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  1. Business - Economy - INVESTMENT

    Emerging-market rally fizzles out

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 11:59am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... based in the US and Europe. Foreign investors are still increasing their holdings of local currency bonds in many markets Over the past month, spreads on US dollar-denominated emerging market ... the beginning of this year. Emerging Europe has borne the brunt of the sell-off- mainly because of concerns about the East-West standoff over Ukraine. Yields on 10-year local currency Russian, Turkish ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1573405/emerging-market-rally-fizzles-out
  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    Time for ECB to man the quantitative easing pumps

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:33am by DAVID BROWN

    ... grinding to a halt. Economic confidence has been in retreat for months due mainly to weak internal demand. The fallout from the euro-zone financial crisis- debt deflation, deleveraging and acute ... have been shelved as optimism has tumbled. The ECB missed an opportunity in the early phase of the crisis to co-ordinate simultaneous quantitative easing with the United States, Britain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1580410/time-ecb-man-quantitative-easing-pumps
  3. Business - Economy

    No end in sight for currencies sell-off

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:57am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in New York Pressure on units in emerging markets will continue, top banks say, citing low rates No end in sight for currencies sell-off Inflation-adjusted interest rates are still too low in developing nations for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs to foresee an end to the worst emerging market (EM) currency sell-off in five years. One-year borrowing costs in Turkey ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1420209/no-end-sight-currencies-sell
  4. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore in 'mid-life crisis' as Lee Hsien Loong marks 10 years in power

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 06:43am by Satish Cheney

    ... said Sudhir Vadaketh, co-author of the book Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus. Lee's team also weathered the 2008 global financial crisis well by dipping into the coffers ... Lee's tenure as premier, as Singapore faces its mid-life crisis with inflection points politically, economically and socially." In a Facebook message to congratulate Lee on his milestone, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575046/singapore-mid-life-crisis-lee-hsien-loong-marks-10-years-power
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Why HK needs to be cautious about deposit guarantee

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:14pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in October 2008, the beginning of a period of record strength for the currency's exchange rate. Some harbinger of crisis that. There were plenty of bargain hunters about and confidence would ... Jake van der Kamp When a government backs liabilities but gives crooks free rein over assets, it invites a crisis Depositors must be wary of Norman's guarantees At the onset ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1566181/why-hk-needs-be-cautious-about-deposit-guarantee
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    China's currency swap deal with Switzerland is just plain dumb

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 04:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp China's currency swap deal with Swiss is just plain dumb Switzerland stepped closer to becoming an offshore yuan hub yesterday after it signed a bilateral currency ... came to US$182.2 billion. And now here is the problem. What can you do with US$182 billion in China? The country's currency is the yuan. You may buy a few things with US dollars, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559951/chinas-currency-swap-deal-switzerland-just-plain-dumb
  7. News - World - UKRAINE

    China calls for 'alternative solution' to crisis after Ukraine attacks Russian convoy

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 09:21pm by GDN

    ... to a halt but troops slip in President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for a political solution for the Ukraine crisis to avoid confrontations, the official Xinhua news agency said, as Ukraine ... is important and imperative to properly address the Ukraine crisis," Xi said, saying that efforts should be made to prevent Ukraine from falling into a humanitarian crisis. All parties should work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1574320/ukraine-says-it-has-attacked-russian-military-unit-ventured-its-soil
  8. News - World - IRAQ

    UN says Iraq humanitarian crisis ‘at highest level’ in wake of Islamic State onslaught

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 06:43pm by AP

    ... announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq in the wake of the onslaught by Islamic militants who have overrun much of the country’s north and west and driven out ... that could counter the insurgent threat, which has plunged Iraq into its worst crisis since the US troop withdrawal in 2011. Attacks by the Islamic State group and its Sunni militant allies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1573630/plan-under-way-rescue-yazidi-refugees-stranded-iraqi-mountain-david-cameron
  9. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    US foreclosure crisis eases on revival in job market

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 05:05am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Boston Share of serious mortgage delinquencies falls to the lowest in six years while home prices rise Foreclosure crisis eases on revival in job market The share of United ... Bankers Association said. That was the lowest rate since the second quarter of 2008, when it was 4.5 per cent. The foreclosure crisis is fading in much of the country as the economy rebounds. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1572225/us-foreclosure-crisis-eases-revival-job-market
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Is Hong Kong unprepared for the Ebola crisis?

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 04:19am by Hari Kumar

    ... Hari Kumar hari.kumar@scmp.com Are we unprepared for Ebola crisis? The suspected case of Ebola in Hong Kong turned out to be a false alarm, though the person in question came from one ... Fu-chun, then the city's director of health and now in her second term as head of the World Health Organisation, over the handling of the crisis. Health Department officials say they have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1572317/hong-kong-unprepared-ebola-crisis

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