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  1. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Bonds are king in Hong Kong market as investors lose appetite for IPOs

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 01:40am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com In contrast to trend before the financial crisis, mainland issuers raise US$70.3b in offshore debt so far this year, far outstripping ... kicked in, when interest rates were not next to zero and the mainland's story of sustained, miraculous economic growth was fully intact. In 2007, mainland offshore debt issuance was less ...

  2. Business - Economy - MARKETS

    Emerging markets still haunted by the Fed

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 10:15am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... on local currency debt- which is riskier given the vulnerability of many emerging market currencies- has fallen to 6.5 per cent from nearly 7.2 per cent in January. Equities have risen 5.1 per cent ... for an African economy in the sovereign debt markets. The yields on the country's five- and 10-year US dollar-denominated bonds, at 5.8 per cent and 6.8 per cent, respectively, were lower than ...

  3. Business - Money - MARKETS

    What price political risk?

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 11:43am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... in northern Europe. The euro-zone government debt market was treated as a homogeneous bloc because of a mistaken belief on the part of investors that each member state's bonds were guaranteed ...

  4. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Sticky goings-on in Teflon Thailand

    Posted May 15th 2014, 09:43am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... purchases proved far more damaging to the baht than Thailand's own political conflict. What's more, the yield on Thailand's benchmark 10-year local currency debt has fallen from 4.2 ... local-currency bonds, Thailand is the only emerging Asian local debt market in which foreigners have reduced their exposure this year. The big question is whether Yingluck's ouster is the trigger ...

  5. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Morgan Stanley keeps the faith in mainland China stocks

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:27am by BLOOM

    ... growth, Morgan Stanley's analysts said. The government's reforms and "formidable" financial resources would help policymakers transform the economy without triggering a debt crisis, they wrote in a report in which they kept their overweight calls on both mainland Chinese and Russian equities. The economy's slowdown and rising debt levels pushed the H-share index ...

  6. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Investors in Chinese stocks stunned by sharp swings

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 12:59am by BLOOM

    ... since 1990. Premier Li Keqiang is trying to balance growth and employment with reining in a credit surge. China's debt-to-gross domestic product ratio is already higher than that of India, ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - MARKETS

    China's Big Four banks fall out of favour with investors

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 01:54am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Shares in Big Four have lost US$70b of value amid concerns over slowdown and bad debts Mainland banks out of favour with investors The world's most profitable banks have ... of China, the mainland's largest lender, fell below net assets for the first time on Wednesday. The state-controlled banks are getting squeezed by slower economic growth and rising bad debts ...

  8. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Panic in the air as sell-off in emerging markets enters new phase

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... dived 4.2 per cent. Investors are taking refuge in safe-haven government bonds, with the yield on benchmark German debt down nearly 30 basis points this year and its US Treasury equivalent off ... government press ahead with much-needed structural reforms? Perhaps most worryingly, will there be a sovereign debt default in the riskiest emerging markets such as Ukraine? The most reassuring ...

  9. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Hong Kong, Shanghai stocks jump on reform hopes

    Posted Jul 12th 2013, 12:00am by Jeanny Yu

    ... "one of the worst years in history", with the situation similar to 2005, when the market shed 8.3 per cent. "The local government debt issue is still a big overhang for both Hong Kong and [mainland] China," Zhang said. "By the end of the third quarter, we are likely to see some defaults in local government debt in Hubei, Yunnan, Guizhou or Hainan, and the market would ...

  10. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Chinese government bond futures start trading again after 18-year hiatus

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 12:00am by Daniel Ren, Bloomberg

    ... Meanwhile, Vice-Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao told a briefing in St Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday that an audit of local-government debt would be completed this month. ...




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