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  1. Business - Economy

    Private schools, dental visits fuel Australian inflation, pushing interest rate cuts off the table

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 03:18pm by Reuters

    ... of a historic mining boom. It means that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) could be forced to close the door on further rate cuts when it holds its first policy meeting of the year on Tuesday. The central bank might also have to ratchet back the rhetorical campaign for a weaker local currency given the risk higher prices for imported goods could further fuel inflation. “Higher near-term ...

  2. News - China - ECONOMY

    Inflation is controllable, People's Bank of China deputy Yi Gang says

    Posted Mar 04th 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan victoria.ruan@scmp.com Expected rise in CPI to 3pc unlikely to bring about any major policy shift, Yi Gang indicates Inflation is controllable, central bank deputy says ... Conference, deputy central bank governor Yi Gang said the consumer price index might rise to about 3 per cent, compared with 2.6 per cent last year. "We will face some inflationary pressures ...

  3. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    People's Bank of China sounds alarm over inflationary pressures

    Posted Feb 07th 2013, 10:59am by Daniel Ren, Sean Kennedy

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai and Sean Kennedy Monetary easing abroad may put extra inflationary pressure on a recovering mainland economy, the People's Bank of China warns Inflation likely to cast a pall over China in 2013 The mainland economy, already showing signs of recovery, will face inflation pressure as it falls victim to monetary easing by foreign countries, the central bank ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance

    South African central bank holds key rate, fears inflation

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 10:24pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Pretoria Despite weak economic growth South Africa’s Reserve Bank opted to leave interest rates on hold on Thursday, fearing any move to stimulate the economy now could fuel inflation. The bank left its key interest rate at 5.0 per cent, underscoring a growing quandary facing policymakers in Africa’s largest economy, who expect inflation to peak early ...

  5. Buyers misread policy targets

    Posted Sep 17th 2008, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... the country's central bank on Monday that it would cut the cost of lending and ease reserve requirements on banks. But investors who took a punt on property counters in the belief that the government was about to relax measures aimed at hosing down demand and prices could be disappointed. The consensus among analysts in the wake of the People's Bank of China's announcement ...

  6. Business - Economy

    Time for more easy money

    Posted Apr 30th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Washington and London With inflation slowing, central banks are ready to continue quantitative easing programmes, and in Japan's case, to dramatically ramp it up Time ... European Central Bank president Mario Draghi may cut his benchmark rate to a record low this week as ebbing price pressures let him deliver more stimulus to the euro area's recession-riddled ...

  7. Moody's says non-performing loans may rise

    Posted Jun 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... probably would manage another round of record earnings this year, Ms Schuler said yesterday. Even so, the ratings agency viewed the outlook for the banking industry in Hong Kong and the mainland 'as stable' for the next 18 months, while taking a 'negative' view of the rest of Asia. The agency noted that mainland banks' financial fundamentals had improved after ...

  8. Beijing to make growth main target, banks say

    Posted Mar 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... consumer price inflation at 4 per cent. Banks expect a higher growth rate, and the lower forecast means that the government would step up economic reforms that could boost domestic consumption, ... be hot topics at the NPC meeting, Peng said. Qu Hongbin, co-head of Asian economics research at HSBC, said the central bank would have to speed up quantitative easing by cutting reserve ...

  9. Bank cut signals policy easing

    Posted Feb 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com The mainland cut the required reserve ratio for banks by 50 basis points at the weekend, releasing about 370 billion yuan (HK$455 billion) to 400 billion yuan ... that the central bank did not reduce the ratio before the Lunar New Year. 'Capital markets are likely to react positively,' he said. The mainland needs to maintain a certain level of growth each ...

  10. Drought a reminder that it never rains but it pours

    Posted Feb 10th 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Suddenly the battle to bring inflation under control is looking a lot more urgent. On Tuesday, the People's Bank of China announced an increase in interest rates. The latest rise was the third since October last year, and came just weeks after the mainland authorities instructed banks to lock away a greater proportion of their deposits as reserves. Clearly, ...




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