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https://plus.google.com/110188689358053201412 Rishabh Surana Market Analyst : Obama Says U.S. Ready to Move on Russia Sanctions President Barack Obama said the U.S. and its allies...
Obama Says U.S. Ready to Move on Russia Sanctions

President Barack Obama said the U.S. and its allies have additional sanctions against Russia ready to go as the crisis in Ukraine escalated with Ukrainian security forces moving against pro-Russian separatists.

Russia has yet to act in the spirit or the letter of an agreement reached in Geneva last week to defuse the confrontation, and if there’s no progress in the coming days, “we will follow through,” Obama said.

“We have been preparing for the prospect that we’re going to have to engage in further sanctions,” Obama said today at a news conference in Tokyo after a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. All that’s required is some “technical work” and coordination with allies, he said.

Obama spoke as Ukraine restarted an offensive against separatists in eastern cities. Russia issued a warning that it would protect its citizens in Ukrainian territory, raising the prospect of a military move by the government in Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that an attack on a Russian citizen “is an attack against the Russian Federation.”

“If we are attacked, we would certainly respond,” Lavrov said in an interview with the state-run broadcaster RT.

The U.S. has begun deploying hundreds of troops for exercises in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which border Russia, days after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization boosted the defense of member states in eastern Europe.

No Military

Obama again stressed that “there’s not going to be a military solution” to the confrontation and held out the chance that diplomacy will work.

“There’s always the possibility that Russia tomorrow or the next day takes a different course,” he said.

The U.S. joined the European Union in imposing sanctions as Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine last month. “Already you’ve seen a whole lot of money and investors leave Russia,” Obama said, citing the effect on the Russian economy.

Russian and Ukrainian assets suffered yesterday. Russia failed to sell local-currency bonds due August 2023 at an auction and the Micex Index (INDEXCF) lost 0.5 percent, extending its slide since March 1 to more than 9 percent. Ukrainian bonds tumbled, lifting yields on the government’s dollar-denominated notes due 2023 by 0.08 percentage point to 10.05 percent, the highest in a month, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

IMF Bailout

Ukraine’s shrinking economy may get a boost from an International Monetary Fund loan. The Washington-based lender’s staff endorsed a $17 billion bailout that may get board approval next week, according to government officials who’ve seen the recommendations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

An accord to disarm rebels signed last week in Geneva by Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the U.S. is at risk of collapse, as Ukrainian and Russian officials accuse each other of violating the agreement.

Operations to clear militants from Kramatorsk, Slovyansk and other cities were under way yesterday, Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister Vitali Yarema said.

The town of Sviatogirsk was freed yesterday without casualties as part of the government’s “anti-terrorist” operation, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on its website. Ukraine’s SBU State Security Service pledged to use “all means” to restore order in the east.

Lavrov Accusation

As many as 1,300 separatists are involved in holding government buildings in the Donetsk region, according to the SBU. Twenty-one Russian agents, including three intelligence officers, have been arrested or detained, SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko said during an online discussion sponsored by the Washington-based Atlantic Council.

Ukraine’s effort to uproot pro-Russian separatists from eastern cities was put on hold over the Easter holiday. With the Geneva deal crumbling, acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov urged security forces on April 22 to move against the militants after the discovery of two bodies near Slovyansk, saying “terrorists” backed by Russia had “crossed the line.”

The government in Kiev accuses Russian President Vladimir Putin of instigating turmoil to possibly lay the groundwork for an invasion. The separatists who took over buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities say they’re not subject to the Geneva accord.

Ukraine hasn’t fulfilled a single clause of the April 17 pact, Lavrov told RT, accusing the U.S of “running the show.”

40,000 Troops

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Ukraine and the U.S. have a distorted interpretation of the Geneva accord and are ignoring provocations by right-wing extremists. The government in Kiev should pull its military back from Ukraine’s southeast, the ministry said.

Lavrov called Turchynov’s order for the operation in Ukraine’s eastern region “criminal.”

Putin has parliamentary approval to deploy troops in Ukraine to protect Russian speakers and those of Russian heritage. He has about 40,000 troops massed on the border with Ukraine, according to NATO.

There are signs Ukraine is implementing the Geneva pact, according to Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton. The bloc is calling on Russia “to use its leverage to ensure an immediate end to what is going on in eastern Ukraine,” he told reporters in Brussels yesterday.

A week after NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance will upgrade contingency plans, hold more military drills in eastern Europe and step up air and naval policing on its flanks, the U.S. began sending airborne infantry to four member nations bordering Russia.

A contingent of 150 troops from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team arrived in Poland yesterday for a month of training, according to Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Similar-sized units will be sent to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia by next week, Warren said.
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Did you know Australia hands out more tax concessions than any other OECD country? According to the IMF, this tends to "benefit most those in the highest marginal tax bracket and convey no benefit to those out of the tax system". But no mention of this in Hockey's talk of tightening belts and heavy lifting.

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The richest man in Asia is selling everything in China

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by Simon Blackon
April 16, 2014
Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile

Here’s a guy you want to bet on– Li Ka-Shing.

Li is reportedly the richest person in Asia with a net worth well in excess of $30 billion, much of which he made being a shrewd property investor.

Li Ka-Shing was investing in mainland China back in the early 90s, way back before it became the trendy thing to do. Now, Li wants out of China. All of it.

Since August of last year, he’s dumped billions of dollars worth of his Chinese holdings. The latest is the $928 million sale of the Pacific Place shopping center in Beijing– this deal was inked just days ago.

Once the deal concludes, Li will no longer have any major property investments in mainland China.

This isn’t a person who became wealthy by being flippant and scared. So what does he see that nobody else seems to be paying much attention to?

Simple. China’s credit crunch.

After years of unprecedented monetary expansion that has put the economy in a precarious state, the Chinese government has been desperately trying to reign in credit growth.

The shadow banking system alone is now worth 84% of GDP according to an estimate by JP Morgan. The IMF pegs total private credit at 230% of GDP, jumping by 100% in the last few years.

Historically, growth rates of these proportions have nearly always been followed by severe financial crises. And Chinese leaders are doing their best to engineer a ‘soft landing’.

If they’re successful, the world will only see major drops in global growth, stocks, property, and commodity prices.

If they fail, the spillover could become pandemic.

This isn’t important just for Asian property tycoons like Li Ka-Shing. Even if you don’t know Guangzhou from Hangzhou from Quanzhou, there are implications for the entire world.

Here in Chile is a great example.

Chile is among the top copper producers worldwide, China among its top consumers. With a major slowdown in China, however, copper prices have dropped considerably.

Consequently, the Chilean economy has slowed. The peso is down nearly 10% against the US dollar in recent months, and the central bank is slashing rates trying to prop up growth.

There are similar situations playing out across the globe.

Not to mention, China could put the entire global financial system on its back just by dumping a portion of its Treasuries in order to defend the yuan.

Now, you’d think that a major credit crunch with far-reaching consequences in the world’s second largest economy, its largest manufacturer, and its largest holder of US dollar reserves, would be constant front-page news.

But it’s not.

Most traditional investors are unaware that what’s happening in China will likely have far greater implications to their investment portfolios than the policies of Janet Yellen and Barack Obama combined. At least for now.

And folks who don’t see this coming and keep buying at the all-time high may see their portfolios turned upside down. Quickly.

At the same time, some investors who are conservative and cashed up may realize a real ‘blood in the streets’ moment.

Again, using Chile as an example, I’m starting to see over-leveraged property owners coming to the market in droves ready to make a deal. This is great news because my shareholders and I are able to buy far more property with US dollars than we could even just six months ago.

I expect this trend to hold given that China is just at the beginning of its process.

It’s said that the Chinese word for “crisis” is a combination of “danger” and “opportunity”.

This isn’t entirely accurate. ‘Weiji’ can have several meanings, but is probably best translated as ‘dangerous’ and ‘crucial point’.

We may certainly be at that crucial point, and now might be a good time to take another look at your finances and consider selling before a major crash. The richest man in Asia certainly thinks so.

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