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  • Article / 1 hour ago

    Morning Markets: Sombre forecasts, cold facts

    Deputy Editor /
    Morning Markets: Sombre forecasts, cold facts
    After yesterday's global growth outlook downgrade by the International Monetary Fund (to 3.1% this year from its previous forecast of 3.3%) markets will today grapple with the organisation's latest pronouncement – the Global Financial Stability report. Of more immediate importance, though, is the quite awful Germany industrial production released by Germany at 0600 GMT this morning.
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  • Calendar event / 2 hours ago

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  • Editor’s Picks / 2 hours ago

    China's steady growth prediction bodes well for Australia

    ABC Online
    The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its forecasts for the second time this year, but the good news for Australia is that its China outlook is steady. Peter Ryan reports that the IMF now sees the global economy growing by 3.1% in 2015 with the outlook for Australia at 2.4%. The good news is that despite the recent slowdown in China and the resulting bust in commodity prices, the IMF is standing firm on its outlook for the world's second-biggest economy, forecasting growth this year of 6.8% and 6.3% in 2016. However, any unexpected slowing beyond that point will have a direct impact on Australia.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 3 hours ago

    Indonesia's haze hammers goodwill

    As Singapore and Malaysia wheeze from cloying smoke generated by forest fires in Indonesia, the costs to tourism and health and productivity in the two countries could be outweighed by the impact on Indonesia itself – and the country's regional reputation. Pooi Koon Chong writes the smog has shrouded Singapore and Malaysia for weeks and is likely to manifest in fewer tourist arrivals as some countries are starting to send travel warnings about the two countries, which might impact hotels and retail spending. The impact on Singapore could range from 0.1% to 0.4% of gross domestic product.
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  • Article / 3 hours ago

    3 Numbers: Germans hang tough; Spain industry, UK manufacturing

    editor/analyst /
    United States
    3 Numbers: Germans hang tough; Spain industry, UK manufacturing
    If Germany is suffering the same manufacturing slowdown as China and the US, we will know more today. Certainly the problems at Volkswagen are hardly going to offer any improvement. Meanwhile there are signs that the Spanish industrial resurgence is petering out and the UK too, is seeing declining growth in the sector.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 5 hours ago

    Populists, controversy pose hurdles for Pacific trade deal

    The Conversation
    The mammoth Trans Pacific Partnership should bring big benefits to its 12 trading partner nations – including the US, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and emerging Pacific Rim states. The TPP will eliminate obvious barriers like tariffs as well as sneaky regulatory ones. Its controversial features include its investor-state dispute settlement provision that allows multinationals to bring legal claims against host states. And its obligations concerning regulatory transparency and standardization will necessitate costly reforms for developing countries like Vietnam and Malaysia. Finally presidential candidate Donald Trump promises to renege on the deal if he gets elected. But it's unlikely that any sensible politician will resist the TPP in the longer term.
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    USDCAD dropped dramatically .. the steepness of the drop was not expected .. where do you think we are heading to Mike .. are we going to...
  • Editor’s Picks / Yesterday at 14:26 GMT

    IMF downgrades global economic outlook again

    Dow Jones
    A slowdown in emerging markets is pushing the world economy into its weakest expansion since the financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday as it once again downgraded its outlook for global growth, Ian Talley reports. "Six years after the world economy emerged from its broadest and deepest postwar recession, a return to robust and synchronised global expansion remains elusive," Maurice Obstfeld, the IMF's new chief economist, said in the foreword to the fund's latest World Economic Outlook. Besides a broad-based downgrade in growth around the world, "downside risks to the world economy appear more pronounced than they did just a few months ago," he said.
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