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Zero Interest Rates: Can Retirees Survive?
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By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 13 Apr 2016

Zero Interest Rates: Can Retirees Survive?

With an increasing retiree population around the world, especially in developed regions, and with non-government retirement funds forming an important part of retirees’ incomes, the low return of their non-government pension plans or the increasing risk undertaken by these funds could suppress retirees’ spending over time.
Robot Waiters: Too Much Hype?
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By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 12 Apr 2016

Robot Waiters: Too Much Hype?

Credit Rating Standards: Improvement on the Horizon?
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By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 11 Apr 2016

Credit Rating Standards: Improvement on the Horizon?

Merger of the Month Ends in a Whimper
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Merger of the Month Ends in a Whimper

The withdrawal of Anbang Insurance under the pretext of “various market considerations” from the bidding war for Starwood was a surprising anti-climax to the most keenly watched bidding war of March 2016.
Jump in Quality of Chinese Basic Science Research
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Jump in Quality of Chinese Basic Science Research

Since the first Nature Index database started in 2012, China’s total contribution has risen to become the second largest in the world, surpassed only by the United States. But, what sets China apart is the rapid growth of its weighted fractional count.
Small Scale Aerial Agricultural Spraying Made Possible in China
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Small Scale Aerial Agricultural Spraying Made Possible in China

The Agras (Agriculture Aerial Spray) MG-1 drone is specifically designed for aerial spraying of agricultural chemicals. The simultaneous application of agricultural chemicals over a large track of land can prevent harmful infestations from migrating, and this can achieve a significant improvement in field pathogen control.
Cuts in Social Security Contributions: Forcing Local SOEs to Reform?
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Cuts in Social Security Contributions: Forcing Local SOEs to Reform?

On March 21, the Shanghai government announced the drop of contributions by companies to social security premiums by 2.5 percent. The city cut its pension contributions by 1 percent, medical insurance by 1 percent, and unemployment benefits by 0.5 percent, while maintaining the same level of social security benefits.
Stock Market Meltdown: China Central Bank Sought Help from Fed
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Stock Market Meltdown: China Central Bank Sought Help from Fed

An email from the People’s Bank of China’s chief representative for the Americas, Song Xiangyan, to the director of the US Federal Reserve's International Finance Division, Steven Kamin, on the morning of July 27, 2015, had the subject line: "Your urgent assistance is greatly appreciated!"
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