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Half of European businesses to reduce their use of UK suppliers

UK/Europe: how to avoid Brexit tariffs

 

  • 32% of UK businesses who use EU suppliers are looking for British replacements
  • Nearly half (46%) of European businesses expect to reduce their use of UK suppliers
  • 36% of UK businesses plan to respond to Brexit by beating down supplier prices
  • The UK’s “weak negotiating position” is seen as the biggest hurdle in trade talks

Businesses either side of the English Channel are preparing contingency plans which could sever supply chains between the UK and EU, according to the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).
A survey of 2,111 supply chain managers found that 32% of UK businesses who work with suppliers on the continent are actively looking for alternative suppliers based in the UK as a response to the referendum.
Businesses within the EU are even more advanced in their preparations. Almost half (45%) of EU businesses who work with UK suppliers are in the process of finding local replacements.

http://www.cips.org …  Tue.,  16  May 2017

The new Silk Road

Summit promotes global trade infrastructure project

China opens on Sunday a summit to promote its massive global trade infrastructure project, highlighting Beijing’s ambitions to spearhead a new era of globalisation as Washington shifts toward inward-looking policies. President Xi Jinping will host leaders from 29 nations in Beijing for a two-day forum on his signature foreign policy programme, a revival of the Silk Road dubbed the One Belt, One Road Initiative. The Chinese-bankrolled project, unveiled in 2013, seeks to link the country with Africa, Asia and Europe through an enormous network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks.

The initiative spans some 65 countries representing 60 percent of the world population and around a third of global gross domestic product. The China Development Bank has earmarked $890 billion for some 900 projects. Belt and Road is seen as a practical solution to relieve China’s industrial overcapacity. But it could also serve Beijing’s geopolitical ambitions.

http://www.i24news.tv…  Mon.,  15  May 2017

Trump delaying decision on Paris climate deal

Uncertainty remains in the emissions-cutting deal

President Donald Trump is delaying a decision on whether to withdraw from a landmark climate deal until after an international summit later this month. The move means the president will head to the G7 summit in Italy at the end of May amid continued global uncertainty over whether the United States will remain in the emissions-cutting deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Trump wants to “continue to meet with his team,” seeking advice from both an economic and an environmental perspective as he works to make a decision..

http://www.timesunion.com…  Fri.,  12  May 2017

Europe is speeding up

Euro-area GDP growth outpaces America’s

The appeal of GDP is that it offers, or seems to, a summary statistic of how well an economy is doing. On that basis, the euro-area economy is in fine fettle; indeed, it is improving at a faster rate than America’s. Figures released on May 3rd show that GDP in the currency zone rose by 0.5% in the first quarter of 2017, an annualised rate of around 2%. That is quite a bit faster than the annualised 0.7% rate reported for America’s GDP.

http://www.economist.com…  Wed.,  10  May 2017

Pro-European Macron wins a crucial election

Europe stronger with Macron victory

Europe’s political establishment entered 2017 in a state of panic. Britain had voted to leave the European Union six months before and the United States had just elected a president who was hostile to their grand project and the values it stood for. The same forces that had led to Brexit and Donald Trump – popular anger with distant elites, economic inequality and immigration – threatened to hit the continent hard in a year in which Europe’s largest countries were holding elections. The biggest risk of all was France, a country with an ailing economy, historic ambivalence toward the EU and a politician, in National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who seemed well positioned to seize on voter fears.

Instead, on Sunday, Le Pen was soundly defeated by Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old independent who ran on an unashamedly pro-European platform. Macron urged the French to embrace rather than reject globalization. And he vowed to work with Germany to relaunch the European Union, a project long seen as a guarantor of peace and prosperity but one which is now struggling to find its “raison d’etre” after years of crisis. Macron’s victory represents a reprieve for Europe and the liberal democratic values for which it has stood for more than half a century.

http://www.reuters.com…  Mon.,  08  May 2017

BREXIT: JPMorgan to move massively staff out of London

Dublin, Frankfurt and Luxembourg, new destinations for bankers

JPMorgan Chase & Co. plans to move hundreds of London-based bankers to expanded offices in Dublin, Frankfurt and Luxembourg as it prepares for the U.K. to lose easy access to the European Union’s single market after Brexit, the firm’s head of investment banking said.

“We are going to use the three banks we already have in Europe as the anchors for our operations,” Daniel Pinto said in an interview Tuesday in Riyadh, referring to the New York-based firm’s local entities. “We will have to move hundreds of people in the short term to be ready for day one, when negotiations finish, and then we will look at the longer-term numbers.”

http://www.bloomberg.com…  Wed.,  03 May 2017

Europe’s Big Banks on the road to recovery

Europe’s most troubled banks are looking healthier

EUROPE’S most troubled big banks may at last be on the road to recovery. Not only is economic growth perking up; uncomfortable decisions, put off too long, are also being taken. In recent months UniCredit, Italy’s largest lender, has written down bad debt by €8.1bn ($8.7bn) and tapped shareholders for €13bn. Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest, has raised €8bn in equity and decided to keep a retail business it had hoped to sell. On April 27th it reported first-quarter net income of €575m, up from €236m a year earlier, although revenue fell.

http://www.economist.com…  Mon.,  01 May 2017

Russia-linked hackers target Macron campaign

Centrist politician is being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin

Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. The campaign’s digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions in a telephone interview late Monday but said they had all been thwarted.

http://www.usatoday.com…  Wed.,  26 April 2017

French Election: Macron’s Victory Provides Europe a Ray of Hope

European markets rally after Macron’s victory

European markets started the week on a positive footing after the centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French election.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 was 1.6 percent higher in early deals with all sectors trading on positive ground. The benchmark rose 1.8 percent to its highest level since early December 2015. The French CAC 40 bourse jumped nearly 4 percent at the start of trading. Stocks of French banks dominated the top of the European benchmark with Credit Agricole, Societe Generale and BNP Paribas all up by around 10 percent. Natixis, Axa and Vinci were also higher in early deals. The rally in french stocks supported the entire sector, which outperformed its peers on Monday morning, up by 4.2 percent.

http://www.cnbc.com…  Mon.,  24 April 2017

The world’s 100 largest banks

23 banks with more than a $1 trillon of assets

China’s largest banks kept growing in 2016, but the currency turmoil unleashed by Brexit battered European companies in S&P Global Market Intelligence’s latest global bank rankings.

China’s “Big Four” — Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., China Construction Bank Corp., Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. and Bank of China Ltd. — all maintained their rank as the four largest banks in the world with a combined $11.910 trillion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2016. Tokyo-based Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. retained its place as the world’s fifth largest bank at $2.590 trillion in assets.

Brexit was not kind to European currencies in 2016 — the euro bought $1.055 at the end of 2016, compared to $1.086 a year earlier, while the British pound fell to $1.235 from $1.474 over the same period. The drop in the pound alone knocked $289.53 billion off of the asset value for London-based Barclays Plc, which fell two spots in the ranking to No. 17 with $1.496 trillion in assets; the bank’s assets would have been $1.785 trillion if converted to U.S. dollars using the year-end 2015 exchange rate.

http://www.snl.com…  Fri.,  21 April 2017