Mapping Where Global Corruption Is Most (And Least) Rampant

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Yesterday, Transparency International released its 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index with the organization stating that the continued failure of most countries to control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world. Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes that the index ranks 180 countries and territories on perceived public sector corruption with 0 meaning “highly corrupt” and 100… Read More

FBI Arrests 2nd Chinese National For Stealing Trade Secrets From Apple

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Nothing puts a damper on trade talks like another indictment accusing a Chinese national of doing the exact thing (corporate espionage and stealing US trade secrets) that senior Trump Administration officials have been warning would be a deal-breaking for future negotiations. Days after the US filed a sweeping indictment against Huawei that included charges its… Read More

Nomura Spots A Key Risk In Today's Fed Message That "Most Are Not Aware Of"

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As discussed last night, going into today’s Fed decision there is a concern among traders that, as Nomura’s Charlie McElligott recaps today, it will be difficult for the Fed to not sound somewhat “hawkish” (relatively-speaking) and disappoint “doved-up” markets expectations following the recent policy outlook shift and the subsequent engineered market rally since the Dec… Read More

3 Things I Learned At Davos 2019

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Authored by Huw van Steenis via WEForum.com, The mood at Davos 2019 was the most uncertain in years. Trade tensions between the US and China, slowing global growth, the backlash against big tech, volatile markets and political standoffs are sowing seeds of doubt with investors and business leaders. It’s a long way from the heady exuberance of… Read More

Colombia Says It's Puzzled Over John Bolton's "5,000 Troops To Colombia" Note

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Colombia is downplaying Monday’s incident in which US national security advisor John Bolton perhaps inadvertently flashed the contents a yellow notepad he was holding during a White House press briefing to reveal handwritten text “5,000 troops to Colombia,” which was picked up by photographers. The words were seen scribbled behind “Afghanistan – welcome the talks” in apparent notes made… Read More

"5,000 Troops To Colombia" To Quell Venezuela Crisis? John Bolton Flashes Notepad Contents At Briefing

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During a Monday White House press briefing national security adviser John Bolton was photographed carrying a notepad — presumably as he was fresh out of a national security meeting — and one of the things which appears to be handwritten on the pad is “5,000 troops to Colombia”. The contents of the notepad were spotted almost immediately by multiple journalists… Read More

Huawei, 5G and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, by Godfree Roberts

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Wireless carriers around the world are sprinting to adopt 5G networks to power self-driving cars, virtual reality and smart cities. We’re talking about billions of devices on the same network, not just millions. First-adopter countries embracing 5G could sustain more than a decade of competitive advantage. Countries that adopt 5G first are expected to experience… Read More

Wescoal slides 11% after shock resignation of CEO, Waheed Sulaiman

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SHARES in Wescoal Holdings slid 11% by close of trade in Johannesburg on January 28 after it announced the resignation of Waheed Sulaiman, the company’s CEO. Sulaiman’s resignation, effective from January 31, comes as a surprise to both the investment market and, clearly, the company itself as Humphrey Mathe, an independent non-executive on Wescoal’s board,… Read More

Could Bosasa be Zuma’s smoking gun?

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LONDON — Former President Jacob Zuma has effectively danced around the legal processes linking him to state capture, refusing to respond to any of the claims – he also did not respond to a request from the Zondo Commission to give his version of events.  Although fingers have been pointed at an army of people… Read More