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American Banker (June 21)

2022/ 06/ 23 by jd in Global News

“The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. plans to hike deposit insurance assessment rates next year — a move that would increase costs for banks as they continue to see high deposit growth more than a year after the last round of pandemic stimulus.” On Tuesday, “the FDIC voted to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking that would raise deposit insurance assessment rates by 2 basis points for all insured depository institutions.”


Bloomberg (June 21)

2022/ 06/ 22 by jd in Global News

“The Development Bank Of Japan, which has supported companies with funding during the pandemic, is gearing up to boost sustainable financing.” With over $40 billion earmarked for sustainable purposes, the Bank will take pains to “scrutinize the use of funds to ensure companies aren’t greenwashing.”


The Guardian (June 9)

2022/ 06/ 11 by jd in Global News

The pandemic supply chain disruptions are “still rumbling on thanks to China’s drastic zero-Covid strategy.” This is prompting “a major rethink of how companies should organise themselves. Amid the buzzwords such as ‘reshoring’ and ‘diversification’ is the basic need to make western economies less reliant on China and other far-off manufacturing centres.”


New York Times (May 11)

2022/ 05/ 13 by jd in Global News

The weak yen, coupled with soaring food and energy costs, “are posing yet another challenge for the world’s third-largest economy as Japan trails other major nations in emerging from the economic blow of the pandemic. The rise in prices has spooked Japanese consumers used to decades of stability, and the weak yen is starting to look as if it will depress demand at home more than stimulate it abroad.”


The Guardian (March 30)

2022/ 04/ 01 by jd in Global News

“The pandemic has changed, but the idea that it is over is false.” Last week, the UK had an estimated 4.26 million cases and hospital “admissions with Covid are only 2% below the first Omicron peak two months ago and still rising.” Nor is Covid endemic. Eventually, it probably will be, but endemic “does not necessarily mean mild,” as TB, Malaria and other endemic diseases illustrate. “Trying to ignore a disease that is still so unpredictable feels a bit like turning your back on a hungry tiger in the undergrowth.”


Investment Week (March 28)

2022/ 03/ 30 by jd in Global News

Global dealmaking has dropped “to its lowest level since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic…. Just over $1trn of deals were struck in the first quarter of 2022, nearly a quarter less than the same period last year.” Primary factors behind slowing M&A activity appear to be “tougher regulations on both sides of the Atlantic, soaring inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”


Bloomberg (March 27)

2022/ 03/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Prices for some of the world’s most pivotal products – foods, fuels, plastics, metals – are spiking beyond what many buyers can afford. That’s forcing consumers to cut back and, if the trend grows, may tip economies already buffeted by pandemic and war back into recession.”


New York Times (March 18)

2022/ 03/ 19 by jd in Global News

Financial markets took the Fed’s higher rates in stride. “The stock market rose, bond yields wavered and commodity prices moderated. But whether the economy can withstand rising rates during a period of geopolitical turmoil and a lingering pandemic is a question without an immediate answer.”


Financial Times (March 7)

2022/ 03/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Bond markets are flashing a warning signal about the growth prospects for the global economy, just as central bankers prepare to tackle soaring inflation with higher interest rates. The gap between long-term and short-term government borrowing rates in big developed economies has narrowed drastically since mid-October.” This flattening of the yield curve might prove “an ominous sign for the durability of the rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic.”


WARC (February 8)

2022/ 02/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Despite the difficulty of putting on the games with a pandemic still raging and freezing conditions even by the standard of snow sports, success in the Winter Olympics is putting Chinese designed technology front and centre.” This provides an excellent stage to advance the country’s “Made in China 2025” strategic plan that is “designed to move the Chinese economy away from being a low-wage factory to the world and toward high tech, advanced design and manufacturing.”


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