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October 23, 2019

Broken China

On Friday, China revealed its economy grew by 6% in the third quarter of this year – lower than economists had predicted, and its weakest growth rate since 1992. China’s retail spending and “industrial output” (stuff made in factories) held up last quarter, but “investment spending” appeared to fall short of expectations. When Chinese companies slow down their investments, it usually results in fewer imports, since they need fewer items from abroad.

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KraneShares Advisors

October 22, 2019

MSCI Responds to Rubio, New Orient Education (EDU) Earnings Exceed Expectations

Asian equity markets had a strong day except for India, which was an outlier by declining on the day, and Japan, which was closed. Hong Kong and Mainland China had the dual tailwinds of continued positive coverage of trade talks and the PBOC’s injection of liquidity into the interbank market. It was a fairly quiet day with Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng providing positive trade talk commentary.

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October 17, 2019

Why Alternative Data Is the Latest Power Tool on the Investor’s Belt

Alternative data is nothing new in the world of finance. Analysts and industry watchers have always relied on non-financial inputs that have an impact on financial developments. The weather, spending habits, fashion trends, popular hangouts, social unrest: Any one and all of those datasets can affect economic activity and gives analysts context on top of traditional financial information, like a company’s earnings or market data.

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BMO Global Asset Management

October 17, 2019

Substantial Phase One Deal

The outline for a limited trade deal was announced on Friday between the US and China which involves the US postponing increasing tariffs on $250B of Chinese goods from 25% to 30%, which was scheduled for October 15. In return, China agreed to increase agricultural purchases and make some modest concessions on access to its financial markets and curbs on intellectual property theft. The December tariff hikes were not addressed and no concessions were made on Huawei.

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Wells Fargo Asset Management

October 17, 2019

India in Person: Watching a Transformation Unfold

During a trip to India, visits to a shopping mall and the basement of a jewelry store provide unique perspectives on the Indian economy and consumer experience. This conversation features highlights from the publication, Market Traveler, created by Wells Fargo Asset Management.

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