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China's Monetary Policy Plans: Effect on Consumers and Investors
The People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, has committed to the “moderately loose” monetary policy that has helped the economy recover from the global economic slump. Over the next two quarters, the central bank will pay attention to the increase in domestic asset prices and inflation expectation by fine-tuning its monetary policy, according to a recent article by Zhang Xiaohui, the director or the PBOC’s monetary policy.
In its quarterly monetary policy report, the PBOC said, "In the period ahead, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) will unswervingly implement the appropriately loose monetary policy while fine-tuning policy with market-oriented tools in line with economic ...Read Full Article
Russia: Oil Production, Price Fluctuations and the Country's Economic Recovery
In 2007, Russia’s real GDP grew approximately 8.1 percent, making it the country’s seventh consecutive year of economic expansion. The country’s economic growth during the 2000-2007 period was primarily driven by energy exports, given the increase in Russian oil production and relatively high world oil prices during the time period.Russia’s ...Read Full Article
Japan's Largest Banks Report Profit
According to the Tokyo-based bank, net income rose from 51.2 billion yen in 2008 to 75.9 billion yen ($797 million) in the second quarter of 2009. The company’s profit was assisted by the increase in lending income and gain in stockholdings after investing $9 billion in Morgan Stanley in October 2008.
Five of the largest banks in Japan announced improved results from the first ...Read Full Article
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Foreign Direct Investment and the Current Account Surplus in China
An important factor in the tremendous growth in Chinese exports, was the country's pursuit of policies encouraging the establishment of foreign-invested factories. In 2004, nearly half of Chinese exports were produced by foreign-invested firms. Initially, China had major political concerns of relinquishing control of Chinese assets to foreigners, due to the socialist character of the economy. Once they recognized that FDI could transfer useful technical and managerial skills, China encouraged it.
In the 1990's, the government introduced rules and policies which paved way for immense FDI capital flow into China. The Chinese government allowed foreign investors to establish wholly foreign-owned enterprises with no knowledge-transfer ...
The Asian Mortgage Conundrum: What Will the Catalyst(s) Be for a True Housing Finance Boom?
Unlike their Western counterparts, the major Asian economies have thus far resisted the complete metamorphosis of their mortgage markets into the classic Anglo-American model. The American system, as highlighted in a recent media blitz, is replete with intermediaries (“brokers” as we know them), non-bank entities (mortgage banks like Countrywide, Indymac, and GMAC), and a vast – albeit rapidly ...Read Full Article
The Impact of Higher Education on China
Because the people in China strongly believe that education ensures not only the future and development of the individual but also the economy and the country as a whole, a good education has always been highly valued in China. Passed down from ancient times, the great master Confucius once boldly stated, “It is a pleasure to learn something and to try it out at ...Read Full Article