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  1. Business - Economy - DEBT

    Local governments can replace costly debt, finance minister says

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 01:14am by Reuters

    ... This is the first time a senior Beijing official has said publicly that local governments can swap their debts to reduce repayment costs. A national audit of public finances last year showed regional governments owed US$3 trillion at the end of June last year. "For debt where financing costs are high, local governments will be allowed to apply to have the debt replaced by municipal bonds ...

  2. Business - Money - THE VIEW

    The cost of regulation in asset management industry

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:33am by Peter Guy

    ... Peter Guy Asset managers need to preserve their skills in detecting investment opportunities in the face of sweeping rules and rigid corporate culture Cost of regulation A beleaguered ... that is the safest decision of least resistance. The unavoidable results are increased costs and delays for many legitimate businesses and individuals without improving protection for banks or clients. ...

  3. Business - Money

    Leaps of faith on little-known firms in Hong Kong IPOs can be costly

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:33am by Ray Chan

    ... Ray Chan Buyers and regulators raise scrutiny of IPOs after poor market debuts and missed targets Investors left ruing leaps of faith on second-tier firms For ordinary investors, buying into a share float of a company without much of a corporate record of ...

  4. Business - Money

    Chart of the day: The real cost of water scarcity

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 01:06am by NICK EDWARDS

    ... Chart of the day: The real cost of water scarcity Mainland water is widely regarded as an underpriced asset, given the huge demand and its relative scarcity. The mainland has about 7 per ... more than double. The average municipal water tariff should be seven yuan (HK$8.80) per tonne from the present 2.80 yuan to cover the cost of improvements. SIIC Environment Holdings and Beijing ...

  5. Business - Money - STOCKS

    Cost of raising a child sinks hopes for China's baby-boom stocks

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 01:21am by BLOOM

    ... stock-market wagers on a baby boom in China reached record levels, the bets have turned into some of the nation's biggest losers as living costs deter couples from having more than one child. ... costs about 23,000 yuan (HK$28,950) a year, according to Credit Suisse, equivalent to 43 per cent of the average household income. "There was too much speculation about a baby boom," ...

  6. Business - Companies - EARNINGS

    Wynn Macau faces tough times as wages and resort design costs rise

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 09:40am by TIFFANY AP

    ... Tiffany Ap tiffany.ap@scmp.com Increase in design costs for a new resort puts further pressure on the casino operator's margins after profit edges down 1.24pc in first half Tough times in store for Wynn Macau as wages rise Casino and hotel operator Wynn Macau reported flat interim results and faces a tough second half as rising wages and design costs for its new resort, ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - EARNINGS

    Cost focus helps Country Garden and China Resources Land boost margins

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:34am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Strategyhelps Country Garden and China Resources Land boost net profit margins for first half as rivals struggle amid downturn Focus on costs lifts mainland builders Controlling costs helped mainland developers Country Garden Holdings and China Resources Land improve their net profit margins for the first half, bucking the industry trend ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    Can party wean itself off growth at all costs?

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:24am by Cathy Holcombe

    ... Cathy Holcombe Mainland government is committed to economic reforms but the question is whether the Communist Party can wean itself off growth at all costs Is the growth party over? ... President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang came to power last year vowing to roll back the excesses, and dismantle the "growth at all costs" paradigm, warning that this might come ...

  9. Business - Economy

    Central cabinet outlines measures to ease SME financing costs

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 01:09am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Cabinet outlines steps to ease SME financing costs The central cabinet has issued a guideline detailing measures outlined at a July meeting ... the cabinet said it was important to ease high financing costs. While large, state-owned enterprises can take out loans at 5.8 per cent interest, borrowing costs for smaller firms can be as high as 17 ...

  10. Business - China Business - EARNINGS

    JD net loss widens due to increased costs following IPO

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 01:06am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing JD loss widens after costs increase JD.com the mainland online retailer with a business model similar to Amazon, reported a wider loss because of higher costs in its first set of financial results since going public three months ago. The net loss widened to 582.5 million yuan (HK$733.5 million) in the three months to June, from 28.3 million yuan a year ...




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