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Tiffany & Co. is planning to open more stores in mainland China as the weak yuan drives Chinese consumers away from spending overseas and they shift their luxury buying back home.Currency fluctuations have had "an influence on the intention of Chinese to buy abroad," CEO Alessandro Bogliogo said in an interview in Shanghai on Thursday.
China and the United States are expected to reach an interim trade deal in Washington next month, with Beijing agreeing to buy more American farm products and the Trump administration postponing further tariff increases and easing restrictions on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, a researcher affiliated with the Chinese government said.A Chinese delegation led by vice finance minister Liao Min left Beijing for Washington on Tuesday to set out China’s agenda for the high-level talks...
It is just over 50 years since Woodstock. The guys who organised it admitted they didn’t know what they were doing when they asked a hippie commune, Hog Farm, led by a man named Wavy Gravy (true) to provide security for half a million drug-, booze-, sex-, and rock-and-roll-filled concertgoers. Security went without a hitch – they called themselves the “Please Force”. While not suggesting that the Hong Kong Police Force should employ the same methods, they have not said “please” enough. The…
Nearly two-thirds of private equity and venture capital executives in Asia expect to receive salary increases in the next 12 months despite potential "rougher seas" in the industry because of the US-China trade war and a slowing global economy, according to a new survey by Heidrick & Struggles.Only 1 per cent of those surveyed in the region expect to see pay cuts in the coming year, according to the executive search and consulting firm.Hiring also remains robust by private equity and venture...
Good day traders --. Well, we'll see whether the Fed's interest cut stirs any investor passions since it's been baked in the cake. “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks,” Chairman Jerome Powell said, but left door open to more cuts if needed. We'll be watching Kweichow Moutai (600519 CH) after its 5 per cent jump Wednesday. Blog readers will remember the prediction in Wednesday's blog by…
Financial assets held by Chinese households dropped last year for the first time since the turn of the century, as a result of the US-China trade war and a slowing economy, German financial services company Allianz said in a report on Wednesday.Mainland China last year dropped three places to 34th in a global ranking of the richest countries by financial assets per capita compiled by Allianz.
Hong Kong’s monetary authority cut its base lending rate for the second time this year in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve’s widely expected move overnight, reducing the cost of money just as a slowing local economy teeters on the brink of a technical recession.The city’s de facto central bank reduced the base lending rate by 25 basis points to 2.25 per cent effective immediately, matching a similar cut by the US Fed.Commercial banks in the city are likely to keep their prime rate unchanged...
Spiralling pork prices, caused by the African swine fever epidemic ravaging China’s pig herds, has created a crisis that could spur demand for plant-based meat products in the world’s second largest economy.With no known vaccine for the swine disease and a plunge in pork supply, purveyors of the growing plant-based protein meat trend have an opening to convince the mainland’s consumers that their products can be used for a range of popular dishes."
Today’s iPhone has 100,000 times the processing power of the Apollo computer that landed humankind on the moon fifty years ago while costing a tiny fraction of the Nasa machine. This is down to Moore’s Law, the observation by one of the founders of Intel, a chip maker, that computing power doubles every two years.That this correlation has held for five decades helps to explain China’s position on the proverbial hamster wheel – never quite catching up in semiconductor technology. As a relative…
Brokerage CLSA has renewed its office lease at Hong Kong conglomerate Swire Properties’ flagship property. The Financial Times reported on Wednesday the firm had been under pressure to quit the premises by its mainland Chinese state-owned parent, Citic Securities.Swire Properties’ parent, Swire Group, which owns Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific, has drawn Beijing’s ire after the airline’s staff took part in the protests that have rocked the city since June.Rick Gould, CLSA’s chief executive, in…
Blaming a weakening global economy, FedEx sharply slashed its profit outlook in the latest sign that trade tensions are dragging down US corporate titans.The forecast sent the courier’s shares tumbling and signalled deepening trouble for FedEx as the US and China battle over tariffs – a stand-off that has also ensnared manufacturing giants such as Caterpillar and Deere.
While most of the financial world stares at the US Treasury curve with a mix of discomfort and confusion, those investors who are taking a view mostly line up around three forecasts for 10-year yields. These predictions may be carefully modelled and explicit, or they could be more like a feeling in their bones. But it helps to know where you line up as you put your own money on the table. So pick a number. If you choose 3 per cent, you believe the reflationary case that yields will drift higher…
Xu Xiaoyong has returned 54 per cent for investors during his fund’s first year by hunting for stocks that can thrive despite the challenges facing China’s economy.That means buying liquor firms supported by resilient consumers or betting that domestic tech suppliers will see more demand from larger companies as a result of the trade war, encouraging innovation, said Xu, investment director of Changan Fund Management.Xu started his Changan Yulong Flexible Allocation Mixed Fund in September last...
China, which has pledged that projects built under its Belt and Road Initiative will be green and sustainable, will fund more fossil fuel power projects in Southeast Asia even as western, Japanese and South Korean financiers increasingly walk away from them over sustainability concerns.This will be the case until the host nations – such as Indonesia – have come up with good enough financial incentives and expanded power transmission and distribution infrastructure to make mass renewable energy...
[Sponsored Article]. For business visitors from APAC region and beyond, there are compelling reasons to converge in Thailand. As the rising star of the booming MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) sector, there is no better place to capture the attention of tens of thousands of trade buyers, and to make valuable connections. According to latest industry data, Thailand is currently the top conference destination in Southeast Asia (ICCA), and the top exhibition platform of...
Hours after announcing plans to delay an initial public offering, WeWork made a small round of job cuts in a New York City unit that manages on-demand office rentals, said three people with knowledge of the matter.The dismissals affected fewer than 10 employees in the WeWork Now division, said two of the people, all of whom asked not to be identified because the details are private.
Good day, traders --. We can expect Hong Kong 's stock market to continue to feel fallout from the protests today. Here are just a few things to consider: One in every 10 shops in Causeway Bay now stands empty, as three months of protest rallies have deterred visitors from the world’s most expensive shopping district, our SCMP reporters note. On the other hand, as questions are growing about Hong Kong’s future, new data shows that its role as the primary gateway for long-term international...

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