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IMF sees significant cut in sub-Saharan Africa growth over virus

IMF sees significant cut in sub-Saharan Africa growth over virus

The International Monetary Fund will slash its projection for economic growth for one of the world’s fastest expanding regions due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

China readies stimulus steps as local virus cases dwindle

China readies stimulus steps as local virus cases dwindle

China’s authorities plan stronger steps to revive an economy hit by the spread of coronavirus, as the nation yesterday reported no new locally transmitted infections for the previous day.

Japan’s PM vows stimulus to cushion economy from virus

Japan’s PM vows stimulus to cushion economy from virus

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday promised an unprecedented package of steps to cushion the world’s third-biggest economy from the coronavirus pandemic, saying the country was close to a national emergency as infections surged.

China eases financing rules to help firms tap stock markets

China eases financing rules to help firms tap stock markets

When China relaxed financing rules a few weeks ago to help its struggling companies tap capital markets for cash, what ensued was a flurry of issuance announcements not seen in years.

Fund rebalancing could help buoy equity rebound on Wall Street

Fund rebalancing could help buoy equity rebound on Wall Street

Money managers rebalancing their portfolios to boost equity exposure into the end of the quarter may support the nascent stock rally that has followed the steep coronavirus-fuelled market drop.

Fed lifeline shields bond funds teetering on brink of ETF ‘hell’

Fed lifeline shields bond funds teetering on brink of ETF ‘hell’

The Federal Reserve’s unprecedented step into US corporate bonds helped cure many of the massive dislocations in exchange-traded funds – and may have saved mutual funds from a similar fate.

Health expert lauds Qatar’s potential as regional medical tourism hub

Health expert lauds Qatar’s potential as regional medical tourism hub

Qatar has the potential to attract local and international clients as a major medical tourism hub in the region, a health expert has said.

Qatar’s 'very strong' external and fiscal positions support ratings affirmation: S&P

Qatar’s 'very strong' external and fiscal positions support ratings affirmation: S&P

S&P Global Ratings said that its affirmation of Qatar’s 'AA-/A-1+' ratings with a stable outlook is “supported by Qatar’s very strong external and fiscal positions.”

Worldwide dollar crunch raises red flags in Asia debt market

Worldwide dollar crunch raises red flags in Asia debt market

As the shortage of dollars sweeps the globe, cracks are starting to show up in Asia’s emerging markets, despite the hefty foreign-reserve cushions built up over the years.

Most Asia bourses end higher on stimulus pledges, policy easing

Most Asia bourses end higher on stimulus pledges, policy easing

Asian equities mostly rose and the dollar extended losses yesterday, with traders buoyed by government and central bank pledges to prop up the global economy as the coronavirus sends countries into lockdown.

The gold market is being tested like never before

The gold market is being tested like never before

From South Africa’s ultra-deep mine shafts to vaults underneath London, from metals traders in New York skyscrapers to main-street sellers of coins: The global gold market is being tested like never before.

JPMorgan’s equity derivatives haul said to soar to $1.5bn

JPMorgan’s equity derivatives haul said to soar to $1.5bn

Revenue is swelling in a key part of JPMorgan Chase & Co’s trading division as its teams stay engaged through violent price swings that have prompted some market players to pull back. The bank’s equity derivatives traders have generated roughly $1.5bn in revenue so far this year

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