BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has begun a major initiative in China. On Aug. 30 it launched a set of mutual funds and other investment products for Chinese consumers. The New York-based firm is the first foreign-owned company allowed to do so.
Xi Jinping, China’s leader, has collided with economic reality. His crackdown on private enterprise has been a significant drag on the economy. The most vulnerable sector is real estate, particularly housing. China has enjoyed an extended property boom over the past two decades, but that is now coming to an end.
Xi Jinping, the ruler of China, suffers from several internal inconsistencies which greatly reduce the cohesion and effectiveness of his leadership. There is a conflict between his beliefs and his actions and between his public declarations of wanting to make China a superpower and his behavior as a domestic ruler.
Medical science will eventually bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control by producing enough vaccines to inoculate everyone. In the meantime, the virus has caused an economic shock of global proportions, worse than the financial crisis of 2008. With the rapid evolution of various strains the experts predict a new wave of infections that may be worse than the previous one.
The European Union is facing an existential threat, and yet the EU’s leadership is responding with a compromise that appears to reflect a belief that the threat can simply be wished away. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s kleptocratic regime in Hungary and, to a lesser extent, the illiberal Law and Justice (PiS) government in Poland, are brazenly challenging the values on which the European Union has been built.
I have written a lot in the past about the desirability of the European Union issuing perpetual bonds. But today I am proposing that individual member states should do so.
Right now, it would be impossible for the EU to issue perpetual bonds, because the member states are too divided.
Hungary and Poland have vetoed the European Union’s proposed €1.15 trillion ($1.4 trillion) seven-year budget and the €750 billion European recovery fund. Although the two countries are the budget’s biggest beneficiaries, their governments are adamantly opposed to the rule-of-law conditionality that the EU has adopted at the behest of the European Parliament.
George Soros is one of the most iconic financiers of the century. He is the man who in 1992 “broke” the Bank of England, the philanthropist who has given away $32 billion to promote open societies, the political pugilist who has sparred with Donald Trump and Viktor Orban.
In an interview, published today, George Soros has set out how the European Union (EU) can maintain its AAA rating and finance its COVID-19 recovery package.
Through supporting ‘perpetual bonds’ – or ‘Consols’, as they are known in the UK and US – Mr Soros believes the EU can address the dual crises of COVID and climate change, which currently threaten the bloc.
In een vandaag gepubliceerd interview heeft George Soros uiteengezet hoe de Europese Unie (EU) haar AAA-rating kan behouden en haar COVID-19-herstelpakket kan financieren.
Door het steunen van “eeuwigdurende obligaties” – of “Consols”, zoals ze in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en de Verenigde Staten worden genoemd – is de heer Soros van mening dat de EU de dubbele crisis van COVID en de klimaatverandering, die op dit moment een bedreiging vormt voor het blok, kan aanpakken.