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IMF chief warns of slower growth after China shockwaves

September 04 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

The head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde thinks that the shockwaves from China's economic problems will cause other countries in the region to lose momentum.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) boss warned that global growth will be weaker than forecasts have predicted as China’s manufacturing shrinks at its fastest rate since 2012. 

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Emerging markets suffer £600bn outflow of funds

August 21 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

A mix of official data and estimates by NN Investment Partners, an investment bank, has revealed that the 19 largest emerging market economies saw a total net capital outflow of around £600bn ($940.2bn) over the past 13 months.

The bank, based in the Netherlands, reported the figure, which is almost double the net outflow in a nine-month period following the 2008 banking crisis.

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China’s slowdown and America’s recovery squeeze emerging markets

August 17 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

One of the biggest financial stories of the 21st century so far has been the increasing importance of emerging markets.

Now, many are facing the prospect of being caught in the middle of the fallout from China’s current slowdown and America’s ongoing recovery.

 

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Chinese stocks face sell-off fears as remedial measures fail

July 28 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

Measures designed to provide the market a boost have failed in China, triggering renewed stock sell-off fears.

Beijing is struggling to calm the markets as China's financial woes continue.

Shares were down by more than 8% yesterday (July 27th), and this has been compounded by a 1.7% loss today. The situation has raised concerns about the potential for a market meltdown.

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Chinese banks issue £134bn loans to lift stock market

July 17 ,2015 | by Thiago Kiwi

Some of China's biggest state-owned banks have contributed to a £134 billion fund being used to boost the country's ailing stock market.

State-owned banks in China have lent over a trillion yuan to a government-owned finance agency to help stem falls on the country's stock market.

China Securities Finance Corp (CSFC) has received 1.3 trillion yuan (£134 billion) over the past few weeks, funds that have been passed on to brokerage firms to help finance share investment.

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India prepares for ecommerce boom

July 01 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

Ecommerce looks set to boom in India in the coming years, with many companies looking to take advantage.

Ecommerce has taken developed nations by storm, changing the way both consumers and businesses make purchases. It has been hugely popular across Europe, the US and Asia for years, and now other nations are catching up.

One country where ecommerce is expected to boom is India. A PwC report, using data from the Internet and Mobile Association of India, shows the sector grew in value from $3.8 billion (£2.4 billion) in 2009 to an estimated $12.6 billion in 2013, and this rise is expected to continue.

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Asia has become the world’s second-richest region

June 18 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

The Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, surpassed Europe in terms of private wealth, says Boston Consulting Group report.

Asia surpassed Europe to become the world’s second-richest region in terms of private wealth last year, according to new research. Private wealth in the Asia Pacific, which excludes Japan, grew by a steep 29 per cent in 2014 to nearly £30 trillion. The stellar rise was aided by increase in the number of millionaires in India and China.

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Investment in emerging market startups continues to grow

April 16 ,2015 | by Erin O’Neill

Startups in developing economies witness growing investment as evidence supporting the value of SMEs emerges.

The lifecycle of startups can be cut short in the early stages due to limited access to funds. This is a problem that many budding businesses in emerging markets have encountered. However, this capital chasm is being bridged by a number of accelerators and seed funds who have recognised the potential that emerging market startups hold.

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Emerging markets lead green energy charge

April 15 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

Recently released figures are proving that the global pursuit to utilise sustainable energy is being led by emerging markets.

Today, everyone is becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impacts their country, economy, and businesses are having on the world, sustainable energy is widely thought to be most prevalent in the developed world. However, it seems that developing countries are becoming real pioneers of the revolution.

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Developing Asia economies set for strong growth, says report

March 25 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

Economic growth in Asia will remain strong this year and the next, according to a recent report.

According to the latest report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the developing economies of Asia are set to see robust growth in 2015/16 as the global recovery gains traction and commodity prices remain depressed. It forecasts that there will be steady growth of 6.3 per cent this year and the next, with inflation slowing down to 2.6 per cent in 2015.

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India’s new MUDRA bank looks to fund small businesses

March 06 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

The new bank announced in India’s latest budget could aid lending to small businesses.

India’s most recent yearly budget announcement revealed plans to set up a new bank that will aim to lend more to the nation’s cash-starved small companies. As these micro and small businesses account for around a fifth of India’s economy, it’s a clever move from the government that could rekindle growth through the Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) bank.

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Ecommerce will dominate African retail market, says report

March 05 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

The African retail market will be dominated by e-commerce over the next few years, says report.

A recent report notes that online marketplaces could dominate the retail market in Africa within the next few years, according to reports.

Global consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan, estimated that the e-commerce market will be worth $50 billion in 2018, compared to its 2013 worth of around $8 billion. It’s no surprise then that these digital retailers are beginning to offer greater numbers of products and services to African consumers.

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India's ambitious solar energy goals within reach, says minister

March 04 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

India’s goal to produce 100 GW of solar power is easily within reach after investors pledged enough money to fund double that.

Further funding for India’s massive solar power plans has been pledged from a number of potential investors and brings within reach the nation’s goal to produce 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy by 2022, according to Indian energy minister, Piyush Goyal.

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500 Startups plan $10m Thai investment fund

February 18 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

A new $10 million micro-investment fund in Thailand is about to be launched by venture capitalist company 500 Startups.

The notorious US startup investor and accelerator, 500 Startups, is looking to further extend its reach in Asia by preparing to launch a new $10 million micro-fund for Thailand companies, which is reported to be called the 500 TukTuks fund, according to TechCrunch.

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Asia registers record global business investment in 2014

February 13 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

A record £4 trillion was invested in business across the world in 2014, with much of it targeted at firms in Asia.

The total value of finance provided to businesses around the globe hit a record level in 2014, according to a report from Allen & Overy. Furthermore, there was a surge noted in investors lending to Asian businesses.

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Emerging markets hold high earning potential for online media, says report

February 12 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

Online media companies should look to China, India, Russia, Mexico for high earnings potential, says EY report.

Emerging markets will hold some of the highest earning potentials for online media and entertainment companies as more of the world gains access to the internet, according to a new report from Ernst & Young.

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FinTech could be key to African aid

February 12 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

Aid in Africa could get a much needed revamp from advancements in FinTech.

Organisations have poured money into Africa, some private and others public, however the system is fraught with inefficiencies and obsolete practices. It’s no surprise then that for every £1 that makes its way into Africa another pound is spent on administration.

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UK tech firm Mobile Streams plans emerging markets expansion

February 03 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

UK tech firm Mobile Streams announces details of its plan to push forward into Brazil, Africa and India.

The chief executive officer of Mobile Streams revealed plans to expand the reach of its mobile internet services to higher potential markets such as Brazil, India and Africa.

Shares advanced around 12 per cent on the announcement as it will provide more opportunities than attempting to penetrate the saturated core regions of the US and Europe.

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Solar energy fuels African economic revolution

January 28 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

In a world run on fossil fuels, Africa solar energy skips the mains to get its power from the sun.

The collective economy of Africa is thought to be pumped full of potential, natural resources and a rapidly expanding population that could catapult the continent to the height of the Western economies.

 

Surveys suggest that seven out of ten of the world’s fastest developing economies are found on the continent of Africa. It’s then no surprise that the combined African economies expanded around four per cent in 2013, outpacing global growth of three per cent in the same period.

But despite this fast pace of expansion, it seems that a large proportion of Africans lack essentials such as access to a supply of electricity. The International Energy Agency estimates that 585 million people have no access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, while in rural areas the electrification rate gets as low as 14.2 per cent.

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Virtual currencies grow more mainstream

December 15 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

Since the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009, virtual currencies have rocketed in popularity.

The general public are beginning to accept digital payment into the mainstream. Bitcoin lets people anonymously transfer money around the world for free, and cuts out the need for a middle man

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UK green start-ups look east to boost Chinese trade

December 11 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

A group of start-ups involved in the low carbon energy sector aim to boost Chinese trade with visit.

A delegation from companies in the low carbon energy sector and identified by UK Trade & Investment West Midlands will soon visit China in a bid to increase trade links with the country.

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Singapore tops list of world’s best places to do business

November 21 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

Singapore has retained its title as the world’s best place to do business.

Singapore has long been one of Asia’s major business hubs. In fact, it’s vying with Hong Kong to be true financial capital of Asia. It’s certainly going the right way about it, since the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has once again ranked Singapore as one of the world’s best places to do business.

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Emerging markets announce measures to boost small firms

November 20 ,2014 | by Thiago Kiwi

A range of new measures to give small firms a boost have been announced in several emerging markets.

Small businesses are the engine of growth. That’s what we’re often told in the UK as authorities work to improve trading conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) – and it’s hardly surprising, considering that they constitute the vast majority of the UK’s companies and employers.

Of course, the same is also true around the world. Especially in emerging markets, authorities are working to give SMEs a boost in a bid to encourage growth and stimulate further development. The past few days have seen a number of measures announced across several Asian and African economies to kickstart economic expansion.

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London Stock Exchange issues biggest ever rupee bond

November 19 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

The London Stock Exchange’s biggest ever rupee bond worth £103 million was issued earlier this week by the International Finance Corporation.

India and the UK have been working hard to cement their already close economic and financial relationships after all the latter is the biggest investor in the former among the G20 nations. But, this week, they have edged even closer together.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has issued a major new rupee bond in London today – the biggest of its kind ever issued on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

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India promotes manufacturing sector to encourage investment

September 24 ,2014 | by Hari Sri

India is launching a new campaign to encourage investment in the nation’s manufacturing sector.

India has been struggling to keep pace with growth in the economies of many of its rivals. With a current account deficit, high inflation and weak factory output, it is now considering a raft of new measures to increase foreign direct investment and get the country growing fast once more.

This week, the government will officially announce a new programme aimed at luring global industry into India’s manufacturing sector.

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