Bank Indonesia is taking a firm stance against cryptocurrencies as it urges all parties to refrain from owning, selling or trading the tokens.
“Owning virtual currencies is very risky and inherently speculative,” the central bank said in a statement Saturday. The digital tokens “are prone to forming asset bubbles and tend to be used as method for money laundering and terrorism funding, so it has the potential to affect financial-system stability and harm the public.”
The move highlights the challenge faced by regulators as they seek to manage potential risks from the global cryptocurrency mania while lacking the authority to prohibit its use. South Korea’s central bank banned employees from trading cryptocurrencies on the job last week, while China has outlined proposals to discourage bitcoin mining, the process by which the virtual currency enters circulation.
Bank Indonesia’s statement follows its earlier ban on financial technology companies using cryptocurrencies for transactions in January, which doesn’t prohibit trading of the digital tokens itself. While the authority reiterates an existing ban on payment-system providers under its watch from processing transactions using digital currencies, PT Bitcoin Indonesia, a virtual-currency exchange that boasts more than 940,000 members, doesn’t fall under its supervision.
Hot China Stocks To Buy For 2019: Focus Media Holding Limited(FMCN)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) bonds fell 0.9% against their face value during trading on Monday. The high-yield debt issue has a 7.25% coupon and will mature on April 1, 2023. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $99.13 and were trading at $98.13 last week. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel moves in its share price.
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An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) debt fell 1.1% against its face value during trading on Tuesday. The debt issue has a 7.5% coupon and is set to mature on April 1, 2025. The debt is now trading at $97.63 and was trading at $98.50 last week. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel changes in its stock price.
Hot China Stocks To Buy For 2019: Renesola Ltd.(SOL)
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Shares of ReneSola traded up $0.08, hitting $2.76, during trading on Friday, Marketbeat.com reports. The stock had a trading volume of 124,969 shares, compared to its average volume of 108,565. The firm has a market capitalization of $102.11 million, a PE ratio of 21.23 and a beta of 2.05. The company has a current ratio of 1.17, a quick ratio of 1.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36. ReneSola has a 12 month low of $2.12 and a 12 month high of $3.79.
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Hot China Stocks To Buy For 2019: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)
- [By Paul Ausick]
The company is controlled by China’s largest internet search firm, Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), which holds about 93% of the company’s voting power. Based on the IPO price, iQIYI has a market cap of around $13.67 billion, and Baidu will retain ownership of more than 80% of the class A common stock.
- [By Leo Sun]
Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) recently signed a sweeping strategic partnership that pools their resources in “frontier areas” including AI, big data, 5G networks, and driverless cars. China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in China, will also offer exclusive discounted data plans for 13 Baidu products, including Baidu’s core app, its iQiyivideo streaming platform, and its Reddit-like PostBar social media network.
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Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has struggled to get mainstream search engine status in China. Stymied by the government and local search engine company Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), it has never made real progress. Its latest move is to buy into China’s online market.
- [By Steve Symington]
Shares of Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) fell 9.5% on Friday after the Chinese internet search leader announced that its chief operating officer, Qi Lu, is stepping down from his post.