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Progress in fiscal reform is key to transforming China

BEIJING | Via Caixin | Changes to China’s tax and fiscal framework have become the vanguard for the “deep and comprehensive” reforms the country has pledged in an effort to overhaul its economy and society. On June 30, the Communist Party’s top leaders endorsed a slate of tax and fiscal reform measures to be put in place by 2016, so a modern tax system could be up and running by 2020. In August, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee adopted the revised Budget Law.

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Italy is on sale… for a while

MADRID | The Corner | On July 1 the new Italian fiscal reform will begin and the tax rate on capital gains will go up from 20% to 26%. Both private and institutional investors are selling before that date so as to rebuy again after and get a +2% after tax return. The FTSEMIB stands below the levels recorded after Mr Renzi’s victory and at the same levels registered before Mr Draghi’s last intervention. The index is behaving worse than the Spanish Ibex 35, and –if this trend continues, next week will be the moment to resume positions.