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14 January 2013
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  • U.K. should stay in EU, German official says
    German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said his nation wants Britain to remain in the EU, as European leaders anxiously awaited an address this month in which U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said he will clarify his position on relations with the EU. "With a view to the current debate over Great Britain's role in the EU, I would say: Germany desires a Great Britain that will remain a constructive and active partner in the EU," Westerwelle said. Spiegel Online (Germany) (11 Jan.), The Guardian (London) (13 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • China leads gains on Asian-Pacific markets
    Asian-Pacific markets rose Monday with China leading the advance -- the Shanghai Composite rose 3.1% and the Shenzhen Composite jumped 3.6%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index climbed 0.6%. South Korea's Kospi added 0.5%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 moved up 0.2%. Taiwan's Taiex edged up 0.1%. India's Sensex was up 1.2% at midafternoon. MarketWatch (14 Jan.), The Economic Times (India) (18 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China National Biotec reportedly plans $1.5B IPO in Hong Kong
    China's biggest biotechnology firm, China National Biotec Group, aims to raise $1.5 billion in its initial public offering in Hong Kong, said two people with knowledge of the matter. The company could submit a listing application with the Hong Kong exchange as early as March and begin the offering during the second quarter, they said. Bloomberg (13 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 MLPs lead strong U.S. IPO market for 2013
    High yields are driving robust volume for the initial public offering market as 2013 gets off the ground. Three energy master limited partnerships, which typically generate dividend yields of 6% or higher, are set to go public this week. Bankers and investors expect to see more MLP IPOs in coming months. The Wall Street Journal (13 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bernanke talk might tip currency markets
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is poised to speak at the University of Michigan about U.S. monetary policy and the global financial crisis. Analysts look at the talk as the first chance to get Bernanke's opinion about the last meeting of the Fed, where some members advocated ending monthly bond purchases. The Wall Street Journal (13 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • U.S. paychecks shrink as tax cut expires
    Americans are seeing decreased take-home pay after a 2-year-old tax cut expired. About $125 billion in consumer spending power is expected to disappear from the economy this year as payroll tax increases 2 percentage points. Bloomberg (14 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Governments could do more to encourage innovation
    Warnings that innovation is grinding to a halt are overblown, but governments could remove a few barriers to technological change and give innovators a helping hand, according to The Economist. "Even many regulations designed to help innovation are not working well," the magazine notes. "The West's intellectual-property system, for instance, is a mess, because it grants too many patents of dubious merit." The Economist (tiered subscription model) (12 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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