25 January 2020


  • India's economy could easily achieve annual growth in the range of 8 to 10 percent if the government adopts the right mix of growth-enhancing reforms, says the author. Photo: AFP

    Has the world economy reached peak growth?

    - Jan 17, 2020 11:04am
    At the start of a new decade, many commentators are understandably focused on the health of the global economy. Gross domestic product growth this decade most likely will be lower than during the teens, barring a...
  • China's gross domestic product rose 6.1 percent last year, the slowest annual rate of expansion it has seen since 1990. Photo: Reuters

    China posts weakest growth in 29 years amid trade tensions

    Jan 17, 2020 11:02am
    China’s economic growth slowed to its weakest in nearly 30 years in 2019 amid a bruising trade war with the United States and sputtering investment, and more stimulus steps are expected this year to help avert...
  • A file picture shows Google's closing price displayed on a marquee in Times Square, New York on the first day of public trading for the company on Aug 19, 2004. Photo: Bloomberg.

    Google parent Alphabet tops US$1 trillion market cap

    Jan 17, 2020 10:13am
    Google’s parent Alphabet became the fourth US company to top a market value of more than US$1 trillion, joining a lofty club that includes Microsoft, Amazon and Apple. Alphabet entered the trillion-dollar league as its shares closed...
  • Microsoft plans to create a Climate Innovation Fund, which will invest US$1 billion over the next four years to speed up the development of carbon removal technology. Photo: Reuters

    Microsoft vows to erase its carbon footprint in climate push

    Jan 17, 2020 9:57am
    Microsoft Corp. has set a new ambition among Fortune 500 companies in addressing climate change, pledging to remove as much carbon as it has emitted in its 45-year history, Reuters reports. The focus on clearing carbon...
  • The trade agreement includes tougher rules on labor and automotive content. Photo: Reuters

    US Senate passes North America trade deal

    Jan 17, 2020 8:19am
    The US Senate approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher rules on labor and automotive content but leaves US$1.2 trillion in annual US-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged.  The legislation...
  • The People's Bank of China has cut the reserve requirement ratio eight times since early 2018 to help shore up the cooling economy. Photo: Bloomberg

    Room limited for further RRR cuts, says PBoC official

    Jan 16, 2020 4:33pm
    China’s reserve requirement ratio (RRR) is at an appropriate level and there is limited room for further cuts, a central bank official said on Thursday. China will make timely adjustments to benchmark deposit rates, and should...
  • US soybean suppliers will continue to face stiff competition for sales to China from a likely record-large Brazilian crop. Photo: Reuters

    China says pledge on US farm goods based on ‘market conditions’

    Jan 16, 2020 2:42pm
    China’s pledge to buy US farm goods based on “market conditions” during the Phase 1 trade deal signing ceremony on Wednesday added to doubts among farmers and commodity traders over Beijing’s lingering tariffs on US exports....
  • The deal aims to address a number of long-standing US complaints regarding investment barriers to China’s financial sector. Photo: AFP

    Trade deal promises to improve access to China financial sector

    Jan 16, 2020 2:35pm
    The long-awaited US-China trade deal touted new wins for US companies looking to access China’s US$40 trillion financial sector, but many of the changes were already in the works with Beijing stepping up the pace of...
  • Junichiro Hironaka, lead lawyer of ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, said everyone involved in the case at his practice has resigned. Photo: Reuters

    Ghosn’s Japanese lawyers quit

    Jan 16, 2020 1:42pm
    Japanese attorneys representing Carlos Ghosn, including lead lawyer Junichiro Hironaka, quit on Thursday following the former Nissan chief’s flight to Lebanon from Japan, where he had been fighting financial misconduct charges, Reuters reports. In an emailed...
  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos attends a company event in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Amazon offers US$1 billion to help small businesses in India

    Jan 16, 2020 12:09pm Inc.’s chief executive Jeff Bezos said his company will invest US$1 billion to bring small businesses online in India, reaching out to some of his fiercest critics in a goodwill visit, Reuters reports. Amazon and...
  • Many analysts are forecasting a further slowdown in China's property market this year. Photo: Reuters

    China home prices grow at slowest pace in 17 months

    Jan 16, 2020 11:56am
    China’s new home prices grew at their weakest pace in 17 months in December, with broader curbs on the sector continuing to cool the market, Reuters reports. Average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities...
  • The railway project will link Xining, capital city of northwestern Qinghai province, and Chengdu, capital city of southwestern Sichuan province. Photo: Xinhua

    China approves US$11.8 billion Xining-Chengdu railway project

    Jan 16, 2020 11:31am
    China’s state planner said on Thursday it has approved a railway project with a total investment of 81.49 billion yuan ($11.84 billion), Reuters reports. The railway project will link Xining, capital city of northwestern Qinghai province,...
  • ZTE plans to issue 381.098 million A shares to independent third-party investors. Photo: AFP

    ZTE plans to raise US$1.7 billion from A-share sale for 5G push

    Jan 16, 2020 10:48am
    ZTE Corp. (00763.HK, 000063.CN) said it was looking to raise 11.51 billion yuan (US$1.7 billion) from a private placement of A shares and use the proceeds for research and development (R&D) of 5G networks as well...
  • Bank of America expects net interest income to decline through the first half of 2020 before picking up. Photo: Bloomberg

    Bank of America quarterly profit falls 4% on lower rates

    Jan 16, 2020 10:04am
    Bank of America reported a 4 percent decline in profit for the fourth quarter, a result attributed to lower interest rates that crimped the net interest income. The earnings — at nearly US$6.8 billion — were...
  • BlackRock has benefited from a rally in global equity markets and strong inflows across business segments. Photo: Bloomberg

    BlackRock profit beats estimates as assets top US$7 trillion

    Jan 16, 2020 9:40am
    BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by strong flows into its exchange-traded fund business that boosted overall assets under management to a record US$7.43 trillion, Reuters...
  • Spotify said it found in a survey that one in four pet owners play music for their pets to listen to for company when they are away from home. Photo: Reuters

    Spotify launches playlists for dogs left home alone

    Jan 16, 2020 8:33am
    Spotify has made playlists and a podcast for dogs to listen to in their owners’ absence, after finding that nearly 74 percent of pet owners in the United Kingdom play music for their animals, Reuters reports....
  • China has agreed to ramp up purchases of hundreds of US products, including two of the 17 rare earths commonly used in lighting and computers. Photo: Bloomberg

    China to buy rare earths from US as part of trade pact

    Jan 16, 2020 7:59am
    China has agreed to buy two types of rare earth metals from the United States as part of an initial trade deal inked on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The agreement, signed in Washington by Chinese Vice Premier...
  • US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu pose for photographers after signing the trade agreement at the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    US and China sign initial deal to ease trade tensions

    Jan 16, 2020 7:33am
    The United States and China signed an initial trade deal on Wednesday that will roll back some tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of US products, defusing an 18-month row between the world’s two largest economies but...
  • Apple's shares have doubled in the past year and the outlook for 2020 is seen positive as the firm prepares to roll out a 5G device. Photo: Reuters

    Why Apple shares may rise further after doubling in past year

    - Jan 15, 2020 1:45pm
    Apple has seen its share price climb steadily in 2019 as investors bet on the next round of iPhone upgrade cycle due later this year when the firm is expected to launch a 5G-compatible device. The...
  • Hyundai Motor unveils its Genesis GV80 sport-utility vehicle in Goyang, South Korea, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Hyundai unveils first Genesis SUV in overseas premium push

    Jan 15, 2020 1:32pm
    South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. unveiled the first sport-utility vehicle (SUV) under its Genesis brand on Wednesday, a move analysts said was crucial for the premium marque’s expansion in overseas markets. The brand, spun off in...