from Breakingviews:

Alibaba deal spree strains its financial strength

March 24, 2015

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma reacts while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in Taipei March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma reacts while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in Taipei March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

from MacroScope:

Currency concerns everywhere

By Mike Peacock
March 24, 2015

A bureau de change operator counts U.S. currency notes in Abuja

Currency concerns in the central banking world have come to the fore again.

Sweden cut interest rates further into negative territory out of the blue last week, fearing its strong currency will engender deflation. The Swiss National Bank said it would aim to weaken what it sees as a "significantly overvalued" franc. And the Bank of England flagged the risk that sterling could strengthen further and leave inflation below target for longer.

from The Great Debate:

Allies of convenience: China’s Xi Jinping’s just not that into Vladimir Putin

By William Johnson
March 24, 2015

Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China's President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon RTR4DN94

from Breakingviews:

Tronchetti and China pitch Pirelli price cleverly

March 23, 2015

REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

China’s world bank has rickety foundations

March 20, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

China’s capital flight lands on New York doorsteps

March 19, 2015

Lower Manhattan is seen just after sunrise from the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Lower Manhattan is seen just after sunrise from the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

from The Great Debate:

Islamic militant threat in China is real, not just propaganda

By William Johnson
March 18, 2015

Police wearing sashes hold placards during a ceremony to award those who the authorities say participated in "the crackdown of violence and terrorists activities" in Hotan

Police wearing sashes hold placards during a ceremony to award those who the authorities say participated in "the crackdown of violence and terrorists activities" in Hotan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

from MacroScope:

Another Russian rate cut?

By Mike Peacock
March 13, 2015

A cashier takes a 500-rouble banknote from a cash register as she serves a customer at the Vinoteka specialised wine and vodka store in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

Russia’s central bank meets having unexpectedly cut its key policy rate in January by 200 basis points to 15 percent, raising a question mark over its independence from political pressure, given inflation rose to a 13-year high of 16.7 percent in February.

from The Great Debate:

Coming attractions: How long before most movies are translated from Chinese?

By Krishna Jayakar
March 13, 2015

A boy and his father pose for a photo next to a model of the Transformers character Bumblebee in central Beijing

A boy and his father pose for a photo next to a model of the Transformers character Bumblebee in front of Qianmen Gate in central Beijing, June 20, 2014. The replica is part of a promotional campaign ahead of the world premiere of the movie "Transformers: Age of Extinction" on June 27 around the globe. REUTERS/Jason Lee

from Breakingviews:

Kaisa haircut is bad omen for China property debt

March 9, 2015

By Peter Thal Larsen

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.