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Expansion plans Japanese (EWJ) convenience store chain 7-Eleven is expanding aggressively. The chain currently operates 62,000 stores in 18 countries across the globe through license and master franchise agreements.7-Eleven recently laid out its strategy for expansion the US (SPY) and...
Since the onset of 2016, China bond funds have seen capital outflows According to EPFR Global Research, China bond funds (DSUM) (KCNY) have been witnessing outflows for more than a year now. The flight of capital from China (FXP) (CHAD)...
China to opens its doors wider to international bond investors The Chinese government has given its consent for the Hong Kong-China Bond Connect scheme to be launched this year. The cross-border bond scheme would allow foreign investors to access China’s...
Valuations are still enticing Malaysia’s benchmark index-FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI equity index currently trades at a one year forward price to earnings (PE) ratio of 17x. In comparison, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (EWM) trades at a PE of 15.3x while the MSCI...
Foreign inflows Foreign investors are still underrepresented in Malaysia’s (EWM) bond and equity markets. With foreign inflows into emerging markets at 2006 peaks and predicted to touch $970 billion this year, Malaysia has immense potential for growth. “Foreign ownership in Malaysia’s equity and...
  Performance of stock markets Malaysian stock markets are turning around. As commodity prices recover and risks of a global slowdown and trade wars wane, many believe Malaysia (EWM) has immense potential for growth.Malaysia’s stock market has rebounded in 2017 after...
New transport links circumventing their obstructive neighbour could prove to be economic game-changers.Regional allies India and Afghanistan are stepping up their efforts to strengthen commercial ties with the development of air and land transport corridors bypassing Pakistan, which obstructs...
Affirmative action used to be about black and white. But new Chinese immigrants have “scrambled that traditional thinking,” and clashed with the so-called Chinatown Chinese.Sean Chen moved to the United States in 1998 after graduating from Shanghai’s Fudan University,...
The TMF Group has chosen 20 countries from the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for its Financial Complexity Index for 2017.We’ll take a closer look at the top three systems from the region in this article and also add another dimension...
WannaCry’s laid bare China’s addiction to pirated software and motivates Beijing to use its social credit system to penalize citizens using fake goods.The global WannaCry ransomware attack demonstrated the weaknesses in international computer networks. China emerged as one of...
The stock market in Vietnam has been steadily rising, as seen from the graph below, which plots the movement of the Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Stock Index, or the VN-Index. Its macroeconomic fundamentals are steady and it remains one...
Pivot towards the US Vietnam (VNM) has been working hard to infuse greater warmth into its relations with the US. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was recently in the US, where he met President Trump. This meeting was quite successful...

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