Iran Applies to Join China and Russia in BRICS

Iran, following a virtual summit last week where Chinese President Xi Jinping joined Russian President Vladimir Putin and other BRICS leaders, announced they would like to join BRICS themselves. The move, while an obvious cheap political ploy to divert from the G7 meeting going on over the weekend underscores the so-called outcast triad of Iran, China and Russia. The three nations have been largely labeled as outcasts for various reasons by the majority of the civilized world. The term BRIC … Continue reading “Iran Applies to Join China and Russia in BRICS”

South Korea Won Weakness Accelerates To 13 Year Low Against U.S. Dollar

The Japanese Yen and South Korean won have been falling sharply lower in 2022. The won has weakened more than 8% this year, following an 8.6% drop in 2021, which was the fastest annual fall since 2008. The Won on Thursday fell below the much talked about psychological threshold of 1,300 per U.S. dollar for the first time in 13 years, amid global economic recession worries and the dollar’s strength. The won weakened as much as 0.24% in onshore spot … Continue reading “South Korea Won Weakness Accelerates To 13 Year Low Against U.S. Dollar”

China Aims to Guide More Long-Term Foreign Investors into its Treasury Bonds

The breakdown of the Chinese property market exemplified by the Evergrande crisis coupled with the unknowns of the shadow banking debt rocked China in 2021. China has been responding to these vulnerabilities. A Ministry of Finance official on Wednesday pointed to changes in the Chinese treasury bond market. The official said China will issue a record amount of Treasury Bonds in 2022. The official added that China will guide overall interest rates lower for it’s Treasury Bond issuance in 2022. … Continue reading “China Aims to Guide More Long-Term Foreign Investors into its Treasury Bonds”

Chinese Property Developers Caught in Negative Credit Loop Says Moody’s

Property developers’ funding access will remain constrained in 2022. Offshore corporate bond defaults rose 28 per cent in first three quarters of 2021 and corporate bond defaults in China are expected to continue to rise in 2022 according to Moody’s Investors Service. Highly indebted property developers and enterprises owned by regional and local governments struggle to access new funding after a multi-year borrowing spree. Over the next four quarters, about 8.7 trillion yuan of onshore corporate debt is set to … Continue reading “Chinese Property Developers Caught in Negative Credit Loop Says Moody’s”

Record Taiwan Chip Production To Continue, Expanding Over 25% in 2022

The global chip supply is expected to get some relief from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) and the other Taiwanese Semiconductor manufacturers next year. A Taiwan government think tank forecasts output will grow 25.9% in 2021 to a 4.1 trillion New Taiwan dollars ($147 billion). Producers are struggling to keep up with the surging demand even as they invest in new capacity. A recent report published by Taiwan government think tank, The Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center (ISTI) … Continue reading “Record Taiwan Chip Production To Continue, Expanding Over 25% in 2022”

South Korea’s Hyundai Steel Launches First LNG Powered Ship in Eco-Friendly Plan

South Korea’s No. 2 steelmaker Hyundai Steel Co. in it’s carbon reduction plan is replacing its fleet of raw material carriers with eco-friendly ships. On Wednesday its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ship, “HL Oceanic,” made its maiden voyage. HL Oceanic was built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province. The LNG-powered ship is based exclusively on domestic technology, from ship design to construction, the localization level up to 97 percent of the ship price. The … Continue reading “South Korea’s Hyundai Steel Launches First LNG Powered Ship in Eco-Friendly Plan”

RBA Says Underlying Inflation at 2.5% Mid-Point Would Not Warrant Rate Rise

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Lowe in giving a speech after today’s release of the RBA November meeting minutes addressed what it would require for a rate rise in Australia. He spoke of varying inflation degrees and the difference domestically and globally.   Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Lowe speech:  Recent Trends in Inflation  Address to the Australian Business Economists (ABE)Online and Sydney – 16 November 2021  Speech Headlines via Reuters  Latest data, forecasts do not warrant a rate rise in 2022 Economy, … Continue reading “RBA Says Underlying Inflation at 2.5% Mid-Point Would Not Warrant Rate Rise”

India Buys Russian S-400 Surface to Air Missiles Ignoring US

India has begun receiving Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems ignoring the threat of what many see as an impotent US. with sanction threats. India sees them as a boost to New Delhi’s air defense capabilities with the threats along the borders with China and Pakistan. Significantly the delivery is happening ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India for an annual summit with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month. Source: NikkeiAsia From The TradersCommunity News Desk

Monetary Authority of Singapore Encouraging Crypto Firms To Operate In The Country

The Central Bank of Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore is in process of setting regulations in place encouraging cryptocurrency firms to operate in the island state. The move is to avoid “Singapore being left behind.”

China to Tighten Hold on Rare Earths Market By Creating Single State Entity Controlling 70% of Chinese Production

China controls the majority of rare earths and is looking to assert greater control over the sector. It will combine three rare-earths producers to create a single state-owned company with nearly 70% share of domestic production with a American companies dependent on rare earths the motive is clear. China wants to give the impression  the move is to accelerate the development of resources and processing technology. However. two factors stand out. One is an attempt to give Beijing control over … Continue reading “China to Tighten Hold on Rare Earths Market By Creating Single State Entity Controlling 70% of Chinese Production”