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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Business - Economy - MACROSCOPE

    BRICS not a firm foundation for a new global economic order

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 01:33am by BLOOM

    ... of the dollar as a payments and reserve currency. It is also understandable why China's poor and often resentful BRICS cousins are willing to assist its global self-assertion. India and South ... of easy growth. But the financial crisis of 2008 was the first sign that the East's own era of irrational exuberance could not last. The political and economic challenges before the BRICS ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The fatal flaw with internet currency

    Posted Jul 17th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The fatal flaw with internet currency Ever since the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008, discontents have been searching for an alternative to the current international ... they have been cautious about allowing greater international use of their currency. In any case, to hard-core critics of the existing financial architecture, the yuan suffers from just the same ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Business - Economy - Money

    Luxury brands emerge as truly liberated Chinese currency

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:29am by Peter Guy

    ... Peter Guy Shadow market of legitimate money laundering represents final step in liberalisation of the yuan Luxury brands emerge as truly free Chinese currency Welcome to our Twilight Zone of money that bends the laws of fiat currency. Only in Hong Kong and the mainland can luxury fashion and accessory brands prove themselves to be a reliable store of monetary and economic value. ...

  8. Yuan's depreciation talk receding

    Posted Jun 26th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... money from China as they did during the peak of the crisis. 'In addition, the apparent growth in the net buying of foreign currencies by Chinese banks simply reflected that the market ... to the global financial crisis and officials hinting at devaluing the currency to help plunging exports. But the improved figures in the first quarter had dampened expectation on depreciation, currency ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Business - MACROSCOPE

    Ferocious foreign appetite for emerging markets poses risks

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:39am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... before the Fed indicated in May last year that it would begin to scale back its asset purchases- while the average yield on emerging market local currency bonds has dropped 60 basis points to 6.5 ... institutional investors such as pension funds and insurers (particularly in Asia). Both of these factors- much stronger fundamentals and the development of local currency bond markets designed to reduce ...




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