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The Oscar telecast can help Hollywood in China.

The Oscar for Best New Market Goes To: China

Date: 26 February 2016

The Oscars are the Olympics of the acting world: as well as being the most coveted of awards for those in the business, they are the most watched of the entertainment awards shows globally – broadcast internationally since 1969, they are now watched in more than 200 countries.

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China wants to show the G20 it is serious about reforms.

Slowing Growth Collides with China's Turn at G20 Presidency

Date: 26 February 2016

The last time G20 finance ministers met in China back in 2005, the country was the world’s fifth-largest economy. As the next two-day meeting begins, with China as president, it lies in second spot, having overtaken several other G20 members: first the UK, then Germany, and most recently Japan.

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The UNSC has been ignoring Japan's overtures for years.

UN Security Council to Japan: Not Yet

Date: 26 February 2016

January 2016 marked the beginning of Japan’s most recent two-year term as an elected, non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). This is Japan’s 11th term, the most of any nation in the world. Japan’s dream is to become a permanent member of the UNSC. However, can this dream really come true?

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China's influence in Laos is growing.

Shades of China in Laos

Date: 26 February 2016

The recently signed Joint General Scheme of Mohan–Boten Economic Cooperation Zone is the first cross-border economic cooperation zone that China has established in Laos and, for that matter, in the whole of Southeast Asia. The deal hints at the Asian giant’s goal to expand its economic ties with its southern neighbours.

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PMs, FMs, and Central Bank Presidents are making headlines in the EM world.

Emerging Market Political Leaders are Making Headlines

Date: 26 February 2016

1) PBOC appears to have confirmed a somewhat easier monetary stance, 2) Malaysian Prime Minister Najib is consolidating his grip on power, 3) Hungarian central bank Vice Governor Nagy hinted at more rate cuts, 4) Press reports suggest South African Finance Minister Gordhan threatened to resign last week, 5) Brazil was downgraded to sub-investment grade by Moody's, 6) Colombia’s central bank tweaked its FX intervention mechanism

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Should phasing out the 500-euro note be a top ECB priority?

Can You Break a 500-Euro Note?

Date: 26 February 2016

The internecine pitch battle between ECB President Draghi and the man who may very well be his successor, Bundesbank President Weidmann opened a new front this week.  It is over the future of the 500-euro note.

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The markets are trying to end the week on a positive note.

Can the Markets End the Week Glass Half Full?

Date: 26 February 2016

The US S&P 500 closed above 1950 for the first time since January 6.  Global equity markets are broadly higher in response.  At the same time, ahead of the G20 meeting, the world's second and third-largest economies have signaled additional stimulus will be forthcoming.

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South Africa's economy has been lagging even its population growth.

South Africa's Gordhan Warns that Reforms Will Take Time

Date: 25 February 2016

The South African economy has been performing very poorly. Like other commodity exporters, export prices have weakened dramatically, company results have deteriorated and foreign and domestic investment have slowed down sharply. South Africa’s performance has been - and is expected to continue to be - worse than that of many other African economies, including commodity exporters.

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Achieving a work-life balance should be an attainable goal.

It's Work-Life, not Work, then Life

Date: 25 February 2016

Back in the early 1980s, when I started researching the field of careers, the notion of “work-life balance” was decidedly embryonic. It certainly had almost no resonance among women, who were still expected to work both at work and at home. Now it’s an acknowledged part of the zeitgeist and central to how we arrange our lives.

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With Amari gone, Japan's Abe needs to keep moving with Abenomics.

Update: Abe Moving on after Amari

Date: 25 February 2016

Another Japanese minister bites the dust with Akira Amari’s resignation from the Shinzo Abe cabinet on 28 January. Yet this time, there may be more repercussions than usual for the government.

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India's SEZs are struggling to attract investment.

India's SEZs are All the Rage, So Why the Struggle?

Date: 25 February 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature ‘Make in India’ initiative — which aims to transform India into a global manufacturing hub — specially mentions the importance of special economic zones (SEZs) in attracting foreign investors. However, despite the strong pitch, these export-oriented enclaves have struggled to draw investments.

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The scramble for Lithium has the element's price skyrocketing.

Lithium as the 'New Gasoline'

Date: 25 February 2016

With lithium prices skyrocketing beyond wildest expectations, talk heating up about acquisitions and mergers in this space and a fast-brewing war among electric car rivals, it's no wonder everyone's bullish on this golden commodity that promises to become the "new gasoline".

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There is a sense of urgency for some G20 countries at tomorrow's summit.

On the G20 Agenda, A Sense of Urgency for Some

Date: 25 February 2016

The G20 finance ministers and central bankers will meet in Shanghai starting tomorrow.   From some quarters, there is a sense of urgency.  The IMF, for example, is likely to cut its world GDP forecast of 3.4% this year.

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Making gains seemed easy, but holding them will prove difficult.

Was Yesterday's U.S. Reversal a Fluke?

Date: 25 February 2016

The foreign exchange market is unusually calm.  The US dollar is little changed against currencies.  While the selling pressure that took sterling below $1.39 and the euro below $1.10 has subsided, neither has been able sustain upticks.  The euro rose to $1.1040 before sellers re-emerged. Sterling was capped near $1.3965.

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Data gaps in Singapore's budget reporting convey a broader message.

Budget Primer: A Broader Lesson from Singapore's Reporting

Date: 24 February 2016

Singapore has regularly reported considerable surpluses in its annual fiscal budget. Budget surpluses have been an essential part of the country’s growth strategy (Asher et al. 2015) as they are perceived to provide a signal of sound public sector financial management to foreign investors, key stakeholders in Singapore’s development planning.

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Most nations with leverage against North Korea choose not to use it.

North Korea: Sanctions, Smanctions

Date: 24 February 2016

North Korea’s recent nuclear and long-range rocket tests appear to have created a policy tipping point. Opinion in the United States, South Korea and Japan has shifted away from a policy of ‘strategic patience’ towards one that employs additional sanctions to compel North Korea to reverse its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

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Can the youth movement steer Cambodia's political future?

Youth Will Be Served in Cambodia's Next Big Election

Date: 24 February 2016

Cambodia’s 2013 election was characterised by both the growing engagement of young voters and by numerous instances of collective violence. How will these developments impact Cambodian politics in the lead-up to the 2018 National Assembly election?

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Is the 'Moral Economy' being revisited in practice?

What is Fair in Today's Global Economy?

Date: 24 February 2016

The concept of moral economy was first used by 18th-century thinkers trying to make sense of the rising capitalist values.  In feudal society, a "fair price" was preferred over a free price especially for the necessities of the day.

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