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  1. Europe needs financial discipline, and an external 'bad cop' to enforce it

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... drop in European bank shares, made worse by global banks cutting back their inter-bank lending to European banks, so that the European Central Bank seems to be the main bulwark providing ... a family fire engine, how can you enforce discipline on all members when there is emotion involved? Hence, the IMF may not be the lender of last resort, but it can be the enforcer of last resort. ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    Minimum Wage Commission close to agreeing HK$30 an hour

    Posted Sep 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Commission edges towards HK$30 an hour after members debate heatedly Panel close to deal on revised wage floor The commission set up by the government to review the statutory minimum wage edged closer to supporting a new level of about HK$30 an hour, although no consensus had been reached by midnight. The 13-member Minimum Wage Commission met ...

  3. Central bank fears on mortgage debt

    Posted Jun 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... to the central bank, as Beijing steps up measures to rein in skyrocketing property prices. Two years ago, the China Banking Regulatory Commission said families were in trouble if mortgage payments ... cent of their income at the end of October, topping the nation. It was followed by Beijing at 42 per cent, the central bank said. Yi Xianrong, a property finance expert at the Chinese Academy ...

  4. Central bankers switch focus from weak dollar to yuan peg

    Posted Nov 09th 2004, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... away from the sustained rise in their currencies versus the US dollar, to a prospective clash with China over its pegged currency regime, say some analysts. 'Central banks in Asia have ... the dollar. The Accord worked, and by the end of 1987 the dollar was down 54 per cent against both the Deutschmark and the yen. If market discipline failed to correct international imbalances, said ...

  5. Central bank lifts reserve ratio to 10.5pc

    Posted Apr 06th 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang and Jane Cai in Beijing PBOC moves to tighten money supply China's central bank will require banks to increase their reserves, a move aimed at tightening money supply amid ... and central bank officials about the need to further tighten the screws after recent economic data suggested growth was speeding up. The PBOC said it would work to control liquidity in the banking ...

  6. Central bank will cool economy, say reports

    Posted Apr 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... accelerated to reach 3.3 per cent in March, sharply up from last year's 1.5 per cent and a level above the central bank's comfort zone of 3 per cent. All other major indicators- including ... were an attempt to mop up liquidity in the banking system, which is blamed for overheating the economy. The Herald said the China Banking Regulatory Commission, the banking regulator, held ...

  7. Central bank battles move against curbs on spending

    Posted Jan 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fiscal policy, worried over a combination of inflation and potential damage from bad investments in areas such as property and heavy industry. But the central bank appears to have lost the debate ... data before drawing final conclusions, 'indicators suggest that the PBOC/China Banking Regulatory Commission was losing out to the pro-growth crowd led by provincial/local officials ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. SocGen to repay record US$11 million to investors

    Posted Jul 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... reimbursement of its kind in Hong Kong. The Securities and Futures Commission said the French investment bank failed in its internal controls at its Hong Kong branch and had not disclosed to clients ... problems at the bank during an on-site inspection and in a complaint against Societe Generale. It referred the case to the SFC for further investigation. The SFC found that in 3,000 OTC ...

  10. Good reasons to be scared

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and Sarkozy sang the German tune that the tighter fiscal and budgetary measures and discipline that will be enforced will save the euro. They conveniently forget that Germany first broke the original ... countries and that squabbling over treaty revisions may just prolong the death throes of the euro. The IMF, perhaps boosted by funds from China and others, and the European Central Bank may do ...




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