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    Banks are being discouraged from big project-finance deals by new global capital rules and the eurozone crisis, according to market participants, who say infrastructure schemes will increasingly be funded by investors. The FT reports.

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    It's been quite a week. I thought it might be helpful to take a step back from the drama and contrast 2008 versus 2011 from an economic standpoint.

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    President Barack Obama's financial overhaul law is nearly a year old. For congressional Republicans, the fight to weaken it is just starting.

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    Hedge funds and local investors have been getting increasingly pessimistic about Greater China stocks, with the short interest on the Hang Seng Index now near a one year high. But The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is taking a contrarian view, saying it believes the MSCI-China Index could see a 40-80 percent upside through 2012.

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    From concerns over a hard landing to fears over stagflation, investors have found plenty of reasons to stay far away from China’s share market recently. The Shanghai Composite has fallen 3 percent so far this year, a lackluster performance for one of the fastest growing economies of the world.

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    China’s export-led growth model is on the verge of collapse, according to Richard Duncan, chief economist at Blackhorse Asset Management. He believes that it’s only a matter of time before the “great Chinese bubble” pops.

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    This week, Goldman Sachs joined banks including JP Morgan in lowering their outlook for China’s growth, but HSBC says the recent trend of softening commodity prices could actually help boost mainland equities by 20 percent in the second-half.

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    European leaders can't seem to agree on how - or whether - to help Greece. But they sure aren't helping the euro.

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    The financial crisis has dealt a major blow to China's export-led growth model by ushering in a prolonged period of weak global growth. Even if China is successful at igniting domestic consumption, GDP growth could well halve to 5 percent a year on average in this decade.

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    The financial crisis has dealt a major blow to China's export-led growth model by ushering in a prolonged period of weak global growth. Even if China is successful at igniting domestic consumption, GDP growth could well halve to 5 percent a year on average in this decade.

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    Colombia, the fourth largest economy in South America, could see its NYSE listings double in the next year. The NYSE currently has two Colombian listings, totaling a market cap of $97.4 billion — only 7 percent of the NYSE’s Latin American total — and well behind Brazil’s 65 percent and Mexico’s 18 percent stakes.