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Ignore Japan’s Banks At Your Peril

Ignore Japan’s Banks At Your Peril

Investors greeted the gains made by the Liberal Democratic Party of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in the weekend’s Upper House election by bidding the Topix up by 3.8% on Monday. Although much of the immediate rally was powered by short-covering, international investors will naturally ask themselves whether Abe’s reinforced mandate, and his post-election pledge

Ignore Japan’s Banks At Your Peril

Populism And A New Financial Crisis

The febrile behavior of financial markets ahead of Britain’s EU referendum shows that the voting on June 23 will influence economic and political conditions around the world far more profoundly than Britain’s share of 4% in global GDP might suggest. This outsize impact has at least three explanations. Firstly, the Brexit referendum represents a global

Ignore Japan’s Banks At Your Peril

How much money have customers stored on Starbucks loyalty cards and the Starbucks app?

US$120m US$750m US$1.2bn   Answer: In the first quarter of 2016 Starbucks had US$1.2bn loaded onto its stored-value loyalty cards and its mobile app—more than some US banks have in deposits. The stored value can be used to purchase drinks, food and other merchandise. Sizable though the magnitude of Starbucks’ stored-value quasi-deposits may be, they

Ignore Japan’s Banks At Your Peril

What carrot is Hong Kong’s largest property development firm offering to prospective buyers amid the city’s property slump?

120% mortgage. A buy one, get one free deal on covered parking spaces. A 20% discount on properties that will be ready in 2018. To see the answer… Answer: Sun Hung Kai Properties is offering mortgages worth up to 120% of a home’s value at one of its projects. While generous, this is not quite


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