The fortunes of China’s richest billionaires have fallen by almost 40% for the year
The combined fortune of China’s 100 richest billionaires for the year plummeted by more than $570 billion, or almost 40%. Their combined net worth has fallen below the $1 trillion mark during that time, Forbes reported.
“The combined net worth of the tycoons on Forbes 2022 list of China’s 100 richest people fell 39 percent to $907.1 billion from $1.48 trillion last year,” the story said.
The drop in wealth of the richest Chinese billionaire was the largest in more than 20 years – since Forbes USA began tracking the figures. Over the year, only two entrepreneurs in the top 100 ranking could increase their wealth. The overwhelming part of the list (79 billionaires), by contrast, has become poorer over this time.
The main reasons for the overall decline in wealth of the richest people in China were: the pressure of the PRCauthorities on large representatives of the IT sector, the introduction of lockdowns with the spread of coronavirus, economic growth slowdown and the weakening of the yuan against the U.S. dollar by 12%.
On October 24, Bloomberg agency, citing trading data from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, reported that stocks of leading Chinese firms collapsed following the re-election of Xi Jinping to a third term as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China. This led to a 7.3 percent drop in China’s companies index, to 5,019.96 points.
Earlier we reported that gas consumption in Europe fell by 22% in October.
Fed Chair Powell to testify at US Senate June 22
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will testify at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on June 22 at 10 am Eastern time, panel chief Sherrod Brown said on Friday.
The testimony marks the second iteration of the Fed chair’s twice-yearly reports to Congress on the state of U.S. monetary policy, and will come a week after the Fed’s upcoming interest-rate-setting meeting at which it is expected to leave borrowing costs unchanged despite still-high inflation.
S&P spares France from rating downgrade
Ratings agency S&P spared France on Friday the embarrassment of downgrading the country’s sovereign debt, but remained cautious about the outlook on account of the strained public accounts.
S&P left the country’s AA rating untouched after a regular review and said that the outlook remained negative due to “downside risks to our forecast for France’s public finances amid its already elevated general government debt”.
A downgrade would have been the second in six weeks after rival agency Fitch cut its rating at the end of April to AA- over concerns about potential political paralysis and social unrest.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told weekend newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that S&P’s decision to keep its AA rating was a “positive signal” and that the government’s public finance strategy was credible.
President Emmanuel Macron’s government is under pressure to prove that the government can stick to its deficit and debt reduction plans in the face of stubbornly high public spending and a rising cost of interest payments.
ECB’s Visco says falling energy prices should help tame inflation
The rapid decline in energy costs should help to tame inflation in Europe, Bank of Italy governor Ignazio Visco said on Saturday, urging companies not to seek to boost their margins by leaving prices higher for longer.
Visco, a member of the European Central Bank’s governing council, said the key issue was what happened to inflation now that energy prices had retreated from peaks hit after last year’s Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“I expect that at this point there will also be a cooling in the increase in core inflation, as we call it, which should reflect this reduction in the cost of energy,” Visco told the International Economy Festival in Turin.
“If this happens, (ECB) monetary policy is certainly the correct one at the moment even if I would perhaps have pressed for a more gradual approach,” he added.
Euro zone inflation eased more than expected in May fuelling a debate about the need for further ECB rate hikes beyond an increase expected later this month.
Inflation in the 20 nations sharing the euro eased to 6.1% in May from 7.0% in April, below expectations for 6.3% in a Reuters poll of economists.
Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and fuel prices and which has played an increasing role in the ECB’s policy deliberations, fell to 5.3%.
Visco warned against a wage-price spiral, saying salary rises should come against a backdrop of a growing economy rather than chasing inflation.
He also said companies had a role to play in ensuring that inflation was brought under control so that the ECB did not keep having to push up the cost of borrowing.
“It is not in the interest of companies themselves … to fail to reflect the lower cost of energy in their prices because then the cost of financing would rise,” he added.
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