Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff overlooks the consumer battlefield after recent stirs in the financial markets. Middle-class consumers have a wait-and-see attitude and might only resume buying by 2016, he tells CNBC. But lower tier markets will remain robust. Brand should focus now on their digital future, he advises.
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Financial analyst Sara Hsu strongly disagrees with former US ambassador to the UN John Bolt as he accuses China it manipulated its currency by the recent devaluation. China is just doing what politicians in Washington have asked them to do, Hsu argues in PressTV. “They wanted China to become more market oriented.”
Some see the devaluation of the yuan as a panic measure by the Chinese government to reignite growth, but market analyst Ben Cavender tells the Guardian why the depreciation is mainly market driven, making the yuan freer from the US dollar peg.
China has accumulated debts US$25 trillion and because of the relative high interest rates, that level of debt is unsustainable, argues financial analyst Victor Shih at the USC U.S.-China Institute. And when China gets into trouble, there is no IMF-style institution with enough capital to save it. A crashing stock market also does not help.
Fast moving changes among China´s ultrarich, business analyst Shaun Rein noted when he recently joined a millionaire on a trip to South Africa. Travel is hot for the rich, sharing their experiences over WeChat. Bling is out, feeling good is in, he tells at CNN.
Wealth creation in China has been amazing in the past decade, says China-rich list founder Rupert Hoogewerf at CNN. He traces now 360 dollar billionaires in China, up from only one. But the real number might be three times that figure, and 15% might actually vampire millionaires, whose wealth would vaporize if they would face day light.
The anti-corruption campaign by president Xi Jinping has started to hurt the economy, tells business analyst Shaun Rein at CNN. Government officials and billionaires have become so afraid, very few decisions are being made.
The current mayhem at China´s stock market might be some short-term panic selling, but business analyst Shaun Rein points at the systemic risks in China, as a growing number of companies use their shares as collateral, he warns at Bloomberg. For US companies, the current fallout seems less problematic.
The habits of China´s rich change fast, as they look for a a healthier lifestyle, both physical and mental. WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu discusses with Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Hurun rich list, the changing trends among China´s wealthy.
Asia as a region and China´s slowling economy caused much anxiety in 2014, and Xi Jinping´s reforms have been clunky at best. But business guru Tom Doctoroff sees hope in the growing confidence China has in its leader Xi Jinping.