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    PBOC Adds Cash to Ease Liquidity Stress With Rate Unchanged

    This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section: 

    China’s central bank supplied liquidity to commercial lenders on Monday to help them manage upcoming government bond sales, while leaving the price of the money unchanged as the economy recovers.

    The People’s Bank of China added 700 billion yuan ($101 billion) of one-year funding via the medium-term lending facility. The central bank said Friday that today’s operation is meant to offset the 400 billion yuan in loans coming due Monday and another 150 billion yuan maturing on Aug. 26.

    With the economy recovering slowly, the PBOC is trying to provide markets enough funding to purchase government bonds and make loans without fostering financial risks. In addition to Monday’s money, the central bank last week offered the most short-term funds since May, replenishing a banking system which needs about $500 billion this month.

    The net injection indicates “a more accommodative stance on keeping liquidity levels ample” so that commercial banks can continue to support bond issuance and to stabilize credit growth, said Liu Peiqian, a China economist at Natwest Group Plc. in Singapore. The move is “a signal to ensure policy continuity and stability” rather than a reaction to a slower pace of economic recovery, she said.

    The PBOC kept the interest rate on the funds unchanged at 2.95%. The yield on China’s 10-year government bonds fell 1 basis point to 2.93%.

    “The MLF injection is larger than expected,” said Ming Ming, head of fixed-income research at Citic Securities Co. in Beijing. “The PBOC’s overall neutral monetary policy has an easing bias in August. I expect the 10-year government yield to drop to around 2.8%.”

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    Black silicon photodetector hits record-breaking 132% efficiency

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    Together, these advances made for a device with 130-percent external quantum efficiency. The team even had these results independently verified by the German National Metrology Institute, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB).

    The researchers say that this record efficiency could improve the performance of basically any photodetector, including solar cells and other light sensors, and that the new detectors are already being manufactured for commercial use.

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    BioMarin Transformative Gene Therapy Turns Goldman More Bullish

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    A deeper dive into the cost-effectiveness of BioMarin’s Roctavian, which is on track to become the first
    approved gene therapy for Hemophilia A, and physician awareness left Goldman’s Salveen Richter more bullish on the prospects for the “transformative” therapy. * #

    Boosts already Street-high PT to $218 from $172, as research suggests a two- to three-times larger prevalence pool than previously estimated

    ** Sees average gross price of $2m-$3m as cost-effective compared to prophylactic factor therapy or Roche’s Hemlibra

    * “Majority of physicians plan to prescribe the drug upon approval to ~30% of their eligible patients and see utility across all severity levels”

    * Expects rapid adoption with an industry specialist highlighting that recent announcements by various payors for coverage of gene therapies bodes well for Roctavian

    * A decision from FDA is due Aug. 21 * BMRN shares are up 63% in the past year compared to a 30% gain for the Nasdaq Biotech Index

    * NOTE: Aug. 4, BioMarin Second Quarter Loss Per Share Wider Than Estimates
     

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    Retail Chains Abandon Manhattan: 'It's Unsustainable'

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    For four months, the Victoria’s Secret flagship store at Herald Square in Manhattan has been closed and not paying its $937,000 monthly rent. “It will be years before retail has even a chance of returning to New York City in its pre-Covid form,” the retailer’s parent company recently told its landlord in a legal document.

    “In the prime real estate areas, all the stores rely on having half international tourists and half local tourists or those from the local neighborhoods,” said Thiago Hueb, a founder of a jewelry company who had decided to close his flagship store on Madison Avenue before the pandemic struck because of high rents.

    Now brokers are calling him trying to lure him back to the block, but Mr. Hueb, whose jewelry is sold in 80 department stores nationwide, is not interested.

    “The avenue is no longer what it used to be,” he said.

    J.C. Penney and Neiman Marcus, the anchor tenants at two of the largest malls in Manhattan, recently filed for bankruptcy and announced that they would shutter those locations.

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    Platinum Quarterly Presentation Q1 2020

    This report carries a great deal of relevant information for the platinum market. Here is a section:

    Automotive demand down only 17% (-132 koz) YoY despite a 24% fall in Q1 light global vehicle sales

    Tightening global emissions standards, driving higher pgm loadings, partially counters lower auto sales/production

    W. Europe diesel share decline slowed on increased diesel sales

    Diesel vehicles still key for automakers to avoid or reduce heavy CO2 fines

    German diesel car market share continued to recover (Q1’20 average 35%, up 1.3% over 2019 average)

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    Changes in the global value of ecosystem services

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    3. Valuation is not privatization It is a misconception to assume that valuing ecosystem services in monetary units is the same as privatizing them or commodifying them for trade in private markets (Costanza, 2006; Costanza et al., 2012; McCauley, 2006; Monbiot, 2012). Most ecosystem services are public goods (non-rival and non-excludable) or common pool resources (rival but non-excludable), which means that privatization and conventional markets work poorly, if at all. In addition, the non-market values estimated for these ecosystem services often relate more to use or non-use values rather than exchange values (Daly, 1998). Nevertheless, knowing the value of ecosystem services is helpful for their effective management, which in some cases can include economic incentives, such as those used in successful systems of payment for these services (Farley and Costanza, 2010). In addition, it is important to note that valuation is unavoidable. We already value ecosystems and their services every time we make a decision involving trade-offs concerning them. The problem is that the valuation is implicit in the decision and hidden from view. Improved transparency about the valuation of ecosystem services (while recognizing the uncertainties and limitations) can only help to make better decisions.

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