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Global FinTech Investments: 1Q16 Boosted By Mega Deals in China

Citi | FinTech Remain Hot: According to the latest data published on 25th May by CB Insights and KPMG, there was a revival in FinTech investments in 1Q16 from a soft 4Q15. A total of 218 investments were made by VC-backed FinTech companies in 1Q16 raising $4.9bn in funding globally, almost doubling yoy and up 160% qoq. The trend for FinTech is noticeably more resilient than total VC funding for all sectors (-8% yoy). Total FinTech investments (including PE, hedge funds and corporate investments) were at $5.7bn, up 97% yoy and 84% qoq.




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In a Post- Obama World

Jarno Lang | Obama is not only a pop-cultural phenomenon, but also a pragmatic leader. His successor will have to deal with a worldwide net of dependencies.


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How India Is Stepping Out Of China’s Shadow

Caixin | As two of the most significant economies driving global growth today, commentators often compare the emerging market behemoths, China and India. In recent times, the two countries have eclipsed Brazil, Russia and South Africa, their BRICS counterparts, in terms of economic growth. However, there are significant differences between the two Asian economies.


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What Level Of Oil Is Now ‘Priced In’?

UBS | Improved EM asset performance this year has been driven by a) the tremendous credit stimulus from China, b) a change in the reaction function of the Fed, which helped EM currencies rally against the USD, and, c) the rebalancing in the oil market. Investors are already questioning the first two, but oil has continued to trade very well.



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Shadow Puppetry In Chinese Corporate Debt

Chinese corporate debt has not stopped growing since 2007 (it is around 160% of GDP). But given the level of reserves, Beijing does not yet understand the alarmism unleashed by international agencies.



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New Economy Will Require a New Official

Caixin | Until recently, Chinese officials could rest assured that their path on the bureaucratic ladder went only upward, unless they were punished for some reason, usually corruption. No more. A policy passed in June 2015 by the Communist Party’s second-highest decision-making body, the 25-member Politburo, stipulated that officials should be demoted for failing to meet the requirements of their post.