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QFINANCE: financial news roundup (January 10 - 16, 2014)

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Each week brings you some of the biggest news stories from the past five days in finance and business – essential reading to keep you up to date with the latest topics.

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Thursday January 16

With the most expensive properties in the world, some analysts warn Hong Kong’s real estate market is becoming overheated. BBC correspondent Linda Yueh looks into the market and assesses whether current measures to cool it down will have the desired effect.

Related article: Hong Kong has narrow window to prepare for Renminbi convertibility

The dollar rose today as global stocks steadied around multi-year peaks, Reuters reported. This follows robust US, Japanese and European data and some upbeat corporate earnings, according to the article.

Wednesday January 15

In the US, it was revealed that regulators gave in to the demands of community banks, which complained they risked facing $600 million in losses because of a provision in the Volcker rule, the FT reported.

Related definition: Volcker rule

The EU is falling behind India and China, George Osborne warned on Wednesday. He asserted that "we can't go on like this [… there is a] simple choice for Europe: reform or decline," The Times of India reported.

Tuesday January 14

The World Bank has forecast stronger growth for 2014, claiming that the global economy is at a "turning point", the BBC reported. The bank said that richer countries finally appeared to be "turning a corner."

Related article: Future Directions: The Global Economy After the Crash

In a major step to tighten financial regulations, the EU has agreed on a new deal to overhaul rules for financial markets, The Wall Street Journal reported. Mere hours after the deal was sealed, negotiators in Brussels raised concerns that it might have left loopholes.

Monday January 13

Spain’s economy grew at its fastest pace in almost six years, the Wall Street Journal reported, raising expectations that the country’s job creation will pick up this year.

Related article: Austerity vs Stimulus in the Context of the EU Crisis

“Banks are becoming increasingly dependent on surging equity markets”, the FT reported on Monday, with almost half of the total investment banking revenues generated by equity trading in the fourth quarter.

Friday January 10

Murdoch’s media business, 21st Century Fox, is being delisted from the Australian stock market, the Independent reported. The business will keep its primary listing on New York’s Nasdaq as part of what Murdoch called “our ongoing agenda to simplify the operating and capital structure”.

Related article: Australia's economy: bit of a curate's egg but way better than Europe's

Come back next week for another report on the world of business and finance.

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