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Reuters (February 1)

2019/ 02/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Socialist President Nicolas Maduro is under intense pressure to step down, with Venezuela in deep economic crisis and the government facing widespread international condemnation for elections last year seen as fraudulent.” It appears he is making plans “to sell 29 tonnes of gold held in Caracas to the United Arab Emirates by February in order to provide liquidity for imports of basic goods.”


Institutional Investor (October 2)

2016/ 10/ 03 by jd in Global News

The Securities Exchange Commission is conducting a pilot program to determine whether a wider tick range will help drive liquidity and research, while reducing volatility. “Proponents believe a wider spread–$0.05, instead of the current $0.01 on exchanges—will lead to more displayed liquidity and thus an easier trading regime.” Over the next two years, 400 stocks will trade at the widened tick, while 1,200 stocks will serve as a control and two other groups of 400 stocks will test the effects of other variations.


Wall Street Journal (August 28)

2015/ 08/ 29 by jd in Global News

“The turmoil in world markets may push back the date the Federal Reserve raises interest rates…. One consequence even in anticipation of the Fed’s move is that investors in emerging markets risk getting caught in a rip tide of liquidity heading back to the U.S.”


Wall Street Journal (August 23)

2015/ 08/ 25 by jd in Global News

“The People’s Bank of China is preparing to flood the banking system with liquidity to boost lending,” most likely by reducing the reserve-requirement ratio by half a percentage point. The planned move “signals that the Chinese central bank’s exchange-rate maneuvering in the past two weeks is backfiring, forcing it to again resort to the reserve-requirement reduction, the same easing measure that so far has failed to help spur economic activity.”



Real Estate Investment Today (April Issue)

2014/ 05/ 01 by jd in Global News

“REITs contribute to more resilient real estate markets and a more resilient financial system.” Sub-prime mortgages contributed to the residential property collapse, but REITs helped stabilize the commercial market. A recent study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the Bank for International Settlements found that REITs provide markets with much needed transparency and liquidity. It’s “clear that REITs provide real benefits for the broader commercial real estate industry, for investors and for our nation’s economy.”


Institutional Investor (April 24)

2014/ 04/ 26 by jd in Global News

To strengthen their balance sheets, large banks (including Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Barclays) have been reducing their commodities businesses, mainly through sales to independent trading companies. With these sales “to smaller players, conflicts of interest remain a potential problem” and nobody’s sure whether new problems will accompany this major shift. Given the skinnier balance sheets of the new players, market liquidity could conceivably suffer. In addition, “concerns abound that the underlying problems that have traditionally beset the commodities markets are simply being pushed onto a new and less tightly regulated set of actors.”


Global Investor (February Issue)

2014/ 02/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Initial public offerings (IPOs) in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region are gathering momentum, with a burgeoning pipeline of deals and renewed optimism of further supply stretching into the future.” Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul Exchange is predicted to be the region’s most active, followed by the Dubai Financial Market, Qatar Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Exchange. “However, some of these companies could look to the London Stock Exchange due to its wider access to international investors. The dearth of liquidity in regional compared with global exchanges remains a challenge for local IPOs.”


Euromoney (July Issue)

2013/ 08/ 01 by jd in Global News

Suntory Beverage “successfully completed an almost $4 billion IPO, Asia’s largest this year” by listing on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. “Encouragingly for the wider market, Suntory’s story is not unique. In Japan, the opening–day share prices for more that 20 recent IPOs have exceeded their pre-market fixed prices as retail investors pile into companies in the firm belief that Japan’s growth path is assured. In fact, with the much-reported liquidity problems in China, Japan is emerging as something of a bright spot in Asia at exactly the right time.”


Economist (May 26)

2012/ 05/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Despite a recent slowdown, the world’s second-biggest economy is more resilient than its critics think.” China is not dependent on foreign borrowing, enjoys a high saving rate (51% of GDP), has highly liquid banks, and very low central government debt (25% of GDP). “China plainly has enough fiscal space to recapitalise any bank threatened with insolvency. That space also gives the government room to stimulate growth again, should exports to Europe fall off a cliff.”