Financial Stability Depends on the Real Estate Market

 Central banks have responded to the pandemic-induced downturn by sharply lowering interest rates and firing up their money printers, driving hot money into real estate. Prices and transaction volumes in a number of markets have begun to rise. Taiwan, which is no stranger to real estate speculation, looks increasingly attractive to global inve...

Get Tech Regulation Right Before Doing Fintech

Rather than the tech industry itself, the debate in the US over the role of technology companies the financial system is instead being driven by the experiences of a decidedly less advanced company: Walmart. Big tech has been steadily working to chip away at the advantages of banks, creating payment application scenarios, developing biometric tech...

A digital yuan won't resolve China's dollar hegemony dilemma

China's advent of a central bank digital currency has rekindled the world's interest in renminbi internationalization, which has stalled amid concern in Beijing about maintaining control over the financial system. It seems like a lifetime ago, but in the twilight of former Chinese leader Hu Jintao's second term some analysts predicted China would l...

The Trade War Must Go On?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, China's ruling Communist Party may well have preferred that Donald Trump win re-election this year. Yes, Trump's tariffs hurt the Chinese economy, while the U.S. sanctions on Huawei could cripple China's most successful global company. But Beijing has also been pleased with Trump's lack of interest in human rights a...

A Fresh Start for Taiwan's Financial Sector

At the 2020 Taiwan Capital Markets Forum, President Tsai Ying-wen said that the government will turn Taiwan into an “capital center to serve companies throughout Asia” and “Asian high-end asset management center,” injecting new vitality into the market by attracting international institutions and capital. Yet Taiwan has been...

China Further Opens Financial Sector to Foreign Companies

When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, it promised to remove most market barriers to foreign participation in its financial sector by 2006. In hindsight, that goal was unrealistic. Beijing sees the financial sector as strategic and will not allow foreign firms to dominate it as they do other industries. More than a decade passed....


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