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  1. 'Occupy' activists make themselves at home

    Posted Nov 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Ip chris.ip@scmp.com Beneath the glass and steel of the HSBC tower, life has settled into a steady rhythm for the Occupy Central movement. A month has passed since the protesters set ... In Occupy Central, Yau has what she calls a 'small society'. There are more tents than when the movement was in its infancy- 27 on Thursday- but only about 20 people sleep there each ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The limits of central banking

    Posted Aug 18th 2012, 12:00am by Andrew Sheng

    ... Andrew Sheng Andrew Sheng says an overreaching monetary policy only delays the inevitable and dents banks' credibility While politicians fiddle, central bankers seem only to be adding fizz to bubbles Central banking used to be an august profession- highly respected, almost revered, mainly because central bankers looked after everybody's money. But now that Wall Street ...

  3. Charity events would not be out of place in a democratic socialist society

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... During the Occupy Central protest last month, I gave my views on charity events like the Central Rat Race ('Anti-Wall Street protest reaches Asia's capitals', October 16). ... including the Central Rat Race, which raises funds for a mental health charity. However, instead of relying on personal goodwill through contributing to charity events, what we need ...

  4. Mainland risks a return to central-planning mindset

    Posted Jan 28th 2008, 12:00am by James Dorn

    ... third-largest trading nation and private property is constitutionally recognised. Nevertheless, important remnants of central planning and control remain, which impede Beijing's proclaimed goal ... top-down central planning. The major problems on the mainland stem from weak institutions, not from the lack of 'scientific development'. As Peter Bauer, a pioneering development ...

  5. Central bank tightens limits for new loans

    Posted Jan 15th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing The mainland's central bank has ordered the country's biggest lenders to limit new loans and warned commercial banks that they would be penalised ... of China had set the total new-lending target for the banking system this year at 3.63 trillion yuan. New loans made last year reached 2.9 trillion yuan. The central bank wants to tighten lending ...

  6. Central bank to break out weapons to cool economy

    Posted Dec 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Authority to tighten monetary policy to curb inflation The central bank said yesterday it would use various tools to implement a tighter monetary policy, a day after ... liquidity management. The central bank pledged to use 'forceful measures' to curb inflation, prevent investment bubbles and rein in overheating, according to a statement posted on its ...

  7. Meddling central bankers can be a bigger threat than speculators

    Posted Feb 28th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... implications for financial stability.' Joseph Yam Chi-kwong Hong Kong Monetary Authority I DON'T BUY IT. What we have here is central banker talk that ignores the culpability of central ... trade and investment flows. But the conclusion that then arises, at least the one central bankers favour, does not necessarily apply. It goes as follows: The result of currency speculation ...

  8. Despite dollar doldrums, Asian central bankers have little choice

    Posted Feb 26th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland IT HAS BEEN a turbulent week in Asia's foreign exchange markets. Rumours, hastily denied, that Asian central banks were planning to sell US dollars sent the American ... officials and central bankers. For many foreign exchange dealers, this seemed to confirm their worst fears: a sinister conspiracy among Asian governments to manipulate the world's currency ...

  9. Champion Reit nets HK$269m on rise in Central office rents

    Posted Aug 09th 2007, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... months that it operated last year. The reit, which earns income from the grade A office complex Citibank Plaza in Central, achieved distributable income of HK$257.04 million from April 26 ... on the gross rental area, HK$15 higher than in December last year. Strong demand from the banking and financial services sectors and shrinking vacancy rates were pushing up office rents in Central, Mr ...

  10. Beware wealth's flight to safety in turbulent 2012

    Posted Jan 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... about the costs of German reunification, will soon realise that Greece will be the first, not the last, to be rescued. Rather than a central governing authority, a far more likely outcome ... or his successor will accommodate with monetary easing that other central bankers will emulate via protectionist beggar-thy-neighbour policies. This will bring inflation. If governments augment ...




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