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How Western Economies Can Avoid the Japan Trap
With the return of Europe's economic doldrums and signs of a coming growth slowdown in the United States, advanced economies could be at risk of falling into the same kind of long-term rut that has captured Japan. To avoid that outcome, policymakers must recognize and address the deeper structural forces at work. NEW YORK – Not too long ago, the
Ripple to Expand Asian Operations, Double Its Headcount in Singapore
Ripple, the American blockchain heavy, is reportedly looking to make waves in Asia. According to the Business Times (paywall), Ripple is set to expand its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. It plans to double its staff from 12 to 24 over the year, adding business development and partnership roles, and to broaden its range of operations beyond customer services. “The demand
Nautilus Labs Aims to Boost Fleet Efficiency as Imo 2020 Fuel Costs Loom Over Ocean Freight
Deck officers on ships are trained in a number of skills, such as firefighting, emergency medicine, survival at sea and celestial navigation. Include in that meter reading. Every day, they help compile what's called a "noon report," the once-a-day report of a ship's speed, position, fuel use and other data that is sent back to landside operations in order to
The Framing Effect And Bitcoin
  With the recent rally of the crypto market, perspective buyers are seemingly coming out of the woodwork. BTC reached $5000 early Tuesday morning, a price that the market hadn’t seen since November of last year when a BTC hard fork caused the market to tumble from $6000 down to a yearly low of just around $3200. vjkombajn / Pixabay
Barbarians at the Gate? Chinese Banks Ramp up Fintech Spending Amid Growing Competition From Internet Firms
It looks like the Chinese fintech arms race is starting to get interesting. According to the South China Morning Post, Chinese commercial banks have ramped up their fintech investments as the likes of Tencent and slowly “chip away at their businesses.” China Construction Bank reportedly increased fintech development to 2.2% of operating income in 2018 – a 22% climb
Japan Is Getting Serious About Cryptocurrency
After a disastrous 2018, the cryptocurrency market is bouncing back in 2019. Japan is one of the global hubs for cryptocurrency trading, and the Asian nation has been making plenty of cryptocurrency headlines in recent weeks. Two New Players YAHOO JAPAN COR/ADR YAHOY is set to launch a new cryptocurrency exchange, Taotao, starting in May. Read more at Benzinga. Photo: Melv_L
Coworking Industry Steadily Growing
According to the latest coworking report by Cushman & Wakefield, the potential for growth in the coworking industry is evident. Pexels / Pixabay Coworking spaces currently account for only 1% of total office inventory across 87 markets, but they are predicted to represent between 5% and 10% of inventory in the coming years. [REITs] Q4 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops
Emerging Markets: Don’t Be Spooked by Bleak Headlines
Signs of a recovery in emerging markets early this year have given way to worries about China’s economic slowdown and sluggish growth in Europe and Japan. But beyond the negative headlines we think many risks that weighed on the market last year have faded and the earnings outlook is relatively strong. Will the 2019 Rebound Continue? Last year was not
Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare – What Would That Look Like?
AI, Healthtech
There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence, or AI, is making its mark on several industries. Although the public is fascinated by AI’s numerous possibilities in entertaining and gaming, more urgent AI applications can be found in the health care industry. What follows is an overview of several ways AI can be applied to health care, emphasizing its role in predicting
Quarterly Review of Asia's Markets
China and Asia are once again at the forefront of many investors' minds. Investors have taken notice of a potential resolution to the trade dispute with the U.S., the pause in Federal Reserve tightening and the curtailing of the U.S. dollar's rally, along with headlines suggesting China is looking to stimulate growth. In meetings with clients across Europe, Latin America