Meet Ye Jianming: the 39-year-old head of China's biggest private oil company who generated nearly $40 billion in revenue last year, and who despite placing #2 on Fortune's "40 Under 40" list, has kept an unexpectedly low profile
"China has no intention of seeking foreign trade advantages via an intentional devaluation of the renminbi. There is no basis for the continued devaluation of the renminbi" but "If you must attach the label 'grand champion' to China, then I think China is a grand champion. But we are the grand champions of economic development."
As the dollar drops, and fears over US trade action may exaggerate capital outflows in China, Bitcoin has renewed its rally post-Golden Week to new record highs. The virtual currency is up 10 days in a row as we noted previously that the Chinese have discovered a workaround for the PBOC's crackdown on Bitcoin exchanges.
One day after the FOMC Minutes guided to a rate hike "fairly soon", but not soon enough in the eyes of the market, the dollar has posted minimal gains, while global stocks held near record highs on Thursday; S&P futures were fractionally in the green to start the session; crude climbed after API showed U.S. stockpiles fell. US and euro zone government bond yields fell as European political fears faded.
The cancerous virus of freedom-destroying worldwide cash-bans - in the name of fighting terrorism - has reached Taiwan this week. With the aim of 'preventing money-laundering', Taiwan may ban cash purchases of properties and luxury goods, Taipei-based Economic Daily News reports, citing unidentified official at Ministry of Justice.
Despite concerted efforts by authorities to crackdown on capital outflows - specifically through virtual currencies - prices for Bitcoin are soaring as the Chinese find way around regulatory controls. Bitcoin just topped $1100 - near record highs - as Chinese traders shift their action off regulated-exchanges to local peer-to-peer marketplaces.
China is preparing to revise its 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law, which would allow local authorities to bar some foreign ships from passing through Chinese territorial waters. "As a sovereign State and the biggest coastal State in the South China Sea, China is entitled to adjust its maritime laws as needed, which will also promote peace and stable development in the waters."
"I’m worried that this stock ‘melt-up’ move is extraordinarily mechanical right now - almost entirely the aforementioned forced-covering, not high conviction induced-buying - and may be sending a 'false signal' which is potentially dragging-in new buying on the breakout to new highs. This could lead to a scenario where a market can 'collapse under their own weight'."