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  1. Business - Money - INVESTING

    Quantitative easing and macro factors keys to investment success

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:00am by Satyajit Das

    ... thereby releasing cash. Reduction in depreciation charges and the ability to use cash flow to cut debt lowers interest costs, as do sharp decreases in interest rates. Cost cutting, productivity ...

  2. Business - Money - RESULTS

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Q3 profit falls 19pc on lower turnover

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Fewer listings contributed to the lower-than-expected third-quarter earnings while mainland slowdown and euro-debt crisis hit outlook HKE x profit falls 19 pc ... from HK$1.24 billion a year earlier. Brokers blamed the decline on the mainland's economic slowdown and the European debt crisis, which has discouraged investors from placing bets ...

  3. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Slack demand hits Japan's exports for third month

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Central bank ends minimum return on bond purchases in move to stimulate economy Bank of Japan drops debt target Japan's exports fell for a third month in the year ... for adding stimulus to the economy even as a goal of ending deflation remains out of reach. The central bank scrapped the requirement for regular purchases of government debt, currently set at 1.8 ...

  4. Business - Commodities

    Commodities prices reaching the end of a bumper run

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... pledged a third round of debt-buying a week later. That contrasts with a 92 per cent surge from the end of 2008 up to June last year as the Fed bought US$2.3 trillion of debt in two bouts ... than other commodities, Standard Bank said. The Fed will buy US$40 billion of mortgage debt a month and hold the benchmark interest rate near zero until at least mid-2015. The ECB held its ...

  5. Business

    Bernanke may have hidden agenda in printing money

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... because the real objective of QE3 may not be to create jobs so much as to create inflation. With the US struggling under a total debt burden - public and private - equal to about 360 per cent of gross domestic product, the Fed is desperate to boost nominal GDP in order to shrink the relative size of the debt mountain. If it can't do that by promoting real growth, the Fed ...

  6. Vow to put growth on even keel

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... 8.1 per cent in the first, damped by the European debt crisis and cooling investment at home. Yesterday's statement didn't outline any concrete new measures. But the government said ...

  7. Tips from the top

    Posted Jul 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... officials appeared relaxed. Perhaps it was the sunshine and tequila or maybe larger issues, such as the euro-zone debt crisis, which diverted their attention. Whatever the case, the wording ... Poor's in April warned that it would downgrade India's debt rating to junk status unless the government cut the national deficit. Markets worry a downgrade could trigger foreign investor ...

  8. Asian demand to 'extend gold's bull run'

    Posted Jun 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the long term despite the deepening European sovereign debt crisis sending gold prices down from the record high of US$1,923.70 an ounce seen in September last year. Gold, a safe-haven asset, has ... of government bonds and other debt instruments by the central bank, did not materialise. However, comments by US central bank head Ben Bernanke had some analysts thinking it may be deferred instead ...

  9. Bankers see policy easing ahead as economy cools

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the third quarter, compared with only 6.7 per cent in the second. More interest rate cuts and higher bank lending are widely expected as the economy cools amid the ongoing debt crisis in Europe ...

  10. Rate cut bolsters market sentiment at new projects

    Posted Jun 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a deepening economic slowdown as the euro-zone debt crisis worsens. 'Our firm received more inquiries for buying new homes over the weekend. Sales in the secondary market also increased,' ... a securities firm owned by China Construction Bank, said the rate cut was aimed at stimulating economic activity and boosting property sales by lowering the debt burdens of both developers and property ...




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