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PBOC ‘check’ focuses on exchanges
SHANGHAI: China’s central bank launched spot checks on leading bitcoin exchanges in Beijing and Shanghai, ratcheting up pressure on potential capital outflows and knocking the price of the crypto currency down more than 12 per cent against the dollar. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said its probe of bitcoin exchanges BTCC, Huobi and OKCoin was to look into a range of possible rule violations, including market manipulation,
 
 
JPMorgan looks for big payoff from lead in deposit race
NEW YORK: Over the past five years, stock analysts have challenged JPMorgan Chase & Co executives for keeping so many branches open as customers did more and more banking online. Giving up real estate, the analysts said, was an obvious way the bank could save money when interest income was flagging and regulatory and legal costs were climbing. But executives at the largest U.S. bank resisted. They argued that branches are great
   
Indian economists concerned about growth forecasts
GANDHINAGAR: Business leaders from around the world attended an investment summit in the western Indian state of Gujarat last week cheered Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reforms, and said the disruption caused by his radical demonetisation move should be temporary. Executives at the week-long, biennial Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in Modi’s home state said the tide was turning on investments into India, although some complained
 
 
US profit growth pickup could justify Wall St rally
NEW YORK: US companies are set to report their strongest profit growth in two years, which could go a long way toward justifying Wall Street’s record-breaking rally, say stock investors who anticipate many companies will top expectations. Fresh from a year-long decline in quarterly profits, companies in the benchmark S&P 500 are expected to report their bottom lines grew by 6.2 per cent in the fourth quarter, the latest Thomson
   
Asian investors wary before May speech, Trump inauguration
HONG KONG: Asian investors moved warily Tuesday as they look ahead to a crucial week for two of the world’s top economies as Britain outlines its plans for leaving the EU and Donald Trump is sworn in as US president. Britain’s pound edged up but remains stuck near three-decade lows against the dollar after weekend reports Prime Minister Theresa May intends to push for a clean break from the EU, including the single market and
 
 
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