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The PBoC Awakens

The People's Bank of China (PBoC) eased monetary policy unexpectedly on Friday, November 21, lowering its benchmark one-year lending rate by 40bps to 5.60% and the deposit rate by 25bps to 2.75%,...

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Japan: Abe's Election Gamble

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to call an early general election for December 14, 2014 is aimed at renewing his mandate to pursue his 'Abenomics' programme, while taking advantage of...

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A New Cold War?

The Russia-Ukraine conflict this year and the celebrations over the weekend marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall have rekindled memories of the Cold War. Many are asking...

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Bank Of Japan: Trick Or Treat?

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) surprised at its meeting on Friday, October 31, by expanding its asset purchase programme considerably. It will raise its purchases of Japanese government bonds (JGBs) to an...

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What's Really Going On In North Korea?

Several developments of late suggest that something unusual is taking place in North Korea, but as yet, there is no firm evidence of a coup. Firstly, the country's supreme leader Kim Jong Un has not...

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Global Risks Coming To A Head In 2017

Although it is still more than two years away, it seems clear to us that 2017 will be a politically important year, due to the busy schedule of events in key countries. United States' Next President...

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