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Will you pay more for fair trade coffee?

Awareness about socially responsible products is increasing, but are consumers willing to pay a premium for them? Fair trade coffee or regular coffee? Do you agonize over that decision? If your answer is yes, you are part of a subset of consumers who prefer to buy socially responsible products. A few consumers, particularly in developed countries, have started caring about how companies treat employees, animals and the environment. As a result, things like fair trade coffee, organic food, environmentally safe cleaning products, cosmetics which don’t use animals for testing and electric cars are slowly gaining popularity. But there’s a flipside. Socially responsible products often come … [Read More...]


Local Government Debt in China

Local government debt in China is spinning out of control. A look at the most indebted cities in China and the size of their debts. Nearly everyone agrees that China has a serious local debt … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: China GDP Growth at 18-Month Low; Weibo’s IPO; and Candy Crush on WeChat

The week that was: China GDP growth falls to 7.4%; government may ease controls on housing market; and Tencent to bring popular game Candy Crush to … [Read More...]

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Box Office Sales: It’s all a Matter of Timing (Part 2)

Last time I discussed how important movie-release timing is to box office sales in the US and how studios play a game of “chicken” to obtain the … [Read More...]


Carl Walter on the fragility in the Chinese banking system

Carl Walter, former COO of JP Morgan in China and CEO of its China banking subsidiary, paints a gloomy picture of the Chinese banking system and … [Read More...]

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Cyber vulnerability: Is a digital disaster the next big thing?

The Heartbleed internet security bug has exposed just how vulnerable the world is to a digital disaster. Networked computers have created trillions … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: China’s growth slows; Shuanghui’s IPO; and cross-border investments

The week that was: China's growth slows further; financial regulators wrangle over debt problems; and meat processing company Shuanghai International … [Read More...]

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Rolls-Royce in China: Riding on China’s Growth

Patrick Horgan, Regional Director, North-East Asia, on how Rolls-Royce diversified in China. Unknown to many, China’s engage­ment with Rolls-Royce, … [Read More...]

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Stephen Roach on the US and China’s Unhealthy Codependency

Stephen Roach, former Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, believes that the US and China's codependency will lead to further imbalances in the global … [Read More...]


Box Office Sales: It’s all a Matter of Timing (Part 1)

  Box office sales are a function of movie release timings, but warding off competition is a different ball game altogether. … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: A stimulus package to beat the slowdown; Alibaba’s offline investment and Huawei’s results

This week that was: China releases a moderate stimulus package; Alibaba picks up a stake in Intime Retail; Huawei scores a profit surge in 2013; and … [Read More...]

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Stephen Roach: China is moving to a healthier growth model

According to former Morgan Stanley Asia Chairman Stephen Roach, China is transitioning to a more stable economic model with a greater—and … [Read More...]

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Tesla in China: Elon Musk’s Litmus Test

Will the ‘fair price’ strategy help electric car manufacturer Tesla in China? Elon Musk, the maverick founder and CEO of the Silicon … [Read More...]

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CKGSB Magazine March 2014: The Digital Takeover – Internet Finance versus Traditional Banks

You are invited to download the March 2014 issue of CKGSB Magazine. You’ll enjoy articles and interviews like: COVER STORY The Money Matrix: As … [Read More...]

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Internet Finance in China: Will it Disrupt Traditional Banking?

As consumers drift towards easy-to-use internet finance in China, what will happen to traditional banks? Like many businesses the world over, … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: China’s manufacturing activity falls; Alibaba launches crowdfunding platform; and KFC’s makeover

The week that was: China’s manufacturing activity continues on its downward trend; Tencent acquires a 28% stake in South Korean gaming giant CJ Games; … [Read More...]

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Regulating internet finance in China

Chen Long, Professor of Finance at CKGSB, believes that the authorities have to tread a fine line while regulating internet finance products in China … [Read More...]