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  1. Second-half cheer may yet dispel dark outlook

    Posted Sep 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Securities, expects a lot of properties to hit the market as many developers favour the second half for project releases. 'Coupled with higher gearing levels and the tight liquidity environment ... news: based on what analysts have seen from the January-June period, they are growing more pessimistic about prospects for the second half. The 84 companies on the MSCI China Index ...

  2. In aid of trade

    Posted Jul 19th 2011, 12:00am by Paul Letters

    ... infrastructure over other development needs: China's onto something- and the West knows it. Following the record rise in food prices this year, condemning millions more into extreme poverty ... is enjoying a broadening array of produce, including South African wines and Ugandan coffee. China gains an injection of fuel and caffeine, Africa gains the infrastructure needed to facilitate trade. ...

  3. Big four barely making loans

    Posted May 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... familiar with the matter. The big four- Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China- account for about half of all loans issued ... Bankers say local government infrastructure projects and property development lending are falling out of favour, but there have not been many drivers for private investment elsewhere. The poor ...

  4. Beijing to step up policy fine-tuning

    Posted Aug 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com The mainland's central bank said yesterday that it would strengthen monetary policy fine-tuning in the second half of the year to improve credit quality ... the development of the real economy,' the PBOC said on its website. Beijing has pledged to make growth and employment its top priorities for the second half of this year. It has separately cut ...

  5. Farmers' joy over harvest tempered by inflation

    Posted Oct 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and the prices of pesticide, fertiliser and seeds had all increased and farmers' incomes had not improved. Chen, citing surveys by the National Development and Reform Commission, said last month ... harvest, which accounts for 70 per cent of annual output. Chen Xiaohua, vice-minister of agriculture, said late last month that this year's grain output was expected to exceed 550 million ...

  6. Bank's rise in bad loans heightens debt concerns

    Posted Jan 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com Bad loans spiked at Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, signalling what some analysts say may be the start of a credit-deterioration cycle among mainland banks. ... to financing vehicles set up by local authorities to fund infrastructure construction, loans handed out to property developers and small and medium-sized companies that were pinched by a liquidity ...

  7. Beijing is going backwards in pursuit of growth

    Posted Jul 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to continue. On Friday, the Asian Development Bank forecast that China's annual growth rate will come in at 8.2 per cent this year- well in excess of the 7.5 per cent target Beijing announced ... within the country's domestic economy. Last year, investment made up almost half of China's GDP, while private consumption was just 35 per cent. Those proportions are the opposite ...

  8. Magazines - Money - REGIONAL OUTLOOK

    Where to put your money

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

    ... is also very important. It's difficult to believe that China can do on a stimulus front what it has done in the last few years. Broadly speaking, the second half will be like the first half ... As China's economy bottoms out, both it and Indonesia make for safe- if unlikely- investment havens, writes Jeanny Yu Steady as she goes   Duncan Wooldridge, chief Asia economist ...

  9. Factory output growth weakest in three years

    Posted Aug 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... investment in the first seven months grew 20.4 per cent from a year ago, unchanged from the first half of this year, with rising infrastructure investment offsetting slowing property investment. ... in the second half, but also believe more policy support in the third quarter is necessary to ensure an 8 per cent growth this year,' the Barclays economists said in a research note. Last month, ...

  10. 'Big four' dole out 16pc more new loans

    Posted Aug 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... but failed to arrest a slide in total credit growth as smaller banks cut back sharply on new lending. The big four- the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China- doled out an extra 30 billion yuan in new loans, up 16 per cent from June's 220 billion yuan, the official Shanghai Securities News reported on Friday, ...




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