Davos Fretting, China Slides, Vietnam's Investor Pitch: Eco Day

(Bloomberg) -- Welcome to Monday, Europe. Here’s the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help get your day and week started:

  • Some of the world’s big policy minds and makers gather this week in Davos, with the global elite richer than ever while having enough to fret about around renewed fears of the China slowdown and central banks that might find themselves behind the curve
  • Thorny issue. U.S.-China trade talks might be taking baby steps, but haven’t reached much agreement at all on the key issue of intellectual property; meanwhile, global trade data remain gloomy with South Korean exports taking an ugly turn
  • Fire sale. London home prices are tanking as Brexit talks remain stuck and the EU mulls an extension to reach a deal
  • Growing pains. A slowing economy in Italy is turning up the heat on the populist government’s budget plans
  • Welcome-mat rollout. Vietnam’s prime minister plugged his country in a Bloomberg TV interview as an investment haven to attract those turned off by trade penalties elsewhere
  • Currency games. World-champion baht strength is making policy more complicated in Thailand

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