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Wednesday, 17 September 2014


A Sony Experia Z3 smartphone is pictured at the IFA consumer technology fair in Berlin, September 5, 2014.

Crisis at Sony could spark long-overdue change

17 September 2014

The Japanese electronics group has written down the value of its ailing mobile unit. Full-year losses are likely to hit $2.1 bln. Cancelling the dividend for the first time since 1958 suggests a grim outlook. The calamity may finally force Sony to confront its problems.

China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan adjusts his glasses at a news conference during China's annual session of parliament, in Beijing March 6, 2010.

China stealth stimulus may slip down back of sofa

17 September 2014

A reported injection of $81 billion via big banks equates to less than a month of credit. It won’t restore rapid growth, but may help cash-strapped companies pay their bills for a while. High debt and low liquidity are forcing authorities into increasingly intricate manoeuvres.    

Henry Kravis of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. speaks during an interview in New York.

Henry Kravis spins a different kind of club deal

16 September 2014

The buyout baron’s KKR is buying Pioneer’s DJ audio equipment business for $550 mln. It’s Abenomics meets Ibiza for the private equity firm’s latest trendy investment. Kravis is laying down a smooth groove in a funky M&A market, but could be late to the dance music party.


China IPOs highlight nuclear power drive

16 September 2014

The People’s Republic wants to burn less dirty coal and not import too much gas. That’s why China is building half the world’s 63 new nuclear reactors. The listings of operators CGN Power and CNNC offer a way into the trend – for investors who can stomach the risk of a meltdown.

Andy Mukherjee

India in depth: How not to get swamped by capital

17 September 2014

Japan wants to invest $34 billion in India. China’s pledge could be several times as large. Realizing these commitments, and digesting up to 12 percent of GDP in foreign capital over five years, will be tricky. The People’s Republic’s own growth strategy offers a useful template.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma gestures during a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Taobao Marketplace, China's largest consumer-focused e-commerce website, in Hangzhou, May 10, 2013.

Alibaba's small IPO hike leaves room for believers

16 September 2014

Boosting the maximum share price by 3 pct won’t affect appetite for the Chinese e-commerce giant’s $21 bln-plus offering. Investors appear more focused on Alibaba’s growth prospects than on governance risks. That points to a warm reception when it starts trading later this week.   

Tea leaf farmers gather to collect their share of the year-end bonus from a total amount of one million yuan ($165,272) handed out by a tea leaf company in a village of Jinan, Shandong province January 20, 2014.

China data divides real and economic worlds

15 September 2014

Industrial and investment data for August were poor. Yet job creation, wages and retail spending – which matter most for ordinary people – look solid. While that justifies inaction for now, it is naïve to think the two realms can remain separate. Real estate is the vital link.