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UPDATE 2-FTSE Russell declines to add China A shares to emerging market index

FTSE Russell's Chief Executive Mark Makepeace said it would keep the A shares on its watch list for possible inclusion as a secondary emerging market, saying it was not a matter of "if but when" China would be elevated to emerging market status. "China's important and it is going to happen with China," Makepeace said by phone. Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Poland and...

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 1-FTSE Russell declines to add China A shares to emerging market index

The company noted that it had added Argentina and Romania to its watch list for possible upgrades to frontier market and secondary emerging market status, respectively, and Nigeria for possible downgrade from frontier market to unclassified. Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Poland and Saudi Arabia all remain on the watch list for possible reclassification, but...

Source: Reuters

RPT-COLUMN-China buys record North Korean coal as sanctions ignored: Russell

LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 26- It appears that China is interpreting the "people's well-being" as meaning North Korea should be able to export record amounts of coal in defiance of sanctions against the rogue nuclear-armed state. China imported 2.465 million tonnes of coal from North Korea in August, the highest on record, and 61 percent above what was bought in...

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Squeezing North Korea: Old friends take steps to isolate regime

Cold War-era allies from Poland to Mongolia are taking measures to squeeze the isolated country.

Source: Reuters

COLUMN-China buys record North Korean coal as sanctions ignored: Russell

LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 26- It appears that China is interpreting the "people's well-being" as meaning North Korea should be able to export record amounts of coal in defiance of sanctions against the rogue nuclear-armed state. China imported 2.465 million tonnes of coal from North Korea in August, the highest on record, and 61 percent above what was bought in...

Source: Reuters

FACTBOX-How low can they go? Central bank policy easing around the world

LONDON, Sept 21- Kenya's central bank unexpectedly cut its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points on Tuesday, a move aimed at spurring credit growth and facilitated by inflation remaining within the government's target band. Interactive link: http://reut.rs/24kleab KENYA Sept 20/ May 23. ARGENTINA Sept 20, 13, 6/ Aug. 30, 23, 16, 9, 2/ July 5/ June 28, 21, 14, 7/ May...

Source: Reuters

As Mongolia teeters, bond investors bank on China for bailout

*After commodity boom, default risks rise in Mongolia. HONG KONG/ LONDON, Sept 20- Holders of Mongolia's high-yielding dollar bonds are looking beyond a sharp rise in sovereign default risks on a bet that China or the International Monetary Fund will help the once-booming commodity producer to stay solvent. Mongolia, a vast country of just three million people, is...

Source: Reuters

Mongolia to pitch railway projects to China-backed AIIB - govt adviser

But China's "One Belt One Road" project, along with another initiative to create an "economic corridor" connecting it to Mongolia and Russia, has provided opportunities for Mongolia to kickstart new projects, including the expansion of the Trans-Mongolian railway and construction of a new route going east, said Yondon Manlaibayar, an adviser to Mongolia's...

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Is Mongolia's outlook uncertain or improving?

Prophecy Development's John Lee says Mongolia's investments inflows have been affected by the commodities downturn and its economic outlook is uncertain.

Source: CNBC.com

EMERGING MARKETS-Stocks selloff rumbles on, China strains hit Asia FX

LONDON, Sept 14- Emerging market stocks fell for a fourth day running on Wednesday as growing concerns about the ability of central banks to keep pump priming global growth left them on their worst run in three months. Another 0.3 percent fall pushed MSCI's closely-followed 27- country EM index to a six-week low, though emerging Europe's bourses offered some...

Source: Reuters