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  • By: East Asia Forum | Date: 26 Nov 2014

    When Abe dissolved the lower house on 21 November 2014 and called a snap election for December, top leaders in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and New Komeito identified keeping 270 seats as the low-water mark, which would represent a loss of 56 seats. Read more

  • By: East Asia Forum | Date: 26 Nov 2014

    A sea change is occurring in Sri Lanka’s strategic orientation. Recent developments suggest that Sri Lanka is becoming China’s new best friend and security partner in the eastern Indian Ocean. This would represent a major change in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy and could have significant consequences for regional security. Read more

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    By: Deena Zaidi | Date: 26 Nov 2014

    Japan's economy and its lost decades are no more news to us. When Japan was hit by its first real estate collapse, little did it know that its revival would take forever. Many criticized the reforms that were taken and many critics suggested ways to fix the problem of deflation that faced the country. Read more

  • By: Marc Chandler | Date: 26 Nov 2014

    In the middle of November, the CEO of Vodafone Vittorio Colao warned of a "prisoner's dilemma" in the efforts to offer bundled television and broadband services. Read more

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    By: Marc Chandler | Date: 26 Nov 2014

    The capital markets are mostly quiet, amid a light news stream, and ahead of three key events in the coming days, with U.S. markets closed tomorrow and light participation expected on Friday.  These events are tomorrow's OPEC meeting, the flash euro area inflation reading on Friday, and month-end portfolio and hedge adjustments. Read more

    • Date: 25 Nov 2014

      When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it’s no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom. Read more

    • Date: 25 Nov 2014

      EC President Juncker is set to unveil a new investment program.  It sounds good:  a fiscal complement to the monetary policy stance of the ECB.  Expectations are running high that the ECB will move to more aggressively expand its balance sheet, record low bond yields in many euro area countries, and negative 2-year yields in at least five countries and below 5 bp in another three countries. Read more

    • Date: 25 Nov 2014

      This geopolitical summit season has consolidated ongoing trends in international affairs. A still-rising China with global leadership aspirations, a resurgent Russia bent on restoring its superpower status, and sclerosis and dysfunction in Western countries is likely to dominate international politics for at least the next 20 years. In fact, we might only be at the beginning in this long time span where seismic global power shifts are taking place. Read more

    • Date: 26 Nov 2014

      The capital markets are mostly quiet, amid a light news stream, and ahead of three key events in the coming days, with U.S. markets closed tomorrow and light participation expected on Friday.  These events are tomorrow's OPEC meeting, the flash euro area inflation reading on Friday, and ...Read more

    • Date: 26 Nov 2014

      In the middle of November, the CEO of Vodafone Vittorio Colao warned of a "prisoner's dilemma" in the efforts to offer bundled television and broadband services.  It makes sense for a company to seek unique content to differentiate it from others.  However, if all the ...Read more

    • Date: 21 Nov 2014

      Official comments have injected volatility into the foreign exchange market.  As we anticipated, Japanese officials pushed back against the seemingly free-fall in the yen sparked by the aggressive BOJ action and the diversification of the government pension funds.  Finance Minister Aso ...Read more

    • Date: 14 Nov 2014

      The revelation of the leaked Luxembourg tax files and the related reporting of the extent of the tax avoidance industry in the UK should come as little surprise. Tax legislation, and its enforcement in the UK, has been based on a school of thought that encourages the unchecked forces of supply ...Read more

    Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
    Wendell Philips
    He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation.
    James A. Garfield
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    Edmund Burke