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Russia starts dumping US treasuries, China follows suit

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Back in December, Socgen spread a rumor that Russia has begun selling its gold. Subsequent IMF data showed that not only was this not correct, Russia in fact added to its gold holdings. But there was one thing it was selling: some $22 billion in US Treasuries, a record 20% of its total holdings, bringing ...

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China and Russia launching new credit rating agency in 2015

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The new Universal Credit Rating Group (UCRG) is being set up to rival the existing agencies Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, and its first rating will be issued this year. The setting up of UCRG is in its final stages, ready to challenge the ‘Big Three’ that currently dominate the industry, ...

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China becomes world’s second largest stock market, overtaking Japan

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The capitalization of the Chinese stock market increased 33 percent in 2014 reaching $4.48 trillion, which makes the market second only to the US. Japan’s stock market declined 3.2 percent to $4.46 trillion in 2013, according to Bloomberg analysts. The Chinese market surge came hot on the heels of allowing ...

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China opens up $4.2 trillion stock market

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The Chinese mainland is now open for business, at least in terms of its $4.2 trillion capital market. The Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges are now linked giving foreign investors access to the tightly-controlled Chinese capital markets. Stock Connect debuted on November 17, and for the first time, stocks ...

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China hoarding gold to challenge the US dollar

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In a world filled with fiat currencies, how important is gold‘s role in the financial system? Proponents often view the precious metal as a hedge against economic chaos, while critics typically claim gold is hardly more than an unproductive rock. Interestingly, some countries appear to believe gold is quite important, ...

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US trade deficit with China hits record high

China imports

Americans bought record amounts of goods from China in September, pushing the trade gap between the world’s largest economies to a historic high, according to U.S. Commerce Department data published Tuesday. September imports from the Asian giant hit $44.9 billion, up nearly 13% on the month, as the U.S. economy gained steam. The import and ...

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China passes law to protect whistleblowers who expose corruption

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Chinese authorities have said, for the first time, that whistleblowers will receive legal protection amid the country’s ongoing fight against corruption. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the country’s top prosecuting body, said in a Tuesday statement that new regulations outline legal rights for those exposing corruption and other malpractice. It urged ...

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China, 20 others launch World Bank rival in Asia

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China has launched the $100 billion Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Australia, Indonesia and South Korea were absent following hidden pressure from Washington concerned about the new challenge to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. The memorandum of understanding was signed on Friday in Beijing. The development bank was ...

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China wants to strengthen military ties with Iran

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China wants to strengthen its military ties with Iran, the nation’s Defense Minister said today, confirming Beijing’s commitment to expand diplomatic and political connections with Tehran despite concerns over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The Defense Minister of the People’s Republic of China Chang Wanquan said that the two nations’ ...

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China’s central bank to inject $81b stimulus into top 5 banks

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China‘s central bank is injecting 500 billion yuan ($81 billion) into the country’s five major state-owned banks as it moves to counter slower-than-expected growth in the world’s No. 2 economy, according to a senior Chinese banking executive. The move contributed to a rise in Asian markets early Wednesday, but falls ...

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