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  1. Holders of US debt can sleep easy; inflation is not an option

    Posted Aug 09th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to inflate America out of its fast-growing national debt problem. Their concern is understandable. With direct holdings of US$868 billion at the end of May, China is by far the largest owner of US Treasury debt in the world (see the first chart below). And if you add in indirect holdings purchased through custodian banks in London and elsewhere, it is likely that the true extent ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    iBonds are little help in easing inflation and a bad bet financially

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp iBond offers a circus of hype for a few crumbs of profit The Hong Kong Monetary Authority's anticipated sale of a third tranche of inflation linked bonds is set to meet a rich vein of demand despite a recent decline in the rate of c ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - DEBT

    Hong Kong to snap up government offer of inflation-linked bonds

    Posted May 17th 2013, 12:00am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com Hongkongers likely to seize chance to lend money to their government, receive interest at a rate linked to inflation Investors to snap up new iBonds The Hong Kong Monetary Authority's anticipated sale ...

  4. quiz time

    Posted Sep 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Sophie Paine

    ... Sophie Paine Choose the correct definition for the following terms 1 TSFS 2 inflation 3 compound interest 4 SFAA 5 deferment 6 eligibility a) yu are allowed to postpone the payment of a loan b) The value of money is decreasing. c) Student Financial Assist ...

  5. No hard landing for now, but other risks are looming

    Posted Jul 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... That's made a lot of people nervous. Together with escalating doubts over local governments' ability to service their bank debts and fears that China's overextended property market may ...

  6. Don't sweat it

    Posted Sep 01st 2003, 12:00am by Tony Latter

    ... Few would disagree that a low, steady pace of inflation may, other things being equal, be preferable to general price deflation. But, when Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen says that he regards deflation as Hong Kong's biggest challenge, he see ...

  7. Things always end badly when capital is mispriced

    Posted Nov 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... While US and European leaders have struggled to contain soaring debt and to bump-start stalling growth, China's economy has continued to expand at near double digit rates. Today, officials ... high-yielding structured products. Collapse and crisis inevitably followed, and the root cause was a simple mispricing of capital. The source of Europe's debt problems is much the same. ...

  8. Borrowing for a bright future

    Posted Sep 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Sophie Paine

    ... Sophie Paine You have decided to apply for a student loan. But you are not sure how it works and where you can apply for one. A student loan is a way to finance your education. You borrow money today to pay for university and enhance your knowledge. In a ...

  9. U.S. may tap third round of bond buys

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com The US may be forced to launch a third round of bond purchases to stimulate its faltering economy within six months, as the European Union's deepening debt ... members' sovereign debt and recapitalising its banks within 18 months. The private bank manages US$170 billion of funds and has been operating in Asia for almost 25 years. Jehle expects global ...

  10. True or false

    Posted Jan 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (5% x $50 = $2.50). Why? Because if you pay interest too late, it becomes a debt and bears interest too. Variable interest: interest can either be fixed for the whole length of the loan ...




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