Why China Slashed Jack Ma's Ant IPO Hopes, Experts Explain

Why China Slashed Jack Ma's Ant IPO Hopes, Experts Explain

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd BABA-owned Ant Group’s initial public offering may have been scuttled by Beijing due to its "disinclination to allow entrepreneurs out of their lane," Duncan Clark, author of "Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built" told the Financial Times.

China's Fintech Ambitions: Financial stability, a keynote policy of China’s President Xi Jinping, is taking center stage amid the emerging rivalry with the United States. The intent to shore up this stability was likely a key factor in the Chinese Communist Party's decision to halt the IPO, FT reported Wednesday.

“The Communist party is pushing back,” Clark told FT. Ma putting the internet to good use in the commerce sector might have gone with the Chinese government, but "applying this chemistry to the financial sector is on another level it seems."

Ant might have started as a payments company alone but has come to challenge the dominance of government-run institutions like ICBC and the China Construction Bank, FT noted.

Ma's Bravado Not Well-Received: The group founder Jack Ma’s stand against the country’s bankers and regulators is also said to be another important factor.

“The speech by Jack Ma in Shanghai suggests he wanted to openly challenge the regulator which is unacceptable,” a senior executive at a Chinese bank told FT. Chen Zhiwu, a professor of finance at Hong Kong University, suggested the regulatory crackdown has to be a result of Ma's comments.

The professor also noted that China’s Xinhua News agency publicly attacked Ma, post the speech.

Don't Be So 'Casual:' The night Ma and other Ant executives were summoned by China’s regulators, Xinhua published a cryptic article, first noted on Momentum Works’ blog, titled “Don’t talk casually, don’t do things casually, and people should not be casual.”

The Chinese language article featured a painting by the Japanese artist Kaii Higashiyama, which shows a horse in the clouds. Ma’s Chinese name Ma Yun literally means Horse and Clouds.

The line immediately above the painting in the article reads, “Everything has its costs, if you do not have the capital, please do not do whatever you want.”

The suspension of the IPO has led to an erosion of $3 billion in Ma’s own wealth but he is still valued at $56.1 billion.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Wednesday that the IPO suspension was a required measure and it was needed to “better maintain the stability of the capital markets and to protect investors’ interests,” according to FT.

Price Action: Alibaba shares traded 4% higher at $307.72 in the pre-market session Thursday.

Photo courtesy: World Economic Forum via Wikimedia

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.

 

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