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  1. 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
  2. Business - Economy

    German investor confidence slumps as Ukraine crisis worsens

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 01:11am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Frankfurt Worsening crisis in Ukraine and sluggish recovery in euro zone cloud growth outlook German investor confidence slumps German investor confidence declined to the lowest level since 2012 as the crisis in Ukraine and a sluggish euro-area recovery dampen the outlook for Europe's largest economy. The ZEW Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1572423/german-investor-confidence-slumps-ukraine-crisis-worsens
  3. Business - Money - IPO WATCH

    Hong Kong Airlines dual-currency IPO may not take off

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:18am by Ray Chan

    ... Ray Chan Hong Kong Airlines IPO is up against negative sentiment on yuan and its own difficulties Local carrier's dual currency listing may not take off Efforts to raise ... this month Hong Kong Airlines, a budget carrier partly owned by Hainan Airlines, said it would raise US$500 million in what could be Hong Kong's first dual-currency IPO, by floating yuan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1556883/hong-kong-airlines-dual-currency-ipo-may-not-take
  4. News - World - IRAQ

    New political crisis as Iraqi president calls on newcomer to form government

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 05:18pm by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Baghdad President calls on Shiite newcomer to form new government, angering Nouri al-Maliki Iraq seemed to plunge into a deeper political crisis after President Fuad Massoum yesterday asked Haider al-Abadi, the Shiite coalition's nominee for prime minister, to form a government hours after Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls to drop his bid for a third term as prime ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1571409/ruling-may-allow-iraq-pm-maliki-retain-post-problematic
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's plans to be a global currency player on the right track

    Posted Nov 12th 2013, 06:44pm by NIV HORESH

    ... Niv Horesh Niv Horesh says China's economic might and record of monetary management should allay scepticism overits efforts to turn the renminbi into a global reserve currency A global player The plan to groom London to be a launch pad for turning the renminbi into a global reserve currency remains on the drawing board. Yet, given the recent fiscal debacle in the US, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1354384/chinas-plans-be-global-currency-player-right-track
  6. Business - Economy

    Radical action needed as euro zone remains on amber alert

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:56am by DAVID BROWN

    ... on amber alert The euro zone's "softly, softly" approach to the financial crisis is not working. The economy is sinking into deflation, dragged down by a zombie banking system ... The bailout earlier this month of Portuguese lender Banco Espirito Santo was a sharp reminder to investors the euro zone was not out of the woods by a long stretch. The root causes of the crisis have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1570858/radical-action-needed-euro-zone-remains-amber-alert
  7. Business

    Flight from the euro sees Swiss franc become the new deutschemark

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:09am by DAVID BROWN

    ... David Brown German investors yearning for the stability of their old currency pile into the franc, but the flows pose headaches for Swiss policymakers Euro exodus sees Swiss franc become ... as the best bolthole in times of crisis. But the euro's inception in 1999 brought this to a dramatic close. The German mark's replacement by the euro left a big gap in the market. But it did ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1553554/flight-euro-sees-swiss-franc-become-new-deutschemark
  8. Lifestyle - Books - FINANCE

    Book review: Saving the Market from Capitalism, by Massimo Amato and Luca Fantacci

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 08:02am by David Wilson

    ... inflationary pressure. Worse, contrary to popular assumption, China was rocked by the global financial crisis, they say, citing evidence of a slowdown across the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). Despite the scope of the crisis blamed on bankers, little has been done to prevent future meltdowns, they write. Their advice is that, instead of preaching at failed states ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1574187/book-review-saving-market-capitalism-massimo-amato-and-luca-fantacci
  9. Business - Banking & Finance

    Virtual currency entrepreneurs fight for future of bitcoin in Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 03rd 2014, 10:33pm by DANNY LEE JOANNA CHIU

    ... that the value of the digital currency would reach a high of US$1,242 a piece. Nor did he foresee that governments the world over would debate the risks and merits of the digital currency that operates ... setbacks including restrictions on bitcoin trading imposed by Beijing. Cheng feels so strongly about the potential for the digital currency that in December he wrote to Financial Secretary John ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1396917/virtual-currency-entrepreneurs-fight-future-bitcoin-hong
  10. Business - Comment - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    History shows intervening in currency crises is not the only solution

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... contagion, a phenomenon that is hardly new but only began to be regularly used to describe the situation in financial markets during the Asian financial crisis. That crisis began in the summer of 1997 when the Thai government decided to devalue its currency. The ripple effects of this move were quick to engulf other East Asian states, having a seemingly indiscriminate impact on weaker ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1199068/history-shows-intervening-currency-crises-not-only-solution

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