New G-7 infrastructure plan offers alternative to China Belt & Road

The Group of 7 has announced a new infrastructure funding program that could rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative. One expert says the G-7’s plan offers hope to developing countries but it remains to be seen whether it can match the BRI. On Sunday, the US and the other members of the G-7 including Canada, … Read more

G-7 nations face threat of Russia shutting down more gas

Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a toast as he takes part in the XIV BRICS summit in virtual format via a video call, in Moscow on June 23, 2022. Michael Metzel | AFP | Getty Images The Group of 7 nations need to brace for a complete shutdown of Russian gas pipelines in the near … Read more

Banking body BIS urges decisive wave of global rate hikes to stem inflation

The world’s central bank umbrella body, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), has called for interest rates to be raised “quickly and decisively” to prevent the surge in inflation turning into something even more problematic. The Swiss-based BIS has held its annual meeting in recent days, where top central bankers met to discuss their current … Read more

European markets open to close, data, earnings, G-7, Ukraine

LONDON — European stocks moved higher on Monday, continuing a positive trend seen at the end of last week’s trading. The pan-European Stoxx 600 index added 0.7% in early trade, with basic resources jumping 2.9% to lead gains as all sectors and major bourses entered positive territory. The higher open on Monday comes after the … Read more

European stocks open to close as recession fears continue

LONDON — European stocks were lower Thursday, as global markets see renewed volatility after a brief recovery following last week’s tumultuous trading. The pan-European Stoxx 600 dropped 0.5% by late morning, having recovered more than half of its earlier losses. Banks fell 1.5% while travel and leisure stocks gained 1.1%. In terms of individual share … Read more

European markets open to close, data, earnings, central banks

LONDON — European stocks inched slightly higher on Monday after a tumultuous trading week last week. The pan-European Stoxx 600 added 0.2% in early trade, with travel and leisure stocks climbing 1.1% to lead gains while construction and material stocks fell 1.2%. The modest gains for Europe today came after a turbulent week of trading … Read more

China real estate troubles sent debt indicator to record high

Fixed asset investment data for the first five months of 2022 showed real estate investment declined at a greater scale than it did during the first four months of the year. Pictured here on May 16 is a development in Huai’an City in Jiangsu province in east China. CPHOTO | Future Publishing | Getty Images … Read more

100 bps rate hike is ‘medicine to stop this inflation’

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel is calling for a 100 basis point rate hike, and says markets may be “close to the bottom.” A 100 basis point rate hike by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday will be “medicine to stop this inflation,” the Wharton professor of finance at the University of Pennsylvania told CNBC on Wednesday. “The … Read more

May retail, industrial production, fixed asset investment

New energy vehicles, which include hybrid and battery-powered cars, have seen sales surge in China despite a slump in the overall car market. Pictured here is an unnamed new energy vehicle factory in Jiangsu province on June 13, 2022. Wan Shanchao | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — China released economic data for … Read more

Russia cuts key interest rate back to prewar level

National flag flies over the Russian Central Bank headquarters in Moscow, Russia May 27, 2022. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters The Central Bank of Russia on Friday cut its key interest rate by 150 basis points to 9.5% — the level it was at when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began. Although acknowledging that the external environment … Read more