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Bloomberg Fed Vice Chairman for Supervision Randal Quarles There is no question the Volcker rule, the controversial measure to prohibit banks from trading for their own accounts, has been harmful to capital markets, said Randal Quarles, the Fed’s vice chairman for financial supervision, on Tuesday. Asked by Rep. Bill Huizenga, Republican of Michigan, whether […]

admin April 17, 2018

JUST a few years ago Wuhan, a sprawling metropolis in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, exemplified China’s economic woes. Municipal debt had soared. The most senior local official was known as “Mr Dig Up The City”, a reference to his zeal for grandiose construction projects. A movie theme park, intended as a landmark, […]

admin April 17, 2018

AMERICA’S president claims to view China as a friend. But the friendship is going through a rocky patch, to say the least. America’s trade deficit with China, “the largest deficit in the history of our world”, is “out of control”, Donald Trump groused on March 22nd. “A tremendous intellectual-property theft situation” also irks him. And […]

admin April 17, 2018

“THIS will require a quick lesson in global economics…bear with me,” says Erik Killmonger, the muscular villain in “Black Panther”, a long-running Marvel Comics series. In that saga and the recent film it inspired, Killmonger and the Black Panther vie for the throne of Wakanda, a fictional African kingdom little known to the outside world. […]

admin April 17, 2018

“THIS is what $3bn looks like.” So beams a manager at Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPC), a petrochemical company jointly owned by Chevron and Phillips 66, both American oil firms. She throws open her arms in a figurative embrace of a giant cracker (pictured) built by the firm in Baytown, a gritty part of Houston. The […]

admin April 17, 2018

WHEN Spotify, a music-streaming service, went public on April 3rd, its founder, Daniel Ek, rang no bells on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Rather than the “pomp and circumstance” of an initial public offering, the Swedish firm, which is widely credited with turning round the fortunes of the music industry, opted […]

admin April 17, 2018

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak deleted his Facebook account, and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook sniffed disapprovingly about Facebook’s data-driven advertising business. Even uber-hip Elon Musk joined #deletefacebook by cancelling Tesla’s Facebook page. But Facebook’s FB, +0.19% […]