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Premarket stocks: How China’s economic turmoil could hurt your portfolio

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China’s economy is in trouble. That’s bad news for US stocks, and potentially for your portfolio.

What’s happening: Chinese consumer spending, factory production and investment in long-term assets (such as property, machinery or other goods) all slowed further in July from a year ago, according to the country’s National Bureau of Statistics.

Youth unemployment in the world’s second largest economy has repeatedly hit record highs. Earlier this week Beijing decided to suspend the release of that monthly data altogether.

Tensions between the US and China, meanwhile, have been on the rise as the world’s two largest economies clash over issues ranging from trade policy and technology, to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Last week, President Joe Biden announced an executive order limiting US investments in advanced technology industries in China. The order prompted fund managers to worry about how they should be investing in the country.

Separately, a Congressional committee announced earlier this month that it is investigating BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, and MSCI, one of the biggest providers of index funds, to determine whether they are investing in Chinese companies blacklisted by the US government for security and human rights issues.

Why it matters: “For most of the last two decades, China’s economic growth has been a major driver of the global economy,” said Alex Etra, a strategist at data analytics firm Exante. That means that if China’s economy slows down, global economic growth slows down.

“When global economic growth slows down, that tends to be negative US equities. And some of that has to

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Why global financial turmoil continues and how it could affect you

Is it possible to talk about financial contagion without perpetuating it?

Regulators and public officials are anxious to be reassuring, but for Canadians trying to understand how a series of ostensibly unconnected global bank failures could affect them, being like the meme dog in the burning kitchen that turned 10 this year may not be the best plan either.

After market turbulence last week, worries continued over the weekend. New reports on Sunday said money market funds had swollen by $286 billion US in two weeks as people withdrew deposits from banks. Also on Sunday, International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina Georgieva warned a Beijing audience of the growing risk of global financial instability.

As shares in Frankfurt-based global investment banking giant Deutsche Bank fell 14 per cent in early trading on Friday and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen held an unscheduled in-camera emergency meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, it was pretty clear that what seemed like an isolated failure of one overextended California bank is still sending out ripples around the world.

Last week, Yellen told depositors that U.S. banks were safe and sound. While calming words are nice, emergency meetings are not entirely reassuring.

The phenomenon of financial contagion is not new and has been widely studied.

“Financial contagion describes the cascading effects that an initially idiosyncratic shock to a small part of a financial system can have on the entire system” sounds like a discussion of the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) about two weeks ago and the events that followed, but the quote actually comes from the 2013 Handbook of Safeguarding Global Financial Stability.

And while experts know that such a cascading series of events can sometimes be hard to stop, financial experts who are themselves deeply embedded in the

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Britain’s digital finance firms under pressure after banking turmoil, execs say

LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – Digital finance firms in Britain will find it tougher to raise funds due to higher interest rates and investor caution after the collapse of U.S.-based technology lender Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), executives told an industry event on Monday.

The Bank of England has raised interest rates 11 times since December 2021 in a bid to curb soaring inflation, which has squeezed living standards. However, the hikes have also led to higher funding costs for companies.

“The bar on capital has been raised, from an era where there was (effectively) 0% interest rates and relatively easy access to cash and capital,” said TS Anil, CEO of British digital bank Monzo, speaking at the Innovate Finance conference in London.

Anil said last month’s banking sector turmoil, sparked by the failure of SVB which spooked investors, could contribute to a broad shake-up in the digital finance sector.

Britain’s digital banks will need support over the next few months to help them cope with the market fallout from SVB’s demise, trade body Innovate Finance warned last month.

Tim Levene, CEO of fintech-focused investment company Augmentum, told the event there was likely more pain to come and start-ups would take further hits to their valuations.

“We’re going to see stories over the next 12 months of businesses that have failed, but that’s part of venture (capital),” he added.

The Bank of England is considering an overhaul of its deposit guarantee scheme, which could include boosting the amount covered for businesses if lenders hit trouble, The Financial Times reported on Sunday.

“The Bank of England looking at the regulations… is the sensible course to do,” Sam Everington, senior executive at British digital bank Starling, told the event in London.

Digital finance company bosses said they were confident the sector could weather

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Signature Lender will become upcoming casualty of banking turmoil immediately after SVB

March 12 (Reuters) – Condition regulators shut New York-dependent Signature Financial institution (SBNY.O) on Sunday, the third biggest failure in U.S. banking record, two times soon after authorities shuttered Silicon Valley Lender (SIVB.O) in a collapse that stranded billions in deposits.

The Federal Deposit Coverage Company (FDIC) took management of Signature, which had $110.36 billion in assets and $88.59 billion in deposits at the conclusion of previous year, according to New York state’s Office of Fiscal Solutions.

All of the depositors of Signature Lender and Silicon Valley Financial institution will be created complete, and “no losses will be borne by the taxpayer,” the U.S. Treasury Section and other financial institution regulators reported in a joint assertion.

Workforce appeared to obtain at the firm’s Manhattan headquarters for conferences on Sunday, purchasing catering from Carmine’s, an Italian restaurant, and Starbucks coffee, in accordance to a Reuters reporter on the scene. Persons trickled out of the developing right after the news of the closure was declared.

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Reps for the lender did not quickly react to a ask for for remark.

Signature’s failure followed Silicon Valley Bank’s Friday shutdown, the next greatest in U.S. record guiding Washington Mutual, which collapsed through the 2008 financial disaster.

Buyers had been unnerved by the pace at which startup-centered SVB, the 16th greatest loan company in the U.S., was toppled by shopper withdrawals. The episode very last 7 days erased more than $100 billion in industry worth from U.S. banks, prompting swift action from govt officials above the weekend to consider and restore assurance in the monetary method.

The FDIC recognized a “bridge” successor bank on Sunday which will help customers to entry their money on Monday. Signature Bank’s depositors and debtors will instantly become customers of the bridge financial

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Turmoil Pitfalls Financial Steadiness Peru Extended Took for Granted

CUSCO, Peru (AP) — Marco Gonzales ventured to the Andean town of Cusco from his residence in the Peruvian Amazon in 2007 with little far more than $20, a smidgeon of English and a improve of clothing inadequately suited for the icy mountain air.

He started supplying going for walks excursions of the former Incan Empire money in trade for tips. Together the way he fell in love with a British backpacker, Nathalie Zulauf, and jointly the few crafted a vacation organization and spouse and children.

But now it’s all at risk of collapsing along with so substantially of Peru’s when-enviable financial security.

“We’re waiting around till March to see if the scenario enhances,” claimed Gonzales, 38, staring at a calendar he no extended bothers to update. “If it will not we’ll have to discover other possibilities, like shutting down the company and emigrating. At least in England we have Nathalie’s spouse and children.”

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Others in Cusco have far less to slide back again on.

The city of 450,000, ordinarily a polyglot mecca of international travelers, is a ghost city these days. The Plaza de Armas, where by women dressed in colorful Andean textiles used to pose for snapshots, now appeals to demonstrators playing cat-and-mouse with greatly armored riot law enforcement.

Political turmoil is absolutely nothing new in Peru, which has found six presidents in the last 5 several years. In 1969, with a army dictatorship in electric power, Nobel Prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa posed this now legendary concern to begin his novel “Conversations in the Cathedral”: “At what precise minute did Peru screw by itself?”

For a extended time, the dysfunction was held in check out and failed to interfere with sacred cornerstones of the free-sector overall economy like the vital mining market. Considering the fact

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