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  1. Lifestyle - Books - ECONOMICS

    Book review: Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, by Mark Blyth

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... on for two reasons. First, the common-sense hunch that more debt cannot cure debt remains seductively simple. Second, austerity is a neat excuse for conservatives to cut public services and run ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Austerity frenzy proven to be wrong. So will it be halted?

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by Paul Krugman

    ... at the beginning of 2010, two Harvard economists, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, circulated a paper, "Growth in a Time of Debt", that purported to identify a critical "threshold", a tipping point, for government indebtedness. Once debt exceeds 90 per cent of gross domestic product, they claimed, economic growth drops sharply. Reinhart and Rogoff had credibility thanks ...

  3. Magazines - Money - MONEY TALKS

    The way ahead is asset spread

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:00am by MARTIN MERZ

    ... QE2 and QE3 and we have massive deficits. These deficits were like I send you a cheque- most of it is transfer payments- and then you can go and spend it. But in the meantime the debt grows ...

  4. Business - Comment

    Hong Kong feels effect of US stimulus moves

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... earlier episodes, explained one analyst. In the first round, the Fed bought US Treasury debt in the market. Under the new programme, the Fed is buying mortgage-backed securities. That meant ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Tired ideas won't save ailing Western economies

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by Graeme Maxton

    ... of the developed world was the result of ever-rising borrowing, not higher wages. Real incomes actually fell. It was too much borrowing that created the debt bubble, and the crisis. Printing money does ... the debt problem requires something much simpler but much less seductive- patience and time. The reason that this is overlooked, of course, is that the entire modern Western economic edifice ...

  6. Business - Money - BONDS

    Safe havens are now risky

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Evelina Leung

    ... Developed countries' sovereign debt is losing some of its appeal, writesCarrie Lam Safe havens are now risky Sovereign debt forms, or sovereign bonds, are one of the oldest types ... been a textbook guideline for many investors over the past decades. However, since the European debt crisis swept in, developed countries have been viewed as risky. "The European crisis ...

  7. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Time comes to play it safe

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... the authorities remain acutely aware of the adverse effects of the credit bubble which built up in 2008 and 2009. There is still a huge debt overhang and property prices remain too high. With agricultural ...

  8. Magazines - Money - INVESTMENT: CURRENCY

    Yuan products- a shopper's guide

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by KEVIN MCQUEEN

    ... Deutsche Bank expects 30 per cent of China's trade to be conducted in yuan by 2015. It also expects yuan bond market capitalisation to account for more than half of the Hong Kong debt market ...

  9. Magazines - Money - REGIONAL OUTLOOK

    Where to put your money

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by Jeanny Yu

    ... swings in asset prices and credit growth. With these kinds of policy settings, we should expect a credit bubble in Hong Kong.   When will Hong Kong's credit bubble burst? Debt isn't ...

  10. Magazines - Money - INVESTMENT: SCANDALS

    A brief history of scandal

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... for the vast debts Britain incurred during the war with Spain. The plan was simple: debts would be repaid as investors piled into the shares, the increased value of which would pay-off the debt. When ... in 1998 is a case in point. LTCM was a big-league gambler in derivatives on US Treasury bills, basically betting on the falling value of American government debt. But US Treasuries kept going up ...




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