital currency (CBDC) could have a substantial impact on the traditional concept of banknotes, Hiroshi Nakaso, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan, said recently.
Speaking at the Forum Towards Making...
Spotify Could Be Offering Headphones, Smartwatches, And Wearables, Job Postings Suggest
As one of the most popular and controversial applications in the music business, Spotify holds a place in the hearts and smartphones of millions. This puts it in a very good position to expand in other areas. According to...
Microsoft Just Made Salesforce’s Worst Nightmare Come True With LinkedIn CRM Move
Back when Microsoft was in the process of acquiring LinkedIn, Salesforce did everything it possibly could to make sure that it wouldnt go through. Despite its efforts, which included siccing the EU Commission on the...
Genetic surveillance and why it's critical in the fight against antimalarial drug resistance
By Magatte Ndiaye Et Al -
Insights & Views
Efforts to tackle malaria infections over the past decades have yielded impressive results across the tropics, so much so that full elimination is now a public health priority for many malaria endemic...
Flying Cars Now Available For Pre-Order, Starts At $1.3M
AeroMobil is the first company to put an actual flying car into the mass consumer market, though, this is already a stretch due to the exorbitant prices of the products. In any case, anyone interested in owning their own...
Glass Industry Is In Trouble, 3D-Printed Crystals Now Possible
For centuries, the glass industry has had no competition. It offered pristine options that affected everything from containers to furniture, to decors. Then plastic came along and stole some of its thunder, but it still...
Musk’s Plans For Merging Man And Machine Finally Revealed In Detail
For weeks, the tech world has been going wild in speculation with regards to the news that Elon Musk is planning to implant computer chips in the brains of people in order to make them as smart as artificial intelligence....
Amazon Wants To Deliver Via Hyperloop And Build Warehouses Underwater
Theres no doubt that Amazon has had a huge impact on revolutionizing the retail market all around the world, but its future plans have the potentially to completely change the game. For one thing, it plans to partner with...
German Universal Basic Income Startup Gives $1,063 A Month To Children Too
Universal Basic Income (UBI) is gaining a lot of steam in many areas around the world due to its simple premise of guaranteeing a basic minimum income that is equal throughout the social spectrum. One startup in Germany...
Apple Promises To Be More Eco-Friendly Using Recycled Materials
With the majority of the world slowly moving towards a more environmentally conscious mindset, it was inevitable that Apple would try to cater to this sentiment in some way. On top of gradually adopting solar power for its...
Hypnosis may still be veiled in mystery – but we are starting to uncover its scientific basis
By Steven Jay Lynn Et Al -
Insights & Views
Some argue that hypnosis is just a trick. Others, however, see it as bordering on the paranormal mysteriously transforming people into mindless robots. Now our recent review of a number of research studies on the topic...
Electroconvulsive therapy does work – and it can be miraculous
By George Kirov -
The use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to treat psychiatric disorders is on the rise in England, according to a new report in The Guardian. There was an 11% rise in the number of procedures performed on the NHS between...