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  1. Fitch downgrades outlook for local-currency default rating

    Posted Apr 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing Fitch Ratings has downgraded the mainland's local-currency issuer rating on concerns of elevated real-estate valuations and inflation. The outlook for China's long-term local-currency issuer default rating has been revised from 'stable' to 'negative', Fitch said yesterday. 'The negative outlook reflects concerns over the scale ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/965060/fitch-downgrades-outlook-local-currency-default-rating
  2. Investors flee further from Asian currencies

    Posted Sep 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Amanda Lee amanda.lee@scmp.com Asian currencies, including Hong Kong's growing pool of yuan, fell further yesterday as investors sought the safety of the US dollar amid fears a global ... Reserve to boost the troubled US economy. Central banks from South Korea to Indonesia intervened to prop up their currencies, a sharp turnaround from recent concerns that their currencies were too ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/979951/investors-flee-further-asian-currencies
  3. Global reserve currency proves to be a curse for the issuing country

    Posted Oct 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... is strong, but it will go into crisis when the reserve-currency country goes into crisis. This is the current state of affairs. The four reserve-currency economies (the US, the euro zone, Britain ... of a global-reserve-currency country and the needs of the world that uses that reserve currency. Triffin predicted that the reserve-currency country would run a current-account deficit to provide the world ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/981934/global-reserve-currency-proves-be-curse-issuing-country
  4. Facing up to the crisis in fiat money

    Posted Apr 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... deficits because of the two world wars, it was having a tough time maintaining sterling as the main reserve currency. By the end of the second world war, the US emerged as the dominant global ... international currency, called Bancor, that would not be related to the issue of a national reserve currency. The Triffin dilemma is the problem the issuer of the global reserve currency faces in having ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/965228/facing-crisis-fiat-money
  5. Can Asian currencies rise to global challenge?

    Posted Aug 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alessandro Magnoli Bocchi Over the past two years, most currencies' exchange rates have fluctuated at an unprecedented pace. This volatility is due to two global policy responses to the 2008 crisis. First, borrowing is cheap. Investors chase opportunities but, given the fragility of global growth, withdraw their money as soon as risks rise. Excess liquidity in a frail ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/977110/can-asian-currencies-rise-global-challenge
  6. Few things riskier than a safe bet in currency markets

    Posted Jul 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... crisis. Rather it has been driven largely by an increase in risk appetite among investors, who have used the US dollar as a funding currency to finance 'risk-on' investments elsewhere. ... last November, and say nothing is likely to change that in the near term. The other half will retort that, with the exception of the depths of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, Hong Kong stocks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/973198/few-things-riskier-safe-bet-currency-markets
  7. Military drills and currency on agenda

    Posted Nov 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com The United States' involvement in the Asia-Pacific region and Chinese currency reform are expected to top the agenda when President Hu Jintao ... one-on-one meetings with the leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum countries. While the debt crisis lingers in Europe, analysts expect Obama to use the summit in Honolulu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/984346/military-drills-and-currency-agenda
  8. Currency options open up market

    Posted Nov 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... fluctuations in the currency's value. According to the new rule published by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (Safe) yesterday, Chinese exporters and importers can not only buy yuan ... to buy a certain amount of foreign currencies for a fixed price at a specified time in the future. The contract helps companies planning to import commodities or investors attempting foreign ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/984608/currency-options-open-market
  9. Beijing warns of 'trade war' over US currency bill

    Posted Oct 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for its currency policies. US lawmakers have accused Beijing of manipulating the value of the yuan to keep it artificially low in order to boost exports. In a rare move, the central bank, ... at forcing Beijing to let its currency float freely, and accused Washington of politicising global currency issues. The US Senate voted on Monday to allow a debate on the bill, which would force ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/980956/beijing-warns-trade-war-over-us-currency-bill
  10. How should investors approach investing in bonds in the context of rising interest rates, rising inflation and the euro-zone crisis?

    Posted Jun 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... headwinds such as an anaemic US economy and the debt crisis brewing in Europe. 'That said, we believe Asian bond investors are being compensated for these risks by, in most cases, valuations that are generous,' says Moore. He notes that credit spreads in Asia are roughly double their pre-financial-crisis levels, which he says is difficult to justify on fundamental grounds. He says demand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/970447/how-should-investors-approach-investing-bonds-context-rising-interest-rates-rising

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