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Daily Dispatches – Asia stock market woes

Man holding his head in distress

All eyes are on Asia Monday morning after shares tumbled on the back of a strong yen hitting exports, a weaker Aussie dollar, and news from China that it will not sacrifice the environment for short-term growth. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dropped 1.2% in early trade in Tokyo, extending its biggest weekly decline in 10 months.

Singapore starts clearing RMB

China’s Industrial and Commercial Bank will today start clearing renmimbi from Singapore, which could divert some RMB flows from Hong Kong.

Safe haven

Almost two-thirds of Australia’s top 100 companies listed on the stock exchange have subsidiaries in tax havens or low-tax jurisdictions, with 13 of the top 20 companies,  including two of the big four banks, using well-known tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda.  The use of tax shelters is attracting increasing scrutiny from country regulators around the world.

Playground bullies

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is facing accusations that it has failed to stamp out bullying, according to reports that complaints continue to emerge from staff responsible for the integrity of Australia’s financial markets.

New hires at Morgan Stanley

Jerome Leleu and Mille Cheng have been appointed co-heads of Asia-Pacific ECM.

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