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Asian Market Update – Tuesday: Asian markets flat despite escalated North Korea tensions

Posted on September 26th, 2017.

The Big Question: Are Asian investors not worried about nuclear war? Major Asian indexes were mostly flat on Tuesday, as investors appeared to be shrugging off the escalating war of words between the US and North Korea, which has threatened nuclear war against the US. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was down 0.1 percent to 20,337 at midday. In...

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Asian Market Update – Monday: Coin prices up, shrugging off more reported regulatory changes out of China

Posted on September 25th, 2017.

The Big Question: Are cryptocurrency prices really unaffected by Chinese regulations? Prices of cryptocurrencies were up overnight during the Asian trading session, even as news of more regulatory tightening came out of China. At midday in Asia, the bitcoin price was up 2.83 percent to $3,767. Though the virtual currency has been posing...

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Asian Market Update – Friday: North Korea rattles Asian markets…again

Posted on September 22nd, 2017.

The Big Question: What does another North Korea H-bomb test mean for markets? Major Asian indexes were rattled on Friday morning by a threat from North Korea to conduct another hydrogen bomb test at a larger scale and IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. In addition, other market sensitive news also weighed in and set the tone for another turn down in...

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Asian Market Update – Thursday: Asian stocks mixed after US Fed decision meets market expectation

Posted on September 21st, 2017.

The Big Question: How will the Fed’s unwinding of its massive balance sheet affect equity markets? Major Asian indexes were mixed at midday Thursday, as markets saw no surprises from a meeting of the US Federal Reserve, which left interest rates unchanged and set to wind down its balance sheet – both in line with earlier market...

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Asian Market Update – Wednesday: Asian stocks mixed as investors await Fed’s monetary policy clue

Posted on September 20th, 2017.

The Big Question: Will the US Federal Reserve keep rates steady? Major Asian indexes were mixed at midday in Asia on Wednesday, as investors adopted a wait-and-see mood ahead of a meeting of the US Federal Reserve set for Wednesday afternoon US Eastern time, when the FOMC will announce its monetary policy stance on a press conference. In...

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Asian Market Update – Tuesday: Coins point lower after recent gains

Posted on September 19th, 2017.

The Big Question: What is affecting coin prices? Prices of cryptocurrencies pointed lower overnight during the Asia trading session, after a strong recovery in the last a couple days following turmoil caused by a cryptocurrency crackdown in China. At midday in Asia, the price of bitcoin was down 2.48 percent to $3,999.95, just below the...

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Asian Market Update – Monday: Coins gain on positive news from government, tech giants

Posted on September 18th, 2017.

The Big Question: Are coins ready for another bull run? Prices of cryptocurrencies pointed higher overnight during the Asian trading session Monday, as positive news out of Canada, Estonia and tech giants such as Google and Facebook have likely eased investors’ concerns following blows from China last week. Before midday, the price of...

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Asian Market Update – Friday: Coins point higher after turmoil on Thursday following platform closure in China

Posted on September 15th, 2017.

The Big Question: Will cryptocurrencies be able to offset recent losses? Prices of cryptocurrencies climbed overnight during the Asian trading session, trimming heavy losses from the previous day as investors appears to be shrugging off the impact of the closure of a major trading platform in China. Bitcoin prices gained 6.3 percent to...

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Asian Market Update – Thursday: Asian Stocks Flat after Weaker Chinese Economic Data

Posted on September 14th, 2017.

The Big Question: Is the Chinese economy cooling again? Major equity markets in the Asia Pacific remain flat, as a set of fresh economic data suggested that the world’s second-largest economy cooled down last month unexpectedly. The Shanghai Composite Index skidded 0.03 percent to 3,383.25 before midday on Thursday. In Hong Kong, the...

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Asian Market Update – Wednesday: Cryptocurrencies tumble on more attacks on the industry

Posted on September 13th, 2017.

The Big Question: For how long can bitcoin withstand all the attacks? Prices of cryptocurrencies tumbled during the Asian trading session on Wednesday, as more attacks were directed at the virtual currency industry from prominent figures such as JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and from NORTH KOREA. The bitcoin price dropped more than 3 percent...

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Asian Market Update – Tuesday: Coins Brush off Potential Commercial Trading Ban in China

Posted on September 12th, 2017.

The Big Question: Will cryptocurrencies survive China’s ban? Prices of cryptocurrencies climbed overnight during the Asian trading session, despite looming news reports out of China that virtual currency trading might be banned in the world’s second-largest economy. Bitcoin prices gained a slight 0.72 percent to $4,237.69 before midday....

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Asian Market Update – Monday: Asian stocks gain on calm Korean tension, downgrade of US hurricane Irma

Posted on September 11th, 2017.

The Big Question: The Korean Peninsula remains calm, but for how long? Major equity markets in the Asia Pacific surged on Monday, as tensions on the Korean Peninsula remained relatively calm over the weekend and hurricane Irma was downgraded after making landfall in Florida. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 jumped 1.38 percent to 19,541.36...

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Asian Market Update – Thursday: Asian stocks point higher on prospect of US debt ceiling deal

Posted on September 7th, 2017.

The Big Question: How would a US government shutdown affect the markets? Major equity markets in the Asia Pacific edged up on Thursday, trimming down earlier losses from sell-offs amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, as investors appeared to be relieved about the reduced likelihood of a shutdown in the US government. In Japan,...

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Asian Market Update – Wednesday: Cryptocurrencies recover from earlier sharp falls

Posted on September 6th, 2017.

The Big Question: Will governments and regulators be able to stop the rise of digital currencies? Crytocurrencies appear to have regained its footing overnight during the Asian trading session, trimming massive losses from a free fall in the past couple of days after China issued a ban on ICOs. The price of bitcoin rebounded from a low...

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Asian Market Update – Tuesday: Cryptocoins continue downward trend after steep fall on Chinese ban

Posted on September 5th, 2017.

The Big Question: Is China’s ICO ban a trigger for correction of coin prices? It was not a good day for coin traders by any stretch of imagination. On Monday, following a ban on any type of cryptocoin fundraising, or ICO, by Chinese officials, prices for both bitcoin and ethereum tumbled as much as 20 percent. The downward trend...

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Asian Market Update – Monday: Asian markets rattled by North Korea nuclear test, investors turn to safe havens

Posted on September 4th, 2017.

The Big Question: Will markets shrug off the latest North Korea episode as fast as they used to? Major equity markets in the Asia Pacific rattled on Monday, as North Korea tested the most powerful nuclear weapon to date, said to be a hydrogen bomb. Regional tensions are again at an elevated level. In South Korea, the KOSPI index dipped...

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Asian Market Update – Thursday: Asian equities mixed on positive economic data from the US, geopolitical tensions

Posted on August 31st, 2017.

The Big Question: What matters more for Asian investors: Events in the region or in the US? Major equity markets in the Asia Pacific were in a mixed mode on Thursday, with stock indexes in Japan and Australia making gains on better-than-expected economic data out of the US, while stocks in China and South Korea seeing losses over...

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Asian Market Update – Wednesday: Bitcoin Remains Stable after Big Jump the Previous Day over North Korea Missile Test

Posted on August 30th, 2017.

The Big Question: Are we approaching the end of the bull run? Bitcoin prices remained stable overnight during the Asian trading session, after the cryptocurrency saw one of the biggest jumps in weeks, as investors appears to have been spooked by the latest North Korea missile test and turn to bitcoin. The digital currency was changing...

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Asian Market Update – Tuesday: Asian Markets Fall on North Korean Missile Test over Japan

Posted on August 29th, 2017.

The Big Question: How will the US respond to the latest missile test by North Korea? Major equity markets in Asia suffered from a North Korean ballistic missile that flew over Japan early Tuesday morning, as investors in the region went into a risk-off mode, searching for safe-haven assets. The South Korean stock market saw the steepest...

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Asian Market Update – Monday: Equities Mixed over Hurricane in the US

Posted on August 28th, 2017.

The Big Question: Why EU and US officials kept mum about monetary policy direction in Jackson Hole? Major equity markets in Asia started the week’s trading off in a mixed mode, as investors are keeping a close eye on the impact of a severe hurricane hitting several US states and looking for policy direction after central bankers...

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