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Malaysian Scandal Still Casts Shadow Over Local Financial Markets

By Ron Corben A financial scandal involving Malaysia’s prime minister continues to cast a shadow over the country’s financial markets and politics a year after allegations of misuse of funds were raised. The spotlight fell dramatically on Malaysia’s state investment company, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), after media reports last year raised allegations that millions of dollars … Continue reading

Malaysian Scandal Deepens As $100M From 1MDB Said To Have Financed ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’

Sources within the FBI have confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that more than $100m of the production budget for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street came from a Malaysian state fund connected to a scandal that has damaged a senior Goldman Sachs banker and led investigators to examine the lifestyle of a notorious … Continue reading

Emerging Markets: What Has Changed This Week?

By Marc Chandler, Marc to Market Blog 1) PBOC appears to have confirmed a somewhat easier monetary stance 2) Malaysian Prime Minister Najib is consolidating his grip on power 3) Hungarian central bank Vice Governor Nagy hinted at more rate cuts 4) Press reports suggest South African Finance Minister Gordhan threatened to resign last week 5) Brazil … Continue reading

Time To Buy EM? BlackRock, Templeton, Goldman, And PIMCO Say Yes

Is now the right time to buy emerging market (EM) assets? A growing number of the world’s largest money managers are saying yes, such as BlackRock, Franklin Templeton, Goldman Sachs, and an adviser to PIMCO. Against a backdrop of an oil price crisis which has been battering economies, markets, and companies; alongside worries over a slowdown in global growth led … Continue reading

Emerging Market Preview: The Week Ahead

By Marc Chandler, Marc to Market Blog We think that it’s still too early to say whether Friday’s price action was simply profit-taking ahead of the weekend, or the resumption of overall negative market sentiment. We think the global backdrop remains conducive for risk, at least near-term. China concerns are on the back burner, while markets are … Continue reading

World War 3 Could Start This Month: 350,000 Soldiers In Saudi Arabia Stand Ready To Invade Syria

By Michael Snyder 350,000 soldiers, 20,000 tanks, 2,450 warplanes and 460 military helicopters are massing in northern Saudi Arabia for a military exercise that is being called “Northern Thunder”.  According to the official announcement, forces are being contributed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Sudan, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia … Continue reading

What To Expect In Southeast Asia In 2016

By Global Risk Insights 2016 will be an interesting year for Southeast Asia, as the region braces for changes in government (or none at all), implements the ASEAN economy community, and prepares for volatility with the rising tension of the South China Sea and the increasing risk of terrorist attacks.   Myanmar NLD needs to … Continue reading

Emerging Markets: Preview Of The Week Ahead

By Marc Chandler, Marc to Market Blog (from my colleagues Dr. Win Thin and Ilan Solot) EM starts the week on a soft footing.  The repercussions of the attacks in Paris are still unclear, but the dollar’s rise against the majors continues and is likely to keep it bid against EM currencies as well.  Equity markets continue … Continue reading

Emerging Markets: Week Ahead Preview

By Marc Chandler, Marc to Market Blog (from my colleagues Dr. Win Thin and Ilan Solot) EM starts the week off on softer footing, as Friday’s jobs report supports the notion of December Fed lift-off.   USD/ZAR is making new all-time highs, and we expect most of EM to revisit the lows from August and September as the … Continue reading

Divergence Update: Global Monetary Policy Cycles

By Marc Chandler, Marc to Market Blog (from my colleagues Dr. Win Thin and Ilan Solot) The global investment environment continues to be driven largely by divergences in central bank policies. This holds true not just across Developed Markets, but Emerging Markets as well.  We thought it would be helpful to summarize our expectations of central bank … Continue reading

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