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  1. Business - Banking & Finance

    Time for ECB to man the quantitative easing pumps

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

    ... It should be a comprehensive strategy, combining monetary, fiscal and currency stimulus, reinforced by structural reforms to help rebuild economic prosperity. As an urgent priority, the ECB must ... to target 2 per cent inflation with sustainable growth of more than 2.5 per cent in the medium term. The strong-euro mantra should be ditched in favour of a 15 to 20 per cent currency devaluation ...

  2. Business - Money

    Chart of the day: Yen shorts disappointed

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:28am by Nicole Elliott

    ... Nicole Elliott Consensus opinion and Abenomics, championed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, favour a weaker yen, but traders and fund managers who had gone short on the currency have been bitterly disappointed since January. A trading band between 101 and 103 held from April – the least volatile conditions in a very long time – until last week’s break above triangle ...

  3. Business - Economy

    Argentina defaults on bond payments

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 02:02am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Buenos Aires Argentina defaults on bond payments Standard & Poor's declared Argentina in default on its foreign-currency obligations after the government missed ... in foreign-currency debt, including US$30 billion of restructured bonds, according to S&P. Argentina and the hedge funds, led by Elliott Management Corp, failed to reach agreement in talks in New York, ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Oversold British pound to test a six-year high on markets

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:34am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo British currency retreats 1 per cent this month after reaching peaksince October 2008 Oversold pound to test 6-year high against dollar The British pound is poised ... level since March last year as it fell 1 per cent, the worst performance among major currencies. There’s no reason why we can’t see a retest of the multi-year highs MITUL KOTECHA, BARCLAYS ...

  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Yuan convertibility on back burner as Beijing focuses on other reforms

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 11:58am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Toned-down rhetoric from Beijing suggests 2020 move for key step on currency, reflecting concerns over speculative flows Yuan convertibility on back burner amid priority ... in 2009, when internationalisation was seen as a way for companies to reduce currency risks and also to challenge the US dollar's role as the key reserve currency. As the yuan is increasingly ...

  6. Business - Economy - MONETARY POLICY

    Ringgit is best carry bet amid rate rise outlook

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 03:12am by Bloomberg

    ... to tighten policy in 2014. Analysts have increased their year-end ringgit forecasts for four consecutive months, more than any other Southeast Asian currency. "The ringgit may do better than other Asian currencies on the back of expectations for rate hikes," said Chua Hak Bin, a Singapore-based economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "Except for the Philippines, which ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Singapore beats London as offshore yuan hubs jostle for new positions

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 01:25am by Jeanny Yu

    ... the renminbi a global currency. Hong Kong is still the undisputed No1 renminbi payments centre, but its global market share fell from 78 per cent in January 2012 to 71 per cent last month. Meanwhile, ... on the opportunities the currency provides. "We expect the RMB to be one of the top three global trade currencies by 2015 and we forecast that the RMB will be fully convertible within five years." ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance

    IFC enlarges bond issue to 2.75b yuan

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 04:36pm by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has increased by 750 million yuan (HK$943 million) the size of an outstanding three-year bond. The 2.75 billion yuan issue is the largest debt in the Chinese currency ever listed on the London Stock Exchange. It yields 2.04 per cent. Investors were from the asset ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - MORTGAGES

    More homebuyers opting for cheaper Hibor-based mortgage loans

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 09:51am by Sandy Li

    ... interest rate increase in nearly a decade. Those higher rates would flow through to Hong Kong due to the currency peg, and markets are beginning to reprice the risk of an earlier than expected rise ...

  10. Business - Economy - THE VIEW

    Markets more focused on what Hong Kong could lose than universal suffrage

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 12:47pm by RICHARD HARRIS

    ... policies, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and Securities and Futures Commission, the currency peg that makes us attractive globally, the ability to freely move money in and out, ...




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