U.S.-China tariffs, oil and currencies

SINGAPORE — Markets in Asia-Pacific were subdued in early trade on Tuesday, as investors weighed a possible thawing of U.S.-China trade relations as U.S. President Joe Biden floated the idea of tariff cuts on Chinese goods. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was down 0.4% in early trading, while the Topix was lower by 0.2%. South … Read more

IMF head says stablecoins not backed by assets are a pyramid, hinting at UST

DAVOS, Switzerland — Stablecoins that are not backed by assets to support them are a pyramid scheme, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Monday, hinting at the collapse of terraUSD and luna that sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency market. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency that aims to track another asset. In the … Read more

Tether (USDT) stablecoin withdrawals top $10 billion

Tether claims its dollar-pegged token is “fully backed.” Justin Tallis | Afp | Getty Images Investors have yanked more than $10 billion out of tether in the past two weeks amid heightened regulatory scrutiny over stablecoins. Tether, the world’s largest stablecoin, has seen its circulating supply plunge from a record $84.2 billion on May 11 … Read more

Asia Markets: Stocks, economic growth, earnings

SINGAPORE — Shares in the Asia-Pacific region were poised to open mixed on Monday as global concerns continue to plague markets. In Japan markets, the Nikkei futures contract in Chicago was at 26,920, while its counterpart in Osaka was at 26,750. The Nikkei 225 closed at 26,739.03 on Friday. Australia’s SPI futures were at 7,129, … Read more

Traders are lining up to short the British pound with a recession on the horizon

British Union flag, also known as a Union Jack, and an American flag at ETX Capital, a broker of contracts-for-difference. The pound has fallen more than 8% against the dollar, and is attracting short bets from traders as the British economy faces soaring inflation and a cost-of-living crisis. Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg | Getty Images … Read more

China benchmark lending rate, Wall Street losses

SINGAPORE — Shares in the Asia Pacific markets rose on Friday, with Hong Kong stocks leading gains as a volatile trading week comes to a close. The Hang Seng index jumped 2.2% in early trade and was last up 1.85%, while the Hang Seng Tech index spiked 3.55%. Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong traded … Read more

What does it mean for investors as the pair nears parity?

The euro sign sculpture stands outside the former European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday, July 3, 2016. Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg | Getty Images The euro is nearing parity with the U.S. dollar for the first time in 20 years, but currency strategists are divided on whether it will get there, … Read more

Japan’s Nikkei 225 falls more than 2% as Asia-Pacific stocks fall

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific slipped Thursday morning after heavy losses on Wall Street overnight. The Nikkei 225 in Japan slipped 2.63% in early trade while the Topix index shed 2.31%. Japan’s exports rose 12.5% year-on-year in April, data from the country’s Ministry of Finance showed Thursday. That was lower than expectations for a 13.8% … Read more

As inflation slows and ruble rallies, Russia is hoping to avoid a crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pool | Reuters Russia believes it has swerved a financial crisis as its currency rallies and economic data improves, but strategists say the numbers mask some ugly truths for Moscow. Although inflation in the country is running hot, there are signs that price rises are slowing and will continue to do … Read more

Japan’s Nikkei 225 rises 1% as Asia-Pacific stocks rise

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific rose in Wednesday morning trade as investors watch for market reaction to comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on his resolve to raise rates till inflation comes down. The Nikkei 225 in Japan gained about 1% as shares of conglomerate SoftBank Group jumped 2.77%. The Topix index traded … Read more