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  1. Low employment rate not necessarily good news for Hong Kong's future

    Posted Dec 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... leaving the labour force and a decreasing number of people entering it. The former is caused by the retirement of baby boomers while a decline in the birth rate since the 1980s accounts ... The government recently announced the unemployment rate had dropped from 3.9 per cent in October to 3.6 per cent in November, and victoriously claimed it was the lowest level since April ...

  2. Singapore and babynomics

    Posted Jun 19th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and Singapore.) If the Monetary Authority of Singapore is right, this low birth rate means we should expect more real effective exchange rate depreciation in the future. With our fixed currency, ... duty to procreate, the Singapore dollar will crash in the foreign exchange market. The paper's authors were not talking about ordinary, everyday market exchange rates. They were examining ...

  3. Bolster, don't bash, Japan's economy

    Posted Feb 09th 2007, 12:00am by Christopher Johnson

    ... higher taxes, amid a declining birth rate and shrinking workforce. Household spending dropped every month last year, while the Labour Ministry said wages- which shrivelled by 10 per cent between ... rates, which are well below the global norm. Economics and Fiscal Policy Minister Hiroko Ota and others have pressured bank officials to move slowly, or not at all, on tightening the money ...

  4. High GDP growth is not the be-all and end-all

    Posted Feb 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jake van der Kamp The source of the problem is the city's low birth rate, which demography expert Paul Yip Siu-fai believes has to be doubled to keep the economy growing at the current rate by 2018. 'Now on average 1.04 children are born to each Hong Kong woman. We need to raise that ratio to 2.1 to meet the demand,' he said. SCMP, Feb 10 How things change. You ...

  5. Next year should be good but economic old age is approaching

    Posted Dec 27th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... election for chief executive, 2007 should feel relatively prosperous for most of us. The longer-term outlook, however, is less rosy. With one of the world's lowest birth rates at just 0.9 ... the heady rates of 8.6 per cent and 7.3 per cent seen in 2004 and 2005. Still, it is considerably better than the sickly 3.2 per cent rate recorded in 2003. Moreover, with unemployment down ...

  6. In Brief

    Posted Dec 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... assistants, as their hourly rates were low. Median age has increased by 13 years since 1981 The median age rose from 26.3 in 1981 to 39.6 last year due to declining fertility and people living longer, the Census and Statistics Department said. The total fertility rate over the past 25 years fell by nearly half, from 1,933 live births per 1,000 women in 1981 to 984 last year. Life expectancy ...

  7. Adaptation the key to surviving an evolutionary trend

    Posted Nov 04th 2004, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Louis Beckerling Banks that have clung to survival by taking in customer deposits and lending at higher rates of interest to borrowers than they pay their depositors are rapidly becoming ... for a shrinking loan pie. Home loans that were advanced at significant premiums to prime lending rates were once regarded in the industry as a 'licence to make money'. But the mortgage price war ...

  8. Want a financial tip? Expect the unexpected

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... forecast is based on an average increase between now and 2037 of 93,000 babies a year- close to last year's 95,000 births. But the number of babies born in the city last year was effectively only 58,000 because 37,000 were born to mothers from the mainland. If the government now bans birth tourism, as seems likely, the number of births will fall about 40 per cent. As a result, Hong ...

  9. Global reserve currency proves to be a curse for the issuing country

    Posted Oct 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Andrew Sheng On October 5, the Triffin International Foundation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Triffin, a Belgian economist who worked at the US Federal Reserve ... over whether to maintain its peg to gold, which it abandoned in 1971. This removed the anchor of the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates. The succeeding Bretton Woods II has become ...

  10. New rules may revive corporate bond market

    Posted Sep 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Tom Miller

    ... at this spring's Financial Working Meeting, chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao. 'The publication of the rules symbolises the birth of the country's corporate debt market,' the CSRC declared ... are expected to give a new funding avenue to listed companies with weaker links to the state- although all companies will welcome cheaper access to credit, as interest rates on corporate bonds ...



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