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Malaysia draws China link to huge financial scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's ousted leader has denied wrongdoing over a $2.4 billion China-backed pipeline deal after the new government said the project was "highly suspicious" and linked it to a massive financial scandal.

Allianz stops insuring coal-fired power plants and coal mines

Munich - Munich, Germany-based Allianz Group announced on Friday that it would refuse insurance coverage of coal-fired power plants and coal mines effective immediately, and would aim to get rid of all coal risks in its business by 2040.

Germany coalition bickers over military and aid spending

Berlin - Bickering broke out within Chancellor Angela Merkel's hard-fought coalition on Wednesday, as German budget plans left the defence and international development ministries out in the cold.

German investor confidence hits 5-year low on trade tensions

Frankfurt Am Main - Investor confidence in Germany tumbled to its lowest level since 2012 in April, a key survey showed Tuesday, as geopolitical concerns and trade tensions weighed on Europe's top economy.The ZEW economic institute's monthly barometer tumbled to -8.

Siemens to invest 1 bn euros in Brazil to 'unleash growth'

Frankfurt Am Main - German industrial group Siemens announced plans Wednesday to invest a billion euros in Brazil over the next five years, as Latin America's biggest economy cements its recovery from a brutal recession.

New innovation for digital investment advice market

A Canadian based startup has raised funding and plans to disrupt the ever-changing digital investment advice market. The company is Wealthsimple and it has raised $51 million in funding from Power Financial Corp.

Macron eyes action against Chinese farm buyers

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron promised measures Thursday to help prevent foreign investors buying French farms amid concern that Chinese businesses are taking advantage of low land prices and distressed rural communities.

Australia toughens foreign investment rules amid China concerns

Sydney - Australia announced tougher restrictions on foreign buyers of agricultural land and electricity infrastructure on Thursday amid fears over rising Chinese influence.

French minister urges more German investment in EU

Berlin - France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Wednesday urged Germany to plough more investments into major European projects and allow wages to rise, as part of Berlin's contribution to boosting growth in Europe.

Digital strategies matter in bond markets

IT investments are popular on stock markets due to the potential of high rewards. New research shows that IT investments also matter to bond markets. However, investing here requires a different strategy, according to a new study.

Apple invests $390m in TrueDepth supplier Finisar

Apple's announced it will invest $390m into Finisar, the company that manufactures components for Apple's TrueDepth iPhone cameras. Finisar's technology is behind many of Apple's latest innovations, including Face ID and Animoji on the iPhone X.

Making investments with advanced blockchain technology: Interview Special

Using advanced blockchain technology, the company Funderbeam undertakes investments that are tokenized. Each digital token represents its owner's rights in an investment syndicate. To find out more we spoke with Mads Emil Dalsgaard, CMO at Funderbeam.

China's Silk Road revival hits the buffers

Singapore - From a stalled Indonesian rail project to an insurgency-threatened economic corridor in Pakistan, China's push to revive Silk Road trade routes is running into problems that risk tarnishing the economic crown jewel of Xi Jinping's presidency.

UK Queen's private estate invested in offshore funds: leaks

London - Millions of pounds from the private estate of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II have been invested in offshore tax haven funds, a huge new leak of financial documents revealed on Sunday.Around £10 million ($13 million, €11.

Lyft lifted by $1bn investment led by Google subsidiary

Ride-hailing service Lyft has raised $1 billion in a funding round led by Google investment firm CapitalG. The Uber rival is now worth $11bn, giving it more spending power as it expands its presence around the world. Uber has recently faced some setbacks.

Goldman Sachs — Trump tax cuts will have little effect on growth

New York City - The GOP's tax reform plan would only increase economic growth by about 0.1 to 0. percentage points over the next two years, according to a report issued by Goldman Sachs. And any savings would be spent on technology and not on hiring more employees.

Austrian steelmaker bucks trend with new European plant

Vienna - Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine said Wednesday it will build Europe's first new steelworks in decades, bucking the trend in the sector to close sites or move to where labour is cheaper.

American auto industry investments down, despite Trump's promises

Despite President Trump's threat to heavily tax cars shipped in from abroad, investment by global automakers in 2017 has fallen short of projections, underscoring a market that is shrinking for the first time in eight years.

The value of alternative data in making investment decisions

Alternative data has become an important source of information for investors looking to "beat the market" and come out with an advantage, sometimes known as “capturing alpha.”

Autonomous ships and smart containers to change shipping

Earlier this year, the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) began discussions that could eventually allow unmanned "ghost ships" to operate in international waters, leading to autonomous ships, smart containers and automated cargo handling.

Warren Buffett becomes top shareholder in Bank of America

New York - American billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway group has officially become the top shareholder in Bank of America after exercising its right to buy 700 million shares at a discount.

Blockchain a 'catalytic force' in soaring fintech market

Blockchain technology is propelling the fintech space to new highs as more investors get on board. The rising increase in fintech and the applications of the blockchain is leading to "exponential" increases in pilot projects, according to a new report.

Major oil companies quietly investing in clean energy startups

The energy choices we make today will have a huge impact on our health, our climate and our economy for decades to come. This is why major oil companies have joined Silicon Valley in backing clean energy technology startups.

JP Morgan Chase goes all in on renewable energy investments

Those who control the money always seem to have a disproportionate amount of both social and political power, so JP Morgan Chase's announcement that they have committed to 100 percent renewables by 2020 is the biggest news yet for the energy sector.

Merkel challenger calls for guaranteed public investment

Berlin - Germany should be legally bound to invest in infrastructure, the centre-left challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel at September elections said Sunday.

Investment in geothermal energy heating up in Canada

Calgary - The announcement last week that capital pool company P-Square had acquired Canadian geothermal company, Borealis GeoPower is good news for investors in the renewable energy sector.

Family of Trump son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese company

Washington - A company owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is set to receive more than $400 million from a Chinese firm that is investing in its Manhattan office tower, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Japan PM says wants to build 'relationship of trust' with Trump

Washington - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he wants to build a "relationship of trust" with US President Donald Trump, and stressed the economic and trade ties between the country are a "win-win.

Investments in global clean energy projects drops 18 percent

Global investment in renewables and low-carbon technologies suffered a setback in 2016 as demand in China and Japan faltered, according to new research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Bangladesh, China firms ink multi-billion deals as Xi ends tour

Dhaka - Bangladeshi and Chinese firms have signed $13.6 billion in trade and investment deals on the sidelines of President Xi Jinping's brief tour to the South Asian nation, a trade group official said Saturday.
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