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First China-U.K. Freight Train Departs as Xi Seeks to Lift Trade: 4DBC

The first train departed Yiwu in eastern Zhejiang province on Jan. 1 and will cover more than 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) in about 18 days before reaching London, China Railway Corp. said in a statement Monday. The service, carrying garments, bags and suitcases among other items, will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France.

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The Most Popular Investor Picks for Emerging Markets in 2017

The top calls for this year are centered on markets where the political climate is improving and assets are less vulnerable to external shocks arising from higher U.S. borrowing costs and President-elect Donald Trump’s policy announcements.


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This Is Where the World's Highest-Paid Expats Live

It pays to be an expatriate in Switzerland.

Expats living in the home of UBS Group AG, drug maker Novartis AG and commodity trader Glencore Plc earn an average salary of $188,275 a year. That’s the highest in the world and almost twice the global average, according to data published Monday by HSBC Holdings Plc. Switzerland also tops the bank’s expat career ranking for a second year.

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Solar Could Beat Coal to Become the Cheapest Power on Earth

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.

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What the EU could learn from the Pacific Alliance

In theory the EU should be a great idea. In practice not so much.
As a trade bloc it has a lot going for it. It’s the world’s richest single market, with standards that protect the consumer. It gives the European countries weight against China, which often uses predatory trade practices, such as dumping, against smaller trade ‘partners’.

But of course the trouble with the EU is that it’s not just a trade block. The core EU states also have monetary union – and the perils of two economies as distinct as Germany and Greece sharing the same monetary policy have become clear.

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7 tips for firing staff

Firing someone is tough, and is a decision that should never be taken lightly. Here, Kirsty Senior from citrusHR helps both new and experienced employers alike understand the top seven tips on how to fire someone…

Don’t shy away from tough firing decisions

If you feel that an employee is not the right fit for your business, whether due to their performance, attitude, or something that can’t be solved by training (i.e. they just don’t gel with the rest of the team), then making the decision sooner rather than later is important.

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How to raise £100,000 for your business

Raising £100,000 might seem like a mountain to climb when you are just starting in the early days of your business, but it need not be that hard. Self finance and banks are not the only options available to you. There are a few other ways to get going.

To determine what path you will take to finding the right funding for you, you will have to pose yourself a series of questions. What is your business? If it is an internet or technology-based company you might need more money and an investor who is prepared to take a higher risk.

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How to become a property developer: 8 simple steps

If you’re keen to catch the market on a fast upward streak, read our eight simple steps to property development success and get scouting for the perfect investment opportunities now.

1. Develop a property development business plan

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Government aides firms to enter Middle Eastern markets

The government plans to open a centre in Dubai to help UK companies set up and do business in the Middle East.

The ‘trading hub’, which will be run by government agency UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), will be opened on May 17 2007, it was announced yesterday.

The centre will provide UK companies with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for resources, advice and support to help them tap into the ‘booming Middle East and North African markets’, the government claimed.

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Junior stock markets enter era of the reverse

Reverse takeovers may become the norm on the junior stock markets as the lack of liquidity helps acquiring businesses but prevents IPOs, it has been claimed. Currently the PLUS and AIM markets are blighted by an all-time low in investor confidence as well as a serious lack of activity. However accountancy firm Mazars says that while reverse take-overs may offer little added value in buoyant markets, the opposite is often true when they are liquidity hungry.

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