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Asian shares slide as soft China surveys, U.S. data sap risk appetite (Reuters) Asian stocks slid to their lowest level in nearly three weeks on Monday, as profit taking set in after soft Chinese factory surveys and U.S. consumer spending data raised concerns over the global economic outlook. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS fell as much as 0.7%, hitting its lowest level since Oct 14. Tokyo's Nikkei .N225 retreated 2.1%. European shares are expected to open weaker, with spread-betters looking for Germany's DAX .GDAXI to fall 0.8%, France's CAC 40 .FCHI to drop 0.9%, and Britain's FTSE .FTSE to start 0.6% down. Mainland China markets fell, with the main Shanghai index falling 1.2%,
Technology: Banks seek the key to blockchain (Financial Times) By providing a peer-to-peer service with minimum infrastructure and expensive controls, banks are hoping to retain profitable functions that will become faster, more efficient and require much less overhead. The general name for this technology is "blockchain". Where did it come from? Bitcoin and other crypto-currency systems.
Kansas City Royals Win 2015 World Series (Huffington Post) No Miracle Mets in 2015 as the Royals win their first championship in 40 years. In fact it might be called the year of the Miracle Royals who closed out the series in come-from-behind wins the final two games. The final win had them overcome a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning to tie and then win 7-2 in 12.
New Linklaters report: European banks face major credit risks over bad loans (City A.M.) European banks are still holding onto an estimated €826 billion (£588 billion, $905 billion) of non-performing loans, despite increased oversight, according to a new report out today. Global law firm Linklaters estimated that since the European Central Bank (ECB) introduced its Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) last November, non-performing loan (NPL) volumes across European banks have remained high, reducing only marginally from €841 billion to €826 billion. Econintersect: Remember 10 and 20 years ago when westerners derided Japanese banks for failure to get bad loans off their books? Enlargement and the euro are two big mistakes that ruined Europe (Financial Times) Wolfgang Munchau:
I put it down to two catastrophic errors committed during the 1990s and at the beginning of this millennium. The first was the introduction of the euro; the second, the EU's enlargement to 28 members from 15 a couple of decades ago. You might agree with one or other of these statements, or with neither of them. But few people will agree with both.
"What Canada shows us is that more effort spent trying to make active citizens out of migrants pays dividends. We think that national and local government, universities and established communities all have roles to play in making newly arrived immigrants feel at home and want to participate fully in local community life."
China Banks Enter Eye of Storm Adding Risky Debt to Wealth Funds (Bloomberg) Chinese retail money managers are reaching for yield. The wealth-management products that banks sell at branches across China are often considered as safe as deposits by customers. There are growing reasons to question that faith. The ability of Chinese lenders' $2.4 trillion of WMPs to generate the returns they promise is being undermined as monetary easing has pushed corporate bond yields to a five-year low. Loath to lose market share by advertising weaker performance, managers of the funds have been adding leverage, extending maturities and buying higher-yielding notes that are rarely traded, according to consultancy CNBenefit and HSBC Holdings Plc.
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