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  1. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    China praise won't avert debt crisis day of reckoning

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 01:26am by BLOOM

    ... William Pesek Suggestions that Washington could learn from Beijing on economic rescue efforts are fanciful China praise won't avert debt crisis day of reckoning If only America's ... economy than the US is. Was the United States response to the 2008 financial crisis state of the art? Far from it. Should lawmakers have granted US President Barack Obama his wish of a bigger ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1451950/china-praise-wont-avert-debt-crisis-day-reckoning
  2. News - World - THE NETHERLANDS

    Greenpeace employee fired after losing €3.8m in currency bet

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 09:06pm by AFP

    ... gamble on international currency markets, the group said. "Nothing suggests at this point that he acted for personal gain. It seems to be a terrible miscalculation," Greenpeace communications director Mike Townsley said on Sunday. The unnamed employee "went above his authority" in agreeing to the deal with a broker, who was meant to mitigate currency losses ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1534168/greenpeace-employee-fired-after-losing-eu38-currency-bet
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Stability at home should be the basis of China's diplomacy of peaceful engagement

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:31pm by Hu Shuli

    ... mutual development. These two events capture in a nutshell the risks and opportunities for Chinese foreign policy. The global financial crisis of 2008 has ushered in changes in China's ... with the outside world to further the peace it needs to safeguard reform and growth. In the wake of the financial crisis, a major trend is the ever closer cooperation between the world's biggest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1555372/stability-home-should-be-basis-chinas-diplomacy-peaceful-engagement
  4. 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
  5. News - World - UKRAINE

    Crimea parliament votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 04:56pm by Reuters

    ... a referendum on the decision within 10 days, in an escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. The acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has effectively been seized ... said the referendum would take place on March 16. He said all state property would be "nationalised" and that the Russian rouble could be adopted as Crimea's currency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1441889/eu-summit-tackle-ukraine-crisis-diplomacy-falters
  6. Business - Economy

    World Bank warns Asia to be alert against risks from US rate rises

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 01:09am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... rise Asia must stay alert, World Bank says East Asian economies have recovered from the global financial crisis and are growing close to potential but governments cannot be complacent ... their policies] STEVEN WIETING, CITIBANK This triggered "a renewed search for yields", which supported the demand for developing country assets and currencies, it said. Current market conditions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1542084/world-bank-warns-asia-be-alert-against-risks-us-rate-rises
  7. Business - Comment - THE VIEW

    Rules of the game

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 10:46am by RICHARD HARRIS

    ... is legal, but as we saw in the global financial crisis, bending the rules got people into a lot of trouble. Banks lent irrationally, companies and people borrowed heavily, the US Federal Reserve ... gaming of all. During the crisis, then US treasury secretary Henry Paulson knew Congress would never bail out rich directors of profligate banks. His plan, which Congress passed, was to buy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555537/rules-game
  8. Business - Money - LOANS

    Investors' hunt for yield builds up global debt levels

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:19am by Bloomberg

    ... president forced a default during the financial crisis while calling creditors "true monsters". So many investors piled into a May bond sale by Clear Channel Communications that the radio ... into junk bonds. After pumping trillions of dollars into the global economy to end the financial crisis, central bankers say they are worried that investors are too complacent, increasing chances ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1549914/investors-hunt-yield-builds-global-debt-levels
  9. News - Hong Kong - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    10,000 Occupy Central protesters would bring government to crisis point: student leader

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 01:40pm by Stuart Lau

    ... of Central than the one staged in the early hours of Wednesday morning would almost certainly be beyond the capability of police to handle, and would spark a crisis for the government, says a student ... clearances,” said Shum. “The government’s crisis will accordingly loom large.” Scholarism’s Joshua Wong Chi-fung, who led supporters to protest outside the chief executive’s office after the march, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1545540/unstoppable-occupy-central-would-lead-government-crisis-student
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    PBOC keeps yuan traders guessing as currency rallies

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 01:15am by BLOOM

    ... traders guessing as currency rallies Mainland policymakers have been saying since February that two-way swings in the yuan are the "new norm". A surprise surge in the currency shows ... of a five-year rally. Looking ahead, we see the currency to remain at the current level JIAN CHANG, BARCLAYS ECONOMIST Just as traders got used to a declining yuan in recent months, the currency changed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1529554/pboc-keeps-yuan-traders-guessing-currency-rallies

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