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  1. Higher ground

    Posted Aug 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in domestic politics, several reform initiatives, including liberalising prices of utilities, have been put on the back burner. Last December, the central bank hinted at a speedy breakthrough in liberalising interest rates as part of factor-price reform. But this is now on hold because the government fears it would further unsettle investors' confidence in Chinese banks. While the banks ...

  2. Is ditching US peg a basket-case idea?

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... But Yam's replacement, HKMA chief executive Norman Chan Tak-lam, for one, does not like the Singapore model, saying Singapore has a problem with inflation despite using a basket. Tim Condon, ING Bank's Asia research head and a former external adviser to the HKMA-funded Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, agrees. Singapore and Hong Kong had the highest inflation in Asia, at 5.6 per ...

  3. Easing expected as inflation slows

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... established downward trend has removed constraints for further policy easing,' said Tao Wang, chief China economist with UBS Securities. Last week, the central bank cut the reserve ratio requirement (RRR) for banks- the amount of money they must deposit with the central bank and not lend out- in what economists expect will be the first of a string of measures to loosen macroeconomic ...

  4. Beijing's mixed economic stance divides analysts

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the government initiated a series of tightening measures since last year. The central bank raised the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) six times in the first half of this year alone, ordering banks ... 'grasp the direction, strength and rhythm of its macroeconomic policies' as the economic development gets 'complicated' with several uncertain factors. However, central bank chief ...

  5. News - China - MONETARY POLICIES

    China monetary tightening pressure eases off

    Posted Mar 03rd 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... monetary policy and macroeconomic controls is easing as inflation will be "relatively low" this month due to slowing food-price gains, central bank adviser Song Guoqing said yesterday. ... economic expansion would accelerate to 8.3 per cent. The People's Bank of China has drained cash from the financial system since the Lunar New Year holiday ended on February 15. This boosted ...

  6. Dim-sum bond offer to central banks

    Posted Jun 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... it earmarked 2 billion yuan of the sovereign bonds for overseas central banks and monetary authorities, who will be able to buy them through the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). 'We have been in touch with some central banks in the region,' HKMA deputy chief executive Peter Pang said. 'A couple have expressed interest.' Opening up sovereign bonds to overseas central banks ...

  7. Economic chiefs put rate rise on hold

    Posted Apr 17th 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... and attended by the heads of some of the world's biggest banks. 'Inflationary pressures have been gradually growing,' Deputy Finance Minister Li Yong told the audience. 'The ... investments were happening in some sectors of the economy, singling out steel and aluminium. People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan said it had not ruled out raising interest rates ...

  8. Bank rates cut for first time in four years

    Posted Jun 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for the world's second-biggest economy. Also, in an unprecedented move, Beijing decided to allow banks more flexibility to set their rates, in what economists say is a key step towards sweeping financial reform. The People's Bank of China cut rates by 25 basis points for 12-month lending and deposit interest rates starting from today to counter a deepening economic slowdown as the euro-zone ...

  9. More tightening likely as capital spending rises

    Posted Apr 18th 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Bank liquidity fuels outlays The mainland's capital spending in urban areas, a key driver of the world's fourth largest economy, picked up speed last month, ... in capital spending (spending on items with a useful life of more than one year) is being fuelled by excessive liquidity in the banking system. Economists expect the government to soon introduce ...

  10. China bank stocks seen as way to go despite bad debt fears

    Posted Jan 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... May Chan and Anita Lam Investors are being advised to keep believing in the China story and overweight mainland bank and consumption stocks despite fears that global economic turmoil and an unfolding bad-debt crisis at home will stunt growth. Howard Wang, head of the Greater China Team of JP Morgan Asset Management, said the company had increased its exposure to mainland banking stocks ...




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