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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.

Beaches, skiing and tai chi: Club Med, Chinese style

Sanya - Tai chi, mahjong and karaoke are on the menu alongside more traditional offerings such as sailing at Club Med's new resort on the Chinese island of Hainan, as the French holiday group -- now Chinese-owned -- adapts its European formula for the market.

Mexican firms freeze $2.6 bn outlay over teacher protests

- A Mexican industrial trade group said Wednesday it was freezing $2.6 billion in investments in regions hit by protests by teachers who have blocked roads and railroads.

Belgrade demolitions deepen fears over waterfront plans

Belgrade - For 26 years, Vladimir Markovic ran his family transportation business in the heart of Belgrade's Savamala district.Then, two months ago, it was demolished without warning overnight.

Saudi Arabia to sell stake in Aramco, create $2 trillion fund

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia will sell shares in state oil giant Aramco and set up the world's largest wealth fund under a long-term economic reform plan, the deputy crown prince said Monday.

China's Xi faces fresh protests in Prague trip

Prague - Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday faced a turbulent second day of a visit to Prague aimed at boosting trade ties, as demonstrators planned new protests against Beijing's policies on Tibet.

Protests as China's Xi arrives in Prague

Prague - Protests greeted President Xi Jinping as he arrived in Prague on Monday on the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic.

Norway's oil investments to decline over next two years

Oslo - Investment in Norway's all-important oil sector is set to decline until 2019 as producers face high costs and collapsing oil prices, a government agency said Thursday.After investing a record level of about 180 billion kroner (18.7 billion euros, $20.

Scandal-hit VW to cut investment by 1 bn euros a year

Frankfurt - German auto giant Volkswagen said Tuesday it would slash its annual investment budget by one billion euros ($1.13 billion) for its main VW brand in the wake of the pollution-cheating scandal.

Op-Ed: Investing alternatives to the stock market

Investing in the stock market has been the most popular form of investing for the last 100 years. The question we have to ask is, "Is the stock market the best place to invest your money right now?"

Australia probes hundreds of home purchases by foreigners

Sydney - Australia is cracking down on foreigners who unlawfully own residential properties, investigating hundreds of cases ahead of the introduction of tougher penalties, Treasurer Joe Hockey said Saturday.

Billionaire financier Kirk Kerkorian dead: MGM Resorts

New York - Legendary tycoon Kirk Kerkorian, who built iconic Las Vegas resorts and was a major investor in automakers and film studios, died late Monday, MGM Resorts International spokesman Clark Dumont said.

EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns

Brussels - The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow's economy, the bloc's new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.
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