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Beijing streets quiet due to COVID-19 case surge

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Streets in major Chinese cities are eerily quiet as people stay home to protect themselves from a surge in COVID-19 cases.

 
Streets in major Chinese cities are eerily quiet as people stay home to protect themselves from a surge in COVID-19 cases.

China is currently in the first of an expected three waves of COVID cases this winter.

Cases could multiply across the country if people follow typical travel patterns of returning to their home areas in a mass transit movement for the Lunar New Year holiday next month.

China is also yet to officially report any COVID deaths since Dec. 7, when the country abruptly ended most restrictions.

As part of the easing of the zero-COVID curbs, mass testing for the virus has ended, casting doubt on whether officially reported case numbers can capture the full scale of the outbreak.

In Beijing, the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant has already hit essential services.

Speaking at a conference in Beijing, the country’s chief epidemiologist said the current outbreak would peak this winter and run in three waves for about three months.

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ASEAN emerging as new global economic power?

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As global supply chains adapt to the pandemic and heightened US-China tensions, attention shifts to ASEAN’s emerging economies.

Could Vietnam and Indonesia lead ASEAN into becoming a third economic powerhouse alongside China and India? Professor Tim Harcourt of UTS and The Airport Economist on Ticker weighs in.

While debates on ‘deglobalisation’ persist, the question arises: is production truly shifting or merely realigning? Geopolitical uncertainties prompt businesses to diversify their supply chains away from China, a move influenced by both politics and economics. Taiwan, Vietnam, and Indonesia emerge as preferred destinations due to their strategic advantages and growing economies.

Australia’s recent Australian ASEAN Summit highlights the potential gains from closer ASEAN ties, given its vast population of over 640 million. What collaborative opportunities lie ahead?

Professor Harcourt’s upcoming Airport Economist ASEAN series on Ticker promises deeper insights into ASEAN’s economic landscape, revealing its potential as a significant global player.

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Investors assess geopolitical risks amidst tensions

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Amidst a backdrop of geopolitical easing, investors are reassessing their risk strategies to navigate a more tranquil global landscape.

This shift coincides with markets recalibrating expectations around potential rate cuts, resulting in a downturn in stocks.

In the tech sector, all eyes are on US earnings reports this week, particularly those of industry giants whose performance often sets the tone for market sentiment.

Additionally, anticipation mounts ahead of the release of Australian CPI data, scheduled for Wednesday, which promises insights into economic health and potential monetary policy implications.

These developments underscore the need for investors to remain vigilant and adaptable in response to evolving geopolitical and economic dynamics.

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Building the financial foundations for every decade

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Navigating financial milestones: strategies for success in your 20s, 30s, and beyond

Your 20s mark the beginning of your financial journey, and building sustainable cash flow habits is paramount. Start by tackling high-interest debts like credit cards and Afterpay systematically. Allocate at least 10% of your income to savings and automate it into high-interest investments. Be intentional with your budget, understanding how each expense serves you.

As you transition into your 30s, family and homeownership become significant commitments. Approach these decisions thoughtfully, considering affordability and lifestyle implications. Develop a strategy to pay off your home loan swiftly, regularly reviewing your interest rate and payment options.

In your 40s, focus shifts to superannuation, maximising concessional contributions for tax efficiency. Ensure your investments are managed by reputable professionals with the right asset allocation. Invest in properties with strong cash flow and growth potential to secure your financial future.

Each stage of life presents unique financial opportunities and challenges.

By following these guidelines, you can lay a solid foundation for wealth creation and security throughout your lifetime.

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