IHS-Markit $13 bln merger is long on hope

March 21, 2016

A bigger, diverse data company could cross-sell to different clients, the theory goes. Markit’s shareholders could end up roughly 10 pct better off. But extra revenue of $100 mln looks aspirational. Big share buybacks and high debts could hobble investment in new products.

Financial tech has as much to gain as fear from D.C.

November 4, 2015

A new lobbying group of five big Silicon Valley firms reflects concerns that Washington may not understand the benefits of booming fintech. Banks have long made similar complaints about Uncle Sam. Like them, the industry needs to realize that regulation can help rein in excess.

Edward Hadas: The uses and abuses of GDP

May 20, 2015

The standard measure of output is a useful indicator of short-term trends. It can also help compare levels of development. In poor countries, faster GDP growth is a good policy goal. But in richer countries, GDP-think misses important economic changes and challenges.

China’s positive data hides healthy economic pain

April 10, 2012

Surprisingly high inflation and a big monthly trade surplus are misleading. Producer prices are falling and exports slowing. But the news is not bad enough to provoke monetary stimulus. Reformers think slowing growth pains are required to make China’s economy more balanced.

China slows down just enough

By Wei Gu
August 2, 2010

Evidence that China is slowing sounds like fodder for double-dip doom-mongers. But investors have taken a fall in the manufacturing index to a 17-month low in their stride. With further cooling measures now looking unnecessary, they are probably right to be sanguine.