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  1. FT Alphaville

    March 28, 2014

    A defense of occasional slow disclosure

    Some lawmakers are calling on the SEC to look at the disclosure rules for activist hedge funds, according to the Wall Street...

  2. March 14, 2014

    Temasek unit makes cash offer for Olam

    A consortium led by Temasek, Singapore’s state investment agency, has made a cash offer for Olam that values the company at...

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  1. Special Report: Boldness in Business 2012

    Seven success stories are honoured in this year’s awards...
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  1. February 4, 2014

    Muddy Waters rode shorting wave on Blinkx shares

    Carson Block, the investor known for betting against shares in Chinese companies, revealed on Tuesday that he had profited...

  2. FT Alphaville

    January 14, 2014

    Stop the frauds, an additional auditor option

    How might Chinese fraudsters be stopped? SkyTides, an investment firm started by a former auditor, has a suggestion: Special...

  3. beyondbrics

    November 1, 2013

    Qunar share price surge on IPO debut [updated]

    Who’s afraid of investing in small Chinese companies? Not US investors. Shares in Qunar, a popular travel website owned by...

  4. November 1, 2013

    Southern Cross the Dog, by Bill Cheng

    Southern Cross the Dog, by Bill Cheng, Picador, RRP£14.99 / Ecco, RRP$25.99, 336 pages William Styron might be rolling in...

  5. beyondbrics

    October 31, 2013

    About those US-listed Chinese IPOs...

    Are US-listed Chinese stocks back? Judging by the 42 per cent share price pop enjoyed by 58.com on its first day of trading...

  6. October 31, 2013

    China’s answer to Craigslist surges on US debut

    58.com, China’s answer to Craigslist, surged nearly 42 per cent to $24.12 in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on...

  7. October 28, 2013

    NQ: Counting the cash

    Remember that heart-stopping fear when you reach for your wallet and find that it is missing? Investor emotions when someone...

  8. August 23, 2013

    Mississippi Blues Trail harnesses history for heritage tourism

    In Tupelo, you can see the house where Elvis was born. In Clarksdale, you can visit the cabin where Muddy Waters was first...

  9. July 21, 2013

    Short-sellers: sound and fury

    Rebellion is hard to keep up. Biting the head off a bat on stage works brilliantly. But how to follow up? The high-profile...

  10. April 25, 2013

    Olam slashes spending in strategic review

    Olam, the Asian commodities trading house, sought to draw a line under five months of uncertainty by scaling back its...

  11. beyondbrics

    April 17, 2013

    Wilmar sees African sweet spot

    Asia’s footprint in Africa’s commodity-rich economies has been growing, with Singapore-listed companies among the biggest...

  12. April 16, 2013

    Accounting: Stalking the Big Four

    When Zhang Ke left Coopers & Lybrand in 1999 to set up his own accounting firm, some doubted the upstart would survive....

  13. beyondbrics

    February 25, 2013

    China: web games company tests the water for US float

    A web games company is about to test the appetite for Chinese floats in the US in one of the first such deals since the...

  14. beyondbrics

    February 12, 2013

    Olam in Africa: branching out

    Olam, the Asian agribusiness, is looking to test out an ambitious diversification plan in Africa. In a way, it shouldn’t be...

  15. February 11, 2013

    Short sellers hunt profits in Hong Kong

    Short sellers and analysts are increasingly turning their attention to Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong in the hunt for...

  16. February 7, 2013

    Olam’s strategy takes note of criticisms

    Olam, the Asian agribusiness, conceded that last year’s attacks by a prominent US short seller had hit home as the company...

  17. January 8, 2013

    Zoomlion denies falsely inflating sales

    Zoomlion has denied allegations that it falsely inflated sales by recognising prospective and even fictitious revenues...

  18. December 7, 2012

    Letter from Lex – Christmas shopping

    Some companies have started their Christmas shopping early. Baxter spent $4bn buying Swedish dialysis-product maker Gambro,...

  19. December 7, 2012

    Block shows off his righteous side

    It is barely two years since Carson Block set up Muddy Waters and made a splash by publicly damning Chinese companies he...

  20. FT Alphaville

    December 6, 2012

    It's a tough short life

    Muddy Waters’ Carson Block has made some big claims about the companies he and his colleagues have targeted and shorted, the...

  21. December 5, 2012

    Olam faces questions despite fundraising

    Is Olam, the Singapore agribusiness, out of the woods? Two weeks into a bruising battle against US short seller Carson...

  22. beyondbrics

    December 5, 2012

    Further reading: everything but the kitchen sink

    Wednesday’s picks from the BB team: Myanmar’s rapid shift to democracy; Bulgaria as an island of stability in Europe; and...

  23. December 4, 2012

    Olam / Muddy Waters – eat my shorts

    Singapore Inc to short sellers: Back off. Olam’s bonds-and-rights salvo aims the full financial firepower of Temasek, the...

  24. FT Alphaville

    December 4, 2012

    Not what the Singaporeans ordered...

    Here’s embattled agriculture combine Olam on Tuesday morning: The stock initially spiked 8 per cent in Singapore trading...

  25. FT Alphaville

    December 4, 2012

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Goodmorning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Le cliff Polonaise: Izzy looks at Poland’s surprise GDP drop off in the third quarters...

  26. December 4, 2012

    Chinese companies caught in SEC crossfire

    The Big Four auditors have been caught in the crossfire of a US-China regulatory dispute, but the biggest casualty could be...

  27. FT Alphaville

    December 3, 2012

    Olam's capital raise U-turn - a block on Block?

    “We are very comfortable with our balance sheet position, in terms of our equity position as well as our debt position,”...

  28. December 3, 2012

    Muddy Waters weighs on commodities traders

    The Muddy Waters-Olam saga is far from over. But whatever its conclusion, commodities trading executives are worrying about...

  29. FT Alphaville

    November 30, 2012

    The Weekender

    This week on FT Alphaville, - A Canadian took over FT Alphaville, the first ever foreigner to run the blog in its over 300...

  30. November 30, 2012

    Letter from Lex – perfect pairs

    An old journalist adage has it that two is news and three is a trend. This was a week of twos. The US began with an online...

  31. November 30, 2012

    Muddy Waters rebuts key Olam accusation

    Muddy Waters, the US short seller, on Friday denied it was acting in concert with hedge funds to drive down shares in Olam,...

  32. FT Alphaville

    November 29, 2012

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Thursday, - Bungee-jumping over the fiscal cliff. - The procedure of litigating pari passu? - The boondoggle or...

  33. FT Alphaville

    November 28, 2012

    Olam responds to Muddy Waters

    Following Muddy Waters’ report on why it’s shorting Olam, released yesterday, the company has released a detailed defence....

  34. FT Alphaville

    November 28, 2012

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York… FT ALPHAVILLE ‘China not a currency manipulator, everyone back to work’. Or, in US Treasury...

  35. November 28, 2012

    Olam hits back at Muddy Waters allegations

    Olam, the Asian commodity business under attack from short seller Muddy Waters Research, struck back with a robust defence...

  36. November 27, 2012

    Report catalogues concerns about Olam

    From his Singapore headquarters Sunny Verghese, the Indian chief executive of Olam, had been waiting anxiously for a...

  37. November 27, 2012

    Olam / Muddy Waters – answers please

    Muddy Waters took its name from a Chinese proverb about fishing in unclear waters. It doesn’t get much cloudier than a...

  38. November 27, 2012

    Muddy Waters issues critical Olam report

    Muddy Waters Research, the short selling firm, on Tuesday warned that Olam, the Asian commodity business, runs a high risk...

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