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  1. Mainland up to the challenges

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang, Eric Ng, Tom Miller

    ... of the yuan's appreciation while keeping interest rates on hold next year for fear of hurting the country's financial markets. YUAN A quicker rate of currency appreciation is on the cards ... slowdown caused by the subprime mortgage loan crisis. ENERGY Price controls on fuel and power prices will continue to squeeze the profit margins of oil refiners and power producers unless ...

  2. SK to pay 203b won for copper stake

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Carol Chan

    ... uncertainties due to the United States subprime crisis but growth in mainland demand was likely to persist, Mr Chan said. Northern Copper, the mainland's sixth-largest copper development firm, owns ...

  3. HK yuan deposits hit record high

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the currency's appreciation could be faster this year. In November, deposits rose 1.96 billion yuan or about 7 per cent from the previous month, expanding the most in a month since May 2005, the Hong ... bonds issued last year had attracted some yuan deposits but did not affect the growth in yuan deposits, which reflected that some depositors might be accumulating the currency in anticipation ...

  4. Fresh highs tipped for HSI after banner year

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'The negative impact generated by the US subprime crisis will basically be digested by the market in late 2008, and with further possible rounds of interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve ...

  5. In Brief

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on a 3.48 per cent increase in foreign currency assets to HK$1.18 trillion, which more than offset the 6.38 per cent fall in Hong Kong dollar assets to HK$226.49 billion. The accumulated surplus ...

  6. Trumpets and raspberries for last year's predictions

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... 7 per cent against the US currency, it only rose by 3 per cent against a trade-weighted basket of currencies, showing the authorities did indeed keep a lid on its rise. As Professor Bohr pointed ...

  7. Rules of engagement

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... currency at its own pace. In a way, this issue- which heats up during US election years- is just a way of pressuring Beijing to open its financial markets. With its US$1.5 trillion in foreign ...

  8. Economic boom pushes Hongkongers to top of the international optimism league

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... amid the continuing crisis over assets linked to subprime mortgages- home loans to people with poor credit histories- have dampened the outlook for global growth this year. ...

  9. Hong Kong ready to blow bubbles in 2008

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of the conditions are in place. Most notably the United States is cutting interest rates in response to the subprime crisis, dragging Hong Kong rates lower, while imported food price rises from the mainland ...

  10. Subprime write-downs weigh on bonuses

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim LeeMaster and Wong Ka-chun Credit crisis hits investment banking payouts despite fee incomes hitting a record high Bonus season in the investment banking world is proving a mixed bag ... is not immune from the backlash of a financial crisis that originated in the United States and lately involved bailouts from sovereign funds from the mainland, Singapore and the Middle East. ...




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