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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:00am

    ... Filin.   Bank reveals Asian development picture The Asian Development Bank reveals its latest report on developing economies in the region at an event in Hong Kong. The annual Asian Economic ... Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories... Australia's prime minister in Beijing Australia continues its efforts to build ties with China as Prime Minister ...

  2. Business - Economy

    Time for more easy money

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

    ... confronts inflation below the central banks' desired levels, according to Ethan Harris, a co-head of global economics research at Bank of America in New York. "There is a developing ... 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 ...

  3. Beijing to make growth main target, banks say

    Posted Mar 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... the government could hasten the liberalisation of interest rates by launching pilot schemes among selective banks, and gradually encourage them to develop consumer loan products in order to stimulate ... 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, ...

  4. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    China's mild inflation rise leaves door open for rate cut

    Posted May 09th 2013, 11:22am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com As consumer price index rises 2.4 per cent in year to April, experts say central bank could ease policy to reduce rate differentials Mainland inflation up but rate cut possible Chinese inflation rose in April from March but remained relatively low, leaving room for the central bank to cut rates to stem capital inflows and spur ...

  5. Leave market alone- just keep developers honest

    Posted Oct 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the old Home Ownership Scheme revived to help low-income families buy subsidised flats. The government has threatened to intervene in the market if developers do not act fairly. Some developers ... interest rates can shoot up if overseas central banks, especially the US Federal Reserve, feel compelled to fight the inflation that loose monetary conditions could generate. However, we are still ...

  6. Sharp fall in mainland bank loans amid curbs

    Posted Sep 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com The four largest mainland banks disbursed a total of 140 billion yuan (HK$170.8 billion) in new loans last month, markedly lower than in previous ... according to bankers with direct access to the data. New loans at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China usually account ...

  7. Buyers misread policy targets

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

    ... plunged while shares in some property developers bounced strongly. The reaction underlined once again what a blunt and untargeted policy instrument interest rate settings by a central bank can ... 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 ...

  8. Scandal of HK's vanishing savings

    Posted Nov 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for depositors, are directly connected. They go to the heart of the issue of who profits from the erosion of the real value of bank savings. The very first of these is the government itself. Its income ... as they could through the banking system, have lost out massively. The other beneficiaries have been the property giants, especially those who acquired large land banks in the past, and the banks, which ...

  9. Prices ease but PBOC aim stays on inflation

    Posted Sep 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... M2+, a measurement that covers a broader range of money supply, which can reflect more accurately the most recent developments in the financial market,' the central bank said. ... Celine Sun in Beijing celine.sun@scmp.com The nation's central bank says inflation is still too high despite a slight fall in the consumer price index (CPI) last month, ...

  10. Bank stocks fall ahead of increase in reserve ratio

    Posted Apr 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing Mainland bank stocks fell on the Hong Kong market yesterday as investors reacted to Beijing's announcement that it would raise bank reserve requirements, which could slow lending, in an effort to tame inflation. The People's Bank of China announced last Sunday that from Thursday, lenders would have to set aside another 0.5 percentage points ...




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