In a break through development, Google has agreed to pay 130 mn pound taxes demanded by the authorities in UK. The tax attracted global attention at a time when most digital companies were shifting profits to tax havens after reaping revenues in one jurisdiction. According to UK tax authorities, Google paid only £20.5 mn in tax in 2013 out of its UK revenues of $5.6 bn. As per the agreement, Google will start paying tax for its advertisement revenues from UK including a part of the profit. Google’s action will have wide implications as several other countries have initiated similar measures as UK. Similarly, the OECD has launched BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting
China has officially confirmed that its growth rate in 2015 was 6.9%, the lowest growth the country has registered during the last twenty five years. The official data about the economy’ performance came at a time when financial markets and policy makers fearing a backlash from the slowing Chinese economy. Data was revealed by National Bureau of Statistics- China’s national income accounting entity. Chinese official media- the global times has described the growth rate as ‘within the people’s expectations’. Premeier Li Kequiang has mentioned the increasing downward pressure on the economy that is complicated by poor global demand. The declining grow
Iran is reentering into the world market in full swing. After the West imposed sanctions are removed today, the OPEC member can engage the market with its traditional product-crude oil. The Persian Gulf country was the second largest producer of oil in the OPEC in 2011. Iran has made limited supplies during the sanction period; but was unable to make an impact as its production was quite low. Now, Tehran is expected to add around 2 million barrels of crude per day, and it will become the fourth largest producer after Russia, Saudi Arabia and the US. Production is expected to peak after six months from now and reports indicate that Iran is not wary of the present low price of crud
The IMF has cautioned that there is no escape for the emerging countries from the ongoing recession emitted by the advanced bloc. Trends show that in the immediate future, the growth trend of the developing and advanced countries will converge. IMF’s Director General Ms Chrsitine Legarde in a meeting of the monetary economists in Paris told that there is no escape for the vibrant EMEs, but to get into the recession trend in a year or two. Ms Legarde reminded that the slowdown of the emerging countries will further dip down growth in the advanced world. One percent decline of growth in the emerging world will reduce GDP of the advanced countries by 0.2%. Alread
Crude prices that reached its eleven year low and trading near to early $30s may fall to new lows. According to ace forecasters, decline of the world’s largest commodity buyer- China, may push oil to the new lows. Morgan Stanley has predicted that China’s economic uncertainty and its spread effect on the rest of the Emerging Markets may bring down crude prices to $20. In the past, investment bankers and rating agencies have made varied prediction for the future price path of crude extending from $20 to $80. Other major trackers of crude –Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch also reported that a scoop to $20s is very possible. Crude price
After prolonged loss of the currency’s value and frequent shut down of the stock market, China has launched stringent measures to correct its market and currency. Reports from financial quarters indicate that the government and the central bank are issuing unpublished warnings to banks and corporate to stop buying dollars beyond a level. This latest move on checking dollar outflow, which is called capital control, is usually adopted by an ordinary developing country while facing foreign currency scarcity. The Peoples Bank of China has already sold significant amount of Dollar into the foreign exchange market to stop further depreciation of its currency. In December itself,
Oil has found a new messiah for escaping from the present downward scoop- political tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran. After staying for a considerable period around the somewhat ‘new low normal’ of near $ 35, Brent- the most quoted index has resurged to $38.8 in the first New Year trading day. Escalation of tension between the two largest OPEC producers will definitely cause upward price pressure; bringing joy to both countries. So far, trends reveal that market is following the tension so intensively apart from anything else and it may control price movement in the immediate future. Both Suadi Arabia and Iran were muscling in Yemen throughout last year and the
Stock markets across Asia that opened for the first time in 2016 witnessed sharp falls after China’s manufacturing sector reported contraction. The contraction of manufacturing sector in China was reported in the Nikkei Asian Review index which was brought by Japan’s publications giant - Nikkei. The worst trend happened in China where stock trading has stopped after leading indices – the Shanghai composite and the Shenzhen Composite fell by around 7% on Monday morning. The stock market reaction came after the official manufacturing index of China – Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) reported a decline indicating contraction of manufacturing activities f
World’s largest oil producer, Saudi Arabia brought several austerity programmes on Monday in its effort to adjust with the continuing oil price slide. The austerity measures include spending cuts, subsidy reform and call for privatization. Saudi Arabia’s budget deficit is expected to be a staggering 15 per cent of GDP in 2015. IMF has warned that Saudi Arabia may empty its foreign exchange reserves in five years if it makes deficit like the size of the current year. After the oil slide, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency has withdrawn $70bn in funds managed by overseas financial institutions. The Kingdom’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen by almost $73bn th
China on Friday has formally established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing. "The AIIB is legally established as the Articles of Agreement take effect today," intimated China’s Minster of Finance, Lou Jiwei in Beijing. The AIIB was formally established after 17 countries having 50.1% votes ratified it. According to the AIIB Charter, if at least 10 signatories with a combined voting strength of at least 50% ratify the Charter, the institution comes into effective. The bank with headquarter in Beijing has 57 members at present. Chinese officials repeatedly indicated that membership will be expanded in future as important countries like Japan yet to joi
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