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Past articles by Robert:

3 Must Read Stories: Trump Pressures North Korea, Tencent Rally, Gold to $1,400

U.S. President Donald Trump continues to pressure North Korea, warning the rogue regime that its behavior has "got to stop". Bloomberg has the latest in the war of words between the U.S. and North Korea, which tested a hydrogen bomb on the weekend and fired a missile over Japan last week: > President Donald Trump said it’s not “inevitable” that the U.S. will wind up in a war with North Korea… → Read More

3 Must Read Stories: North Korea “Begging for War”, China Slams Bitcoin, Google Hires in China

The Trump administration is upping its rhetoric against North Korea, with U.S. ambassador to the United nations accusing the rogue regime of "begging for war". The comments from ambassador Nikki Haley came as she pushed the United Nations for tougher sanctions against a regime that has escalated tensions in North Asia with the weekend test of a hydrogen bomb and last week's firing of a missile… → Read More

3 Must Read Stories: North Korea vs Trump, China’s Response, Asia Oil Trade Threatened

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened new sanctions against North Korea after the rogue regime tested a hydrogen bomb over the weekend. The provocative act has ratcheted up tensions in North Asia after North Korea fired a missile over U.S. ally Japan last week. While South Korea has called for "the toughest retaliation measures", President Trump took aim not only at Pyongyang but also China… → Read More

Gold, Lithium Stocks Shine

Mining stocks were the big winners in Australia on Friday, with lithium plays Orecobre (ORE.AU) and Galaxy Resources (GXY.AU) standout performers for the week. Galaxy Resources topped the S&P/ASX200 Index with a 7% advance on Friday, bringing its gain for the week to 15%. Orecobre's 1.6% rise brought its advance for the week to 19%. Both companies reported profits during the week, with… → Read More

3 Must Read Stories: China’s Party Reshuffle, Bitcoin Bubble, China House Prices Soar

China will convene a significant meeting of the Communist Party on October 18, an event that is expected to lead to a major shakeup of the leadership of the world's second largest economy. The 19th Congress - held every five years - will be closely watched to see how President Xi Jinping's grip on power is translated into promotions for those closely aligned to him, plus investors will be… → Read More

3 Must Read Stories: Trump Blasts North Korea, Apple’s Market Cap Approaches $1 Trillion, Alibaba Pictures

U.S. president Donald Trump has reckons that talking isn't the way to deal with North Korea. A couple of days after North Korea fired a missile over U.S. ally Japan, the U.S president's patience with the rogue regime is running thin even though others in his administration see room for more diplomacy. Reutershas the details: > “The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them… → Read More

Toyota Invests in Uber Rival Grab

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.JP) has become the latest investor in Grab, the largest ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia. The Japanese automotive giant, through its Toyota Tsusho trading arm, will invest an undisclosed amount into Grab, which has also attracted investments from Softbank and Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing as its seeks to raise $2.5 billion. Toyota will also collaborate… → Read More

5 Gold Stocks To Buy As The Precious Metal Breaks Above $1,300

Gold was trading around $1,325 an ounce in late Asian trading on Tuesday as North Korea's latest missile launch attracted safe haven buying. The spike higher in the precious metal boosted Australian gold mining stocks, with Resolute Mining (RSG.AU) the second best performer in the S&P/ASX200 Index with a 7.6% gain. Saracen Mineral Holdings (SAR.AU) rose 5.9% and Northern Star Resources… → Read More

3 Must Read Stories: North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan, Yen Rally, Gold Breaks $1,300

North Korea has raised tensions further in North Asia after firing a missile over Japan. The latest provocative act from the rogue nation has rattled Asian markets in early trading on Tuesday, with Japan's Nikkei down 0.7% and South Korea's Kospi down 1%. > North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, reigniting tensions after a war of words earlier this month… → Read More

3 Must Read Stories: Uber’s New CEO, CBS Buys Ten, Trump Says “Bring Me Some Tariffs”

Uber has appointed Expedia's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi as the ride-hailing service's new CEO. Khosrowshahi, who replaces controversial founder Travis Kalanick, beat out high level competition such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman and former General Electric chairman Jeffrey Immelt. Bloomberghas the details on some of the challenges the new boss faces: The Expedia CEO is set to succeed… → Read More

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Eyes Cashless Society

Alibaba (BABA) founder Jack Ma has told Hong Kong's CEO Carrie Lam he wants to help turn the financial hub into a cashless society. The comments came as Hong Kong's political leader visited Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou. The South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba, has the details: > Ma told Lam that Alibaba hoped to help Hong Kong transform into a cashless society by taking… → Read More

BHP Billiton: Exits U.S. Shale as Profits Rebound

BHP Billiton (BHP.AU) (BHP) has succumbed to investor pressure, announcing for the first time that its onshore U.S. shale assets are non-core as its unveiled a lower-than-expected full-year profit of $5.89 billion. The world's largest miner's profit marked a reversal of fortune from last year's $6.4 billion loss, though the 454% increase in underlying net profit of $6.7 billion fell short of… → Read More

3 Must Read Stories: Gold vs Oil, Google Cloudless in China, China Debt

Gold has outshone oil this year thanks in part to rising geopolitical tensions, and analysts reckon there may be more outperformance to come. Bloomberg has taken a closer look at the relative outperformance of the yellow metal - up 11% this year - against crude, which has slipped 10%: > “Gold has rallied during the recent market setback and is now testing its key resistance level of $1,300,”… → Read More

Great Wall Motor to Buy Jeep?

China's Great Wall Motor (2333.HK) is interested in buying the Jeep brand from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU), reports Automotive News. The Jeep brand is strong but an acquisition could see the Chinese company invest heavily in design and marketing, and possibly mirror the success of Volvo under the ownership of China's Geely. Here's Automotive News with more details on Great Wall's interest:… → Read More

Alibaba Caught In China’s Internet Crackdown

Alibaba (BABA) has become the latest Chinese internet stock to fall foul of Beijing's internet crackdown as regulators ordered it to fix its Taobao service, reports Bloomberg. The news that Alibaba has been caught in Beijing's attempts to clean up the internet comes ahead of the e-commerce giant's latest quarterly earnings due out on Thursday morning U.S. time. Barron's emerging markets blogger… → Read More

Tesla Has Another Rival as Hyundai Unveils EV Plans

Tesla (TSLA) has yet another auto maker to compete with after South Korea's Hyundai Motor (005380.KR) unveiled its plans for a number of electric vehicles. Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors (000270.KR) - in which Hyundai has a 33% stake - are collectively the world's fifth largest car maker, and they join a growing line of auto giants, such as Toyota, that are aggressively pushing into electric… → Read More

U.S. at “Economic War” with China, Says Trump Adviser Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon, the controversial adviser to President Donald Trump, has declared the U.S. is engaged in an "economic war" with China only days after the White House outlined plans to pressure Beijing on intellectual property violations. The comments come as the U.S. seeks China's help in dealing with the rogue North Korean regime which continues to pursue a nuclear weapons program and has… → Read More

Bitcoin: Australia Cracks Down on Digital Currency Exchanges

Bitcoin exchanges will be regulated under new anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws proposed by the Australian government. The new laws will strengthen the powers of the Australian Transactions and Reporting Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), which has been in the headlines for alleging the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA.AU) breached the nation's anti-money laundering and… → Read More

3 Must Read Stories: Alibaba Chases Amazon, Tencent Eyes AI, eBay vs Amazon

The clock is ticking down to the release of Alibaba's quarterly earnings, with investors hoping the numbers will justify the massive run up in the Chinese e-commerce giant's shares this year. Alibaba (BABA) is up 81% this year and the surge has prompted Bloomberg to look at how the Chinese company's capitalization is catching up to that of Amazon (AMZN). The story is very brief but has a great… → Read More

Amazon: Here’s One Stock Cheering Its Global Expansion

The rise and rise of Amazon (AMZN) may have sparked an existential crisis for some old school bricks-and-mortar retailers, but the e-commerce giant's quest for global dominance isn't bad news for all stocks. Australian packaging play Pact Group (PGH.AU) was the worst performer in the S&P/ASX200 Index on Wednesday after investors gave the thumbs down to its full-year result, but billionaire… → Read More