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  1. A summer of discontent with high debt and no confidence in policy tools

    Posted Aug 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Andrew Sheng July was a silly month. Europe tried to stem a debt crisis with seemingly half its population on summer leave. Britain was obsessed with the Murdoch case, while the US tried frantically to avert a debt default. Luckily, the US Congress proved Winston Churchill right this month, that Americans could be counted on to do the right thing- after they had exhausted all other ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Timing the key in Japan's massive gamble to revive the economy

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 12:00am by DAN STEINBOCK

    ... deficit spending. In the process, Japanese governments have piled up debt valued at US$14.6 trillion, which translates to a whopping 230 per cent of annual GDP. Yet, Japan pays less than 1 per ... of the sovereign debt using the savings deposits of the population. Only a decade ago, Americans used their subprime apartments as cash machines, which created a semblance of real economic activity. Japan ...

  3. Higher rate of interest designed to spur settlement

    Posted Apr 08th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man When a court orders a party to pay compensation, the amount can be subject to interest. The interest rate has been as high as 13.5 per cent since 1983, and is 8 per cent now. Under the law, the court may set an interest rate it thinks fit or as provided by the rules of court from when the cause of action arises to the time of judgment. After judgment, the debt ...

  4. Fingers crossed, as investors eye China's inflation numbers

    Posted Jun 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... borrowers will struggle to generate sufficient returns to service their debt. In other words, for many would-be borrowers, conditions are now looking uncomfortably tight. That's a double blow ...

  5. Business - Economy

    Weighed down

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Weighed down Japan's economy expanded at only 0.3 per cent in the second quarter- half the forecast pace- and as Europe's debt woes cause further weakening in exports, the stage could be set for more monetary easing. Photo: Reuters ...

  6. Beijing likely to free up interest rates this year

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com The mainland is likely to make a breakthrough in liberalising interest rates this year, with Beijing expected to allow banks to set rates within widened bands. Academics close to policymakers said the progress in de ...

  7. Business - Economy - MONETARY POLICIES

    ECB expected to usher in new year with steady interest rates

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... this year to keep up the pressure on governments to solve the debt crisis, analysts predict. With ECB interest rates now at record lows and its latest anti-crisis weapon ready and primed for action, ... of its three-year-long debt crisis. Market tensions have indeed eased since the ECB unveiled its anti-crisis bazooka in September, the so-called OMT bond-purchase programme. The scheme ...

  8. How to crack interest rate rumours

    Posted May 31st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... government and bank debt, and in the long run may begin to provide the nation's beleaguered manufacturers with a bit of pricing power. None of these is very powerful, but they are all positive. ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - DIM SUM BONDS

    Dim sum bond sales drop amid uncertainty from leadership change

    Posted Nov 02nd 2012, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Dim sum sales slip on leadership changeover Beijing's once-a-decade leadership change has cut dim sum debt issuance to a five-month low, as uncertainty about the new ... globally pay an average 2.66 per cent to sell dollar debt, the indexes show. As Communist Party cadres meet from Thursday to appoint the country's next generation of leaders, issuers ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - MONETARY POLICY

    No cutting the slack

    Posted May 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... a month in government debt, equal to 70 per cent of new debt issuance. The watchers said the bank was likely to start unwinding its policy by gradually lowering purchases of government debt, real ... for excess reserves parked at the central bank. To reduce the securities on its books, one economist said the bank would be able to sell debt, but three others said the purchases are so large ...




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