China’s Inward and Outward Investment Policies

by Ken Davies This article was originally published by Asian Century Institute on 31 May 2013 FDI (foreign direct investment) inflows to China have changed in size and significance, according to Davies. China remains the largest recipient of FDI among developing countries and FDI continues to play a disproportionately large role in promoting China’s trade, …

What Would It Take to Ignite Inflation?

Written by Gene Balas We see a few signs of budding inflation.  But will it bloom? Survey data point to businesses’ higher costs in recent months.  The key question is whether those cost increases are temporary or persistent, and whether they will be passed on to their customers in higher prices.  That, in turn, depends …

Who is Confused: Consumers or Consumer Observers?

Written by Gene Balas Most of the time, consumers of economic data look at broad indicators to determine a basic question: “is economy activity growing or contracting?” Based on the answer to this question, investors may alter their asset allocation or businesses may adjust their investments in the basic ingredients of capital and labor. Too …

Small Business Sentiment: Gloom Continued in April

The latest issue of the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends is out today. In recent months the closely watched Small Business Optimism Index had been trying to break above recessionary levels. The March report was a disappointing setback, and the April report, released this morning, again moved in the wrong direction. The index is belowthe level at the onset of the Great Recession. The poor reading is similar to the consumer sentiment readings from the Conference Board and the University of Michigan survey.