Friday, 25 July 2008

Temasek Selling Merrill Lynch

One writer said, “Should we just move on? I do not think so. The patently huge mistake is not merely the result of recklessness but rather a systemic lack of accountability in making some of our largest investments.

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Thursday, 24 July 2008

Angry Youth: The new generation’s neocon nationalists

On the morning of April 15th, a short video entitled “2008 China Stand Up!” appeared on Sina, a Chinese Web site. The video’s origin was a mystery: unlike the usual YouTube-style clips, it had no host, no narrator, and no signature except the initials “CTGZ.”

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Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Halfway through a bear market rally

Why a bear market rally not a bull market?

Valuations are cheap but should be cheaper.

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Lost in the new Beijing: The old neighbourhood

BEIJING: Historical cycles that took a century to unfold in the West can be compressed into less than a decade in today’s China. And that’s as true of Beijing’s preservation movement as it is of the nation’s ferocious building boom.

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Why have oil prices been falling?

Oil prices have risen to record levels in recent weeks, with traders in London and New York paying more than $147 a barrel for crude oil at its peak on 11 July.

But since then, prices have fallen on both sides of the Atlantic, dipping almost 13% to a low of $128.23 for a barrel for US light sweet crude on 18 July, and down 10% to $129.66 for Brent crude.

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Monday, 21 July 2008

World’s Most Economically Powerful Cities

What’s the world’s most economically powerful city?

If you picked New York or Tokyo, you’d be wrong.

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Special Makeup Effects

Sunday, 20 July 2008

How emotional pain can really hurt

Love really does hurt, just as poets and song lyric writers claim.

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Raising the bar

A rare slip-up in court by Singapore’s elder statesman, Lee Kuan Yew

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What happens if oil prices rebound sharply?

The direction of change of international oil prices during the remainder of the year will, in our view, heavily influence the near-term fate of the global economy and international financial markets. Falls in global oil prices, of the kind we have seen over the past few days, clearly brighten the prospects for the global economy. Conversely, a possible return to rapid increases in oil prices could have a disastrously negative influence on global growth.