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Christine Lagarde’s nomination as president of the European Central Bank (ECB) takes Mario Draghi a step closer to the end of his term. The Italian academic will step down in October after eight momentous years, during which he made the ECB the most important institution in the monetary union.That doesn’t mean, however, that he should retire from front-line policymaking. A job swap with Lagarde, which would see Draghi become the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), would be a boon for the global economy.
HONG KONG: China’s Centurium Capital, a big backer of domestic startup Luckin Coffee, said it has raised more than US$2bil in its debut fund, giving the private equity firm more firepower to cut deals involving the world’s second largest economy.
KUALA LUMPUR: The crude palm oil (CPO) futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives extended gains to close higher, amid expectation of lower production in the coming weeks, a dealer said.
SYDNEY: Australia's central bank on Tuesday cut interest rates for the second time in as many months as it strives to revive a sluggish economy and reduce unemployment, a tough task that may yet require even more stimulus.
LONDON: Defensive equity strategies focused on high payouts and steady earnings have gained in popularity this year as investors flock to safety, worried the biggest stock market rally in decades is about to come crashing down.
THE Penang property market, over the short to medium term, is expected to be challenging as a result of strong incoming supply of new units.
HONG KONG: Immigration consultants in Hong Kong have seen a dramatic surge in inquiries, especially from the young, after mass protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China from the Asian financial hub for trial.