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

    Posted Jan 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Gary Biddle In July 2007, I predicted in this newspaper a stock market collapse. Last year, I warned that the euro zone was structurally untenable, of simmering Middle East tensions, ... Egypt, which devoted the greatest gross domestic product on earth to building pyramids that produced nothing. Bridges, ports and grain storage facilities would have afforded Egyptians far more ...

  2. When figures can be just smoke and nonsense

    Posted Nov 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... bridge through a vexatious lawsuit. Tch, tch, tch. Let us therefore be grateful our courts have stopped these nasty people in their tracks. There are some inconsistencies here, however. If the bridge is now to cost us an additional HK$6.5 billion, why did the funding that the Legislative Council approved last week for its construction not rise by that amount? Legco gave its nod ...

  3. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book review: Merchant, Soldier, Sage, by David Priestland

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... of disarray- even looming collapse. Priestland suggests we look not at the interaction of abstract forces but at the concrete competition for power between three major groups in society over the ages- ... inequality and potential environmental catastrophe", with unbridled and unregulated financial competition leading from 2008 onwards to unprecedented financial collapse, government indebtedness ...

  4. Magazines - Money - INVESTMENT: SCANDALS

    A brief history of scandal

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... of cash into the gamble hoping both to cover up their losses while praying that ultimately the bet will go their way. The collapse of America's Long Term Capital Management (LTCM) back ... in value and the plan collapsed. Fortunately for LTCM the knock-on effects of its collapse for the entire financial sector were such that the government was compelled to rescue it. No such rescue ...

  5. The meltdown asset

    Posted Jul 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... speculated about a new age for the metal as concerns about banking-system collapse drove gold prices higher, peaking at more than US$1,913 per ounce in August. Gold's recent reputation still ... financial system implosion. They buy gold because they believe it will be the last asset standing in the event of a collapse. In such a scenario, paper money would be worthless, and people would ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Austerity measures lead to greater discontent

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... economies are hugely indebted. Applying the simplistic mantra of "no pain, no gain" to any much larger country in economic difficulty is a recipe for social collapse. Furthermore, quoting ...

  7. Business - INSURANCE

    Economic slowdown to hit Asian insurers hard

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... downturn would occur in Europe if the euro collapsed and euro-zone countries went their own way, which would cause a 6 per cent GDP decline in the euro-zone economy, Karl said. Wong, however, said ...

  8. Magazines - Money - INVESTMENT: CURRENCY

    Yuan products- a shopper's guide

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by KEVIN MCQUEEN

    ... ex-Japan at PineBridge Investments. He cites policy changes, such as agreements for swaps with other central banks and trade settlements with Japan in yuan, as an example. Certainly, there's ...

  9. Cash to come with conditions

    Posted Jun 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... continue to help Europe as it did not want the US dollar to be the sole dominant currency, and any collapse of European economies would significantly hurt China's trade. However, Ding said ... economies by championing the cause of developing nations. 'The US, though it does not want Europe to collapse, will not give up its leading role in the IMF just for China to make more ...

  10. Magazines - Money - REGIONAL OUTLOOK

    Where to put your money

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by Jeanny Yu

    ... a problem unless one or two things happen: such as when your income falls. Hypothetically, if one morning you find Europe has collapsed and exports are minus 20 per cent, Hong Kong may face ...




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