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TWO major divorces are in the making in March. The obvious one is Brexit, which officially occurs on March 29. The other is the deadline for the US-China trade negotiations on March 1, when US tariffs on US$200bil worth of Chinese imports will increase from 10% to 25%.
MAJOR international institutions and almost all market consensuses are forecasting the global economy, which was firing on all cylinders in 2018, is now looking to grow less strongly in 2019, moving from a synchronised growth to less synchronised global growth.
MANULIFE Asset Management global chief economist Megan E. Greene foresees three key issues taking centre stage this year.
TOKYO/HONG KONG: Japanese share buybacks have hit a record this fiscal year and are set to maintain the booming growth as cash-rich companies bow to pressure from investors and the government to boost returns and improve governance.
TOKYO: A Nissan Motor governance committee will recommend the appointment of an external director as board chairman, a role distinct from company chairman, in a move to decentralise power at the top level, the Nikkei business daily reported.
SINGAPORE: Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will aim to strike a delicate balance in today’s budget: preaching fiscal prudence while doling out more social spending ahead of elections that could come as early as this year.
KUALA LUMPUR: Moody's Investors Service expects global sovereign and supranational sukuk issuance to recover this year and exceed its all-time high of US$93bil by 2020, possibly sooner, if oil prices remain moderate.