Depending where you live, that cup of coffee could be costing you a small fortune. Based on recent data, drinking a cup of java in the Middle East can set you back US$6.00. Denmark (Copenhagen) is home to the Europe?s most expensive coffee (excluding coffee at Venice?s ?rip-off central? St. Mark?s Square. China?s two largest…

The Chinese yuan has weakened against the U.S. dollar and if there continues to be more trade conflicts between the U.S. and China, China?s economy will be affected more thus putting further downside pressure on the yuan as it will increase the price of commodities locally and will impact negatively on Chinese exporter profits. We…

Investors are watching as the world?s two largest economies tiptoe around a trade war. On July 6th, President Trump carried out his threat and slapped $34 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods. Immediately China reciprocated and imposed tariffs on U.S. goods from soybeans to Teslas. Four days later President Trump escalated the feud and…

The two political sagas in Italy and Spain came to an end after Italy?s populist parties cobbled together a new government to end a three-month impasse while Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was ousted. However, while we believe the concerns that had rocked markets will continue to persist, now is not time to exit equities…

HXL remains positive on economic growth in Indonesia this year despite the country suffering the second biggest investor outflow in Southeast Asia as overseas investors unload Indonesia stocks over mounting domestic political and economic concerns. However, we believe there is still attractive buying opportunities as there are indications that consumption has returned to the country….

HXL has always maintained that the United States and China will avoid an all-out trade war given it would be not in the best interest for the world?s top two economies. Though President Xi Jinping?s keynote address at the recent Boao Forum for Asia offered little new policy initiatives, the Chinese leader reaffirmed pledges to…

With China?s lawmakers continuing its discussions at its annual legislative and political advisory in Beijing, HXL has been analysing what has been released and what does it mean for equities in China. The National People?s Congress brings almost 3,000 delegates from all over China; including some of the country?s richest and most influential businesspeople, to…

Malaysia faces higher interest rates, currency risks and a contentious election battle in 2018 that will test Prime Minister Najib Razak?s grip on power. Malaysia has benefited from a global trade recovery and a pickup in domestic spending, with economic growth probably reaching 5.9% in 2017. We expect trade to slow from 10% in 2017…

  From macroeconomic considerations to geopolitical risk to China’s debt and business disruptions, we examine possible risk scenarios for portfolios that could shape 2018. Quicker inflation may compel central banks to assertively tighten monetary policy Since the depths of the global financial crisis, central banks have supported financial markets and the economies they serve through…

  Qatar has had a very difficult 2017 after a Saudi Arabia-led group of Arab nations accused the gas-rich state of supporting terrorism and destabilising the region. Qatar denies the accusations. The political problems has seen a sharp selloff in Qatari shares and is set to end this year as one of the world?s worst…

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