Davy said John Lydon had “driven Deutsche to be the number one IPO house in Asia in three years”. Photograph: Reuters

John Lydon, Deutsche Bank’s top corporate financier in Asia, who advised on Alibaba’s $25 billion flotation, has been hired by the stockbroker and wea(...)

The global economy is ending the year in a fragile state with factory activity shrinking in China, euro zone business growth remaining weak, and emerg(...)

An employee welds the exterior of a vehicle along a production line at a factory in Qingdao, Shandong province. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Growth in China’s manufacturing sector slowed in November, suggesting the world’s second-largest economy is still losing momentum and adding pressure (...)

A customer selects vegetables  in Handan, Hebei province: Data last month showed China’s gross domestic product expanded by 7.3 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the lowest rate since the global financial crisis.  Photograph: Reuters

Combined with the property slowdown, nonperforming bank loans are among the things that will keep a Chinese policymaker awake at night, so the past we(...)

Customers look at a model of a new residential compound, at a showroom in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photograph: Reuters

It’s not just in Hong Kong, of course, that the property market is part of broader concerns about the economy. That can also be found north of the bor(...)

Protesters wave mobile phones as they sing during a rally blocking the main road to the financial central district in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours of today, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of (...)

 Policemen resting at the end of the first day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, in Hong Kong. Photograph: EPA

Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub today, one (...)

Billionaire Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday . Alibaba, the e-commerce company started in 1999 with $60,000 cobbled together by Ma, cemented its status as a symbol of China’s economic emergence by raising $21.8 billion in a US initial public offering. A further sale of shares has brought this total to $25 billion. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Alibaba Group initial public offering last Friday now ranks as the world’s biggest in history at $25 billion, after the e-commerce giant and some of i(...)

Founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma attends the company’s initial price offering (IPO) at the New York Stock Exchange.

Alibaba ’s shares surged in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance to get in on what looks likely to be the largest i(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen during her monthly news conference yesterday in Washington, DC. US stocks advanced yesterday, sending the S&P 500 Index above a record closing level, after the Fed pledged to keep borrowing costs low for a “considerable time” after its asset-purchase programme ends. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hopes that the world’s central bankers will continue to support economic recovery gave European markets their first lift in nine days yesterday. (...)