Early Headlines: Taiwan Looks for New Export Markets, Russia Threatens to Nuke Denmark, Greece Says Debt Payment Impossible and More

March 23rd, 2015
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Early Bird Headlines 22 March 2015

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  • US companies sell record euro debt (Financial Times) Depressed bond yields in Europe are attracting record debt sales by US multinationals appears a real bargain as interest rates and exchange rates for euro are very low. Econintersect: Companies better be careful to borrow only what they expect to repay from euro based income or they could be badly burned if future exchange rates are very unfavorable.
  • U.S. Looks to Work With China-Led Infrastructure Fund (The Wall Street Journal) Obama administration proposes co-financing projects with new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Econintersect: U.S. had to do something - allies all signing up with China.





  • Russia delivers nuclear warning to Denmark (Financial Times) Russia’s ambassador to Denmark wrote in a newspaper opinion piece threatening a nuclear attack if Denmark participates in a NATO missile defense program.



  • China to keep prudent monetary policy to support structural reforms: central bank governor (The Business Times) "China plans to further ease capital controls in an ongoing bid to make the yuan fully convertible," said central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan. Zhou also indicated that the bank intends to stick to a conservative monetary policy despite recent rate cuts and reduction in reserve requirements aimed at lifting the nation's rate of growth. Econintersect: Mr. Zhou sounds conflicted.



  • Abe-Kuroda honeymoon soured by fiscal friction (Reuters Canada) The central bank wants more action to reduce debt while Abe is emphasizing growth. Econintersect: The credibility of this report is challenged by the statement: "... Japan's staggering public debt, which at 230 percent of GDP is twice the U.S. figure and about 50 points higher than perilous Greece, ..." Compare Japan to the U.S.? Yes. To Greece? No way.
  • Japan could join China-led AIIB (China Spectator)



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