Emerging Markets 31 Mar 2012 by Nisha Chacko

The BRICS takes a political stand against the west

The BRICS takes a political stand against the west

The BRICS heads of states meeting in New Delhi has produced some interesting developments, especially its politically hard stand against the west. This is happened when the world was watching how the BRICS which involves the future titans of the world economy can challenge the over dominance of the declining west.             Of course, the leaders avoided depicting the BRICS as an alternative organization, correcting the wrong doings of the industrialized west. But overall, the meeting made a clear statement that on issues related with development and politics, the forum is going to make a stand of its own. The Delhi declarat

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Emerging Markets 27 Mar 2012 by Kavitha Balachandran

The BRICS’s March towards currency cooperation

There is no doubt; the BRICS is an organization capable of changing the world economic affairs. Members of the BRICS community are the economic powers of the future. Adding to their prospects is the current trend of shrinking economies in the west, and thus the organization holds more glamour.                 The BRICS is in a process to chalk out mutually beneficial strategies to withstand the crisis emanating from the recessionary trends in the industrialized countries.  As the heads of states of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa meet in New Delhi, the world is watching the movement of th

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Emerging Markets 08 Mar 2012

China aims to launch renminbi as an international currency at the New Delhi BRICS

China aims to launch renminbi as an international currency at the New Delhi BRICS

Chinese Renmninbi is on the launch pad of being a world currency. The efforts by China to convert it into a hard currency substituting the US Dollar may reach a finishing point at the March end scheduled BRICS meeting at New Delhi.             China already has adopted a clear stand against the US Dollar as the global currency and suggested that Dollar should be replaced by IMF’s Special Drawing Rights.             It is not just the hard currency ambitions that motivate China to provide renmninbi loans to other BRICS countries. The country has a vast foreign exchan

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China & East Asia 05 Mar 2012

China's Premier Wen Jiabao warns slowdown

China's Premier Wen Jiabao warns slowdown

The last fortress against global recession is coming down. Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao in his speech to the parliament has declared that the problems in the world economy are penetrating into the Chinese economy. He said the government cuts the targeted GDP growth rate for this year to 7.5%. The premier has described that the evolving financial crisis and structural problems in the domestic economy are posing downward risks.  “The global financial crisis is still evolving. Some countries will find it hard to resolve the sovereign debt crisis anytime soon.” Wen commended about the situation.             The C

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China & East Asia 29 Feb 2012

India- China trade: high volume of machinery imports is a concern for India

India- China trade: high volume of machinery imports is a concern for India

India and China are having big potential in their bilateral trade. It is expected that both of them will lead the world economy in the coming decades. They are the fastest growing and they belong to the top 4 biggest economies of the world. China and India are the largest populated countries as well.              Perhaps, the most important aspect from the trade point is that both countries share boundaries and this means that the scope for cross border trade is bigger. Justifying to these positive factors, India- China trade is growing at a high pace. Trade between the two has reached a figure of US $75 billion in 2011.

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US and Europe 27 Feb 2012

G20 refuses greater global resources for settling Europe’s debt problem

G20 refuses greater global resources for settling Europe’s debt problem

Europe’s campaigning for securing funds for Greek bailout from the rest of the world has got a set back as the G20 meeting asked Europe to construct a bigger firewall on its own. Over the last few weeks, Europe was making efforts to secure money from the G20 countries through the IMF route. Before the Mexico City meeting of the G20, many countries especially from the emerging world were passive to the EU efforts. At the same time, many of them were critical of the EU method of exerting additional pressure on IMF for sorting out the debt problem. In the G20 meeting, the European efforts got a setback mainly because of the rather surprising opposition from the US.  The U

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US and Europe 25 Feb 2012

Kodak is not going to be alone in the 'Lost World'

Kodak is not going to be alone in the 'Lost World'

“The people, who were here yesterday, are not here today and will not come back” says a Malayalam funeral song. This is what is happening to the electronic industry right now. Kodak with its ‘golden moments’ is long lost after leaving nostalgic pains in the hearts of millions. Japan’s electronic industry is in a mess. Sony, Sharp and Panasonic have recorded a collective loss of US $17 billion in 2011. On the other side, fierce innovators are establishing from the new lands like South Korea and China. In nearly one hundred years of its history, the electronic industry was witnessing rapid changes over the last two decades. Computing and communication a

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China & East Asia 24 Feb 2012

China is slowly succumbing to global recession pressures

China is slowly succumbing to global recession pressures

The Chinese economy which had withstood all the global crisis situations over the last twenty five years is now showing signs of yielding to the current world recessionary pressures. Latest quarterly GDP growth rate trends, factory output data by various rating agencies indicate the Chinese economic growth rate is coming down from its traditional dragon figure of nearly 9%.   Bloomberg has estimated Chinese growth rate for 2012 at around 7.5%, compared to 8% estimate it prepared for the crisis year of 2008. Besides slowing trade and growth, few other macroeconomic problems are there for the Chinese regulators and the government to deal with right now. Steadily increasing inf

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Emerging Markets 22 Feb 2012

Emerging world need not swallow Europe's debt

Emerging world need not swallow Europe's debt

Next couple of weeks will see quick political engagements across the globe for securing funds for the second bailout package for Greece. This time the EU leaders are chasing the present heavyweights of the global economy, especially the emerging countries to mobilize funds for the $170 billion aid package to Greece. The US has already indicated that it will not contribute to the IMF to finance the bailout. Hence, the EU leaders are working hard to secure money from China, Japan, India and other emerging countries to finance the next phase of the Greek bailout. The EU leaders in their plan of disbursing the stressed Greek assets all over the world using the IMF window, implic

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US and Europe 21 Feb 2012

India may not join Euro-zone rescue team seriously

India may not join Euro-zone rescue team seriously

India may not contribute to the IMF sponsored efforts to fund the next phase of Greek bailout. A hint on this is visible from the fact that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will not be participating in the coming G20 meeting of the financial ministers scheduled to begin on February 24 in Mexico City because of the Budget preparation work at home.   India’s reluctance to join the IMF lead bailout initiative is to be read along with the attitude of other major G20 countries. On the previous day, Japan and China decided to contribute to the Euro-zone rescue efforts. The Japanese Finance Minister Mr. Jun Azumi hinted that Japan and China are ready to put money into the IMF

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