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China Hints at Respite in Regulatory Crackdown on Tech Firms
Leading Chinese officials are scheduled to have a conference with the country’s big tech companies in May The meeting has renewed hopes that Beijing will end or ease its sweeping regulatory crackdown on the country’s...
Indonesia extended its worldwide export ban on palm oil to include crude palm oil, increasing global food shortage and inflationary pressures.
Oil Used in Oreos and Toothpaste Becomes 10% More Expensive After Indonesia Bans Exports
Just days after Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of the world’s most widely used vegetable oil, palm oil, relaxed markets by announcing an export ban set to come into effect April 28 would only be...
The Understated, Yet Massive Power of Asset Management Firms BlackRock and Vanguard
Commentary Until recently, economic competition was the driving force for small and large companies across the United States and throughout the world.  Since the mid-1970s, however, two corporations — Vanguard and BlackRock — have gobbled...
A former Lehman Brothers trader was charged with his role in 2021's Viacom and Discovery pump scheme, single-handedly manipulating the U.S. stock market.
Ex-Lehman Bros Trader Charged in Alleged Multi-billion Dollar Viacom, Discovery Pump Scheme
The founder and Chief Financial Officer of one of the most shocking cases of squandered generational wealth seen in 2021 were arrested and charged in New York after the FBI unsealed a Grand Jury Indictment...
Apple couldn't say no to the CCP in 2020 when the Chinese Government wanted an app banned, they removed it from the App Store.
Apple Complied With 100% of Chinese Government App Store Takedown Requests in 2020: Report
The world’s largest company acquiesced to 100 percent of App Store takedown requests made by the Chinese Communist Party in 2020, according to a new report published by Great Fire, a self-described China-based anti-censorship organization. ...
China Rolls out Private Pension Plan in Efforts to Tackle Economic Challenges Linked to its Aging Population
In a major move to address China’s growing elderly and aging population, Beijing has unveiled a private pension scheme that will allow people to invest their retirement funds into pension plan accounts. The scheme will...
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‘Unified National Market’ Push Exposes Steep Challenge of Reforming China’s Economy
On April 10, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese government’s State Council released an opinion document on “accelerating the construction of a unified national market.”  The opinion called for...
American rail carriers are cutting critical fertilizer, grain, and coal shipments as they struggle with staffing and logistics problems amid union wars.
US Rail Carriers Are Cutting Fertilizer, Grain, Coal Shipments
A major U.S. railway freight carrier has ceased business with one of the largest fertilizer producers in the country during the peak of planting season.  In an April 14 press release, CF Industries informed the...
Years of Surging Lithium Prices Show Signs of Turbulence as Electric Vehicle Makers Adapt
In the pursuit of sufficiently-powered vehicles, a market rally for lithium has caused a sharp increase in the price of the metal over the last year.  However, the spike in prices has shown its cracks...