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Finance story by Ellen Sheng

China’s richest man warns Trump against blocking Chinese investments in the U.S.

Forbes, Dec. 12, 2016
Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, said that thousands of U.S. employees would suffer if Chinese investments in the U.S. are blocked.
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Banks and fintech: better connected

Global Capital Asia, Aug. 24, 2016
Fintech, or financial technology, has been relatively slow to gain momentum in Asia but is now seeing its moment in the sun. Fintech investment in Asia more than quadrupled in 2015 to $4.3bn.
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Hedge funds meet with apathy in China

Nikkei Asian Review, June 23, 2014
When Beijing announced that approved foreign hedge funds could start raising capital in mainland China, market watchers thought it marked an important step in opening up the financial sector and a great opportunity for Western firms to access untapped riches. But the response from wealthy Chinese citizens has been lukewarm.
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The feng shui guide to interesting times

Financial News, March 11, 2013
The Lunar New Year in Hong Kong usually means eating with family, a visit to the temple and assessing personal portfolios tested against feng shui principles, an ancient Chinese system of geomancy. Hong Kong people refer to feng shui in everyday life to figure out auspicious dates for important events such as getting married or having a baby.
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Frontier finance

South China Morning Post, Net Worth Magazine, June 2011
Investing in countries such as Namibia, Pakistan, Cambodia or Mongolia isn’t for everyone. But for those who can stomach the risks, the rewards can be great, fund managers say.
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Investing in Asia in 2011

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 20, 2011
Asian stocks had a good run in 2010. ABN Amro argues that there’s room for more. Chinese stocks have declined in recent months, dragged down by concerns about an overheating economy and inflation. Yet the firm remains optimistic because much of that fear has stemmed from the Chinese economy being stronger than expected.
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Streets of Asia not paved with gold

Financial News, Dec. 6, 2010
For all too many hedge fund managers the siren call to go east may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Managers have been heading to Asia in growing numbers in the past year, particularly to Hong Kong.
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Private-equity slowdown? Not for yuan funds

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 30, 2010
Private-equity fund raising in China is defying a global slowdown, making an already tough market for deals even more competitive. Elsewhere in the world, fund raising for private-equity funds is down considerably from three years ago. But funds in China denominated in the country’s own currency, known as both the yuan and the renminbi, are seeing a fund-raising bonanza.
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In Asia, investors get allies

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 27, 2010
Private-equity firms stung by soured deals in Asia are increasingly pushing for restructuring or legal action at troubled companies to which they are exposed, in the process championing investor rights in the region. Investors in Asia are often left with little recourse when investments go bad. But an increase in private-equity firms’ holdings of corporate debt is giving them more say as creditors.
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Asian fund houses look outside their borders

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 13, 2010
Asian fund houses are starting to flex their muscles in the region by expanding outside their home markets, signaling a growing maturity for Asia’s young asset-management industry. It’s still baby steps for now: Fund houses are sticking to core competencies and client bases they know. But their growth into new markets in the region and further afield means more competition in the future.
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Private equity faces tough road in Asia

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 25, 2010
Governments throughout the Asian-Pacific region are targeting private equity, potentially adding new restrictions to what the industry sees as a major growth market. South Korean tax authorities are gearing up to impose a capital-gains tax on U.S. private-equity firms exiting deals in the country.
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