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  1. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Sticky goings-on in Teflon Thailand

    Posted May 15th 2014, 09:43am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... six-month-long political crisis, which has taken its toll on Southeast Asia's second-largest economy and severely undermined the country's democratic credentials, has entered a more dangerous ... of staging a coup d'état. Yet while the whiff of civil war in Thailand is in the air, investors are taking the political crisis in their stride. The Thai baht is now trading at the same level ...

  2. Business - Money - MARKETS

    What price political risk?

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 11:43am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... by a fiscal crisis in Greece, which was perceived to be of little significance to the rest of Europe's single-currency area. Against that backdrop, it is clear that markets are too complacent, ... and are likely to remain there for some time to come. Investors' reaction to escalating tensions in Ukraine in the most dangerous geopolitical crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War ...

  3. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Bonds are king in Hong Kong market as investors lose appetite for IPOs

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 01:40am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com In contrast to trend before the financial crisis, mainland issuers raise US$70.3b in offshore debt so far this year, far outstripping ... companies in the same period, according to fresh industry data out today. That is in stark contrast to just seven years ago, before the global financial crisis and rounds of quantitative easing ...

  4. Business - Economy - MARKETS

    Emerging markets still haunted by the Fed

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 10:15am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... on local currency debt- which is riskier given the vulnerability of many emerging market currencies- has fallen to 6.5 per cent from nearly 7.2 per cent in January. Equities have risen 5.1 per cent ... vulnerable emerging markets had ever been dubbed the "Fragile Five". The currencies of three members of this group- Turkey, India and Indonesia- have risen 8 per cent, 4.7 per cent ...

  5. Business - China Business - MARKETS

    Insurance against a China crisis proves a tough sell

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 12:46am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Singapore Insurance against China crisis proves a tough sell Selling insurance against a financial crisis should not be difficult, five years after the last one nearly wrecked the global economy. But when it comes to the mainland, the probability of a full-blown crisis is apparently so remote that hardly anyone will buy an insurance policy against it, no matter how cheap. ...

  6. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Thailand stocks fall, baht drops amid martial law

    Posted May 21st 2014, 01:11am by BLOOM

    ... falling to a one-week low of 32.66. Five-year credit-default swaps rose three basis points to 128 in Hong Kong. The currency pared losses on suspected intervention by the central bank, according to Kozo Hasegawa, a currency trader at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking. The banking system and financial markets functioned normally yesterday after the army's announcement on martial law, Bank ...

  7. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Panic in the air as sell-off in emerging markets enters new phase

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... Nicholas Spiro Panic in the air as sell-off in emerging markets enters new phase with slide in currencies, stocks and bonds Crash course At the end of last year, investor sentiment towards emerging markets was bleak. Now, the whiff of panic is in the air. Last week's aggressive rise in Turkey's interest rates to shore up the country's wilting lira currency, has ...

  8. Business - Money - MARKETS

    If history repeats itself, Hang Seng Index could top out in 2014

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 10:47am by RICHARD HARRIS

    ... of the post-second world war Bretton Woods currency accord and the oil shock. The index crashed through the 200 level to bottom out at about 150 by December 1974. Peaks are important, because they show ...

  9. Business - Economy - MARKETS

    Fear grips markets as investors worry about China's growth and US profits

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 05:29am by AP

    ... currency in Turkey, South Africa and elsewhere- a rout that touched off concerns of a new crisis brewing in one or more of the world's emerging markets. Many analysts said a gradual end of Fed ...

  10. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Currency losses spark sell-off in bonds and stocks

    Posted Aug 21st 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Currency losses spark sell-off in bonds and stocks Emerging market stocks fell 1.5 per cent, currencies tumbled to fresh lows and bond yield spreads blew out ... situation. Christensen said the currency weakness would continue to filter through to stock and bond markets as foreign dollar-based investors see their losses piling up. "People are worried ...




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