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How Long Can China Internet ‘Gold Rush’ Last?

Investors use bonds to enter the China internet sector. Now, U.S.-listed firms are in a fund-raising frenzy. Is the time right? Breakingviews’ Peter Thal Larsen expresses his doubt to Reuters’ Tara Joseph… All That Glitters is Gold Tara Joseph says: “Maybe we should just call it the Chinese Internet sector gold rush, Peter. Two Chinese U.S.-listed firms, Vipshop and...

Greece Passes Reform Bill, But At a Price

A recent strike by seamen at Greece’s Piraeus (its main port) threw off schedules for ferries, which link Greece to its many islands. Both Piraeus and Greece’s other main commercial port are now up for sale. George Vlachos, the Captain and President of the Panhellenic Association of Commercial Vessel Captains, shares his stance on the...

Microsoft Makes Big Bet on Apple’s iPad

Microsoft (MSFT) is no longer holding a poker face. All bets are on the iPad. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella reveals the Microsoft Office designed for iPad. This is a huge step for Microsoft. Do we smell change in the business plan? Satya Nadella says, “Our commitment going forward is to drive Office 365 everywhere – that means...

E-Waste: Kenya’s Diamond in the Rough

Kenya hit the jackpot.  It’s been sitting on this lucrative business for a while, and now, e-waste is turning into e-profits… Nairobi’s Kibera district, a place far off from wealth and prosperity, with most of it’s population (0ne million) living on less than minimum wage, is Africa’s largest slum. But a new source of income...

Tycoon Sees Pitfalls, And Potential in The New Myanmar

After hibernating from the global investment world, decades later… Myanmar is ready to open its gates. Chairman of Singapore-listed conglomerate Yoma Strategic, Serge Pun, shares why he believes now is the time to strike. The company specializes in real estate, financial services and agriculture in Pun’s native land (Myanmar). Pun, by the way, is estimated...

Thailand Crisis Lurches From Bad to Worse

Though the calm returns to Bangkok, don’t be deceived. The Thailand crisis is about to escalate into a full-blown economic fallout. Reuters‘ Tara Joseph interviews Breakingviews’ Andy Mukherjee about this standoff between farmers and Thailand’s elite… Tara Joseph: “Oh, Thailand, Andy. Land of tourism, agriculture and absolutely fabulous food. However, it is a political mess, and it doesn’t look...

Home Affordability is the Thing This Spring

As the new season springs forward, so do home buyers. The housing market resembles a scene of Hunger Games. May the odds be forever in your favor… Relocating from Vegas, Simon and Leanne Laming are excited to move into their new home. Frankly, they feel lucky for finding a house in their price range, given...

Yellen Signals Fed Nearer to Rate Rise

The 6.5 % jobless benchmark went out the window, along with Wall Street’s composure, when Fed Chair Janet Yellen announced that the Fed may be hiking the interest rates sooner than expected. And frankly, the jobless rate is no longer a strong enough indicator of when the hiking should take place… Janet’s startling comments during...