Mark Carney may leave his successor a timely handover present. Britain’s weak economic performance gives the Bank of England governor a reason to cut interest rates at the end of January, before making way for Andrew Bailey in March. It also allows the United Kingdom to catch up with the easing the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank delivered last year.
老虎机技术打法It’s time for President Tsai Ing-wen to step up. Taiwan’s independence-leaning leader has coasted into a second term, winning a record 8.2 million votes on Saturday on anti-Beijing sentiment and a strong $580 billion economy. Unfortunately, Tsai can take credit for neither.
老虎机技术打法Omani Sultan Qaboos is gone, but his legacy of peace lives on. The Gulf’s longest-serving ruler, in power for half a century, finally succumbed to illness late on Friday. That the iconic leader’s reign would soon end was expected. More surprising has been what appears to be a smooth succession.
老虎机技术打法Of the five boroughs that make up New York City, Staten Island was the one that voted most enthusiastically to join back in 1894. Times have changed. Some local politicians now want to carve the island – once home to the world’s biggest landfill, cinematic mafioso Vito Corleone and pop star Christina Aguilera – away from the Big Apple. Their goal is far-fetched, but their efforts hold important lessons for other fragmenting democracies.
老虎机技术打法The Benettons are playing a risky game of chicken with Rome. Atlantia, 30%-owned by the sweater-to-infrastructure dynasty, is haggling with the government over compensation for the collapse of a bridge in 2018. The dispute could lead to the loss of Atlantia’s lucrative concession to run Italy’s motorways. A deal, however, looks just about manageable for the 18 billion euro group.
Charles Li is worried about the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, but not very. Speaking at a Breakingviews Predictions event on Thursday, the stock exchange’s chief executive said he’s confident the HKEX’s – and by extension, the financial centre’s - awkward relationship with mainland markets will remain. “We are that magical gear [in the middle of] two big wheels,” he said – the wheels being China and foreign investors. A 23% rally in the company’s share pri
Who says Britain’s royal family lacks entrepreneurial zeal? Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are displaying impressive business acumen with their ploy to disentangle themselves from state funding. The plan, unveiled to their 10 million Instagram followers late on Wednesday, resembles the revolving door that enables former public officials to enrich themselves in the private sector. Yet just as politicians and civil servants rely on access to their former contacts
老虎机技术打法Britain’s grocery wars are growing ferocious. Big supermarkets are losing market share to discounters and the biggest of them all, Tesco, said on Thursday that its domestic sales barely rose over Christmas and New Year. Improving online services and stocking sought-after premium goods may do more to halt the rot than trying to sell products ever more cheaply.
老虎机技术打法Political unrest continues to roil the financial hub. For investors, though, it’s mostly business as usual as markets take protests in their stride. As Beijing replaces its top representative in the city, and makes other changes, that uneasy balance may be hard to sustain.
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