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  1. China, not Europe, is 2012's great economic unknown

    Posted Jan 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... will weather the softness of the big developed economies, and how policymakers in Beijing will respond if that growth should falter. This uncertainty persists partly because Beijing is busy sending ... be forced to borrow from the rest of the world to finance its growth. 'There will be no better proof of how excessive China's investment is and no better indication that the economy ...

  2. The lesson Europe could learn from the Asian currency crisis

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... follow.' Intermittently over the following months, as Europe cobbled together first one, then a whole succession of bail-out packages, Monitor maintained that none would work. The reason ... official did tell me at the time that I had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. Perhaps not. But two years on, the Greek economy has contracted by 9 per cent. Private deposits in Greek ...

  3. In Europe, a tussle plays out between market certainty and political reality

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... duly fell from 7.3per cent a year to 6per cent, but even at that level, the real interest rate (after deducting inflation of 3.3per cent) is 2.7per cent. With the economy growing at near zero ... Hong Kong's experience with the link to the US dollar meant the economy must be flexible to maintain the fixed exchange rate. Ireland has to do the same. The Irish authorities understand ...

  4. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Financial Secretary John Tsang says Hong Kong economy faces challenging year

    Posted Jan 08th 2013, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu, TONY CHEUNG AND RAY CHAN

    ... faces challenging year Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has warned of challenging conditions in the Hong Kong economy this year in light of volatile Western and Japanese markets. Tsang also raised concern over the risk of higher inflation and asset bubbles because of hot money flows. The United States, Europe and Japan in September last year separately issued monetary easing ...

  5. Business - Economy - SINGAPORE

    Singapore economy beats forecasts with 1.8pc expansion

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

    ... Bloomberg in Singapore City state averts recession even in the absence of stimulus from central bank Singapore outpaces forecasts with 1.8pc expansion Singapore's economy expanded ... estimate in a survey was for a 1.6 per cent expansion. The economy grew 1.2 per cent last year. The World Bank last month raised its outlook for emerging East Asia nations, citing China's ...

  6. Things always end badly when capital is mispriced

    Posted Nov 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland Over the past four years, as first the United States and then Europe have suffered devastating financial crises, Beijing's sense of schadenfreude has been almost palpable. 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 ...

  7. It all comes down to the Germans

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Beijing and the world's leading central banks have separately eased liquidity amid fears of a global slowdown. Economic indicators show the cooling of China's own economy, including manufacturing activity, is gathering pace, partly because of flagging demand from debt-stricken Europe. Policymakers have cut the proportion of deposits that banks must hold in reserve ...

  8. The painful lesson that Europe should learn from Hong Kong

    Posted May 11th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to begin. At first glance Hong Kong doesn't appear to have much in common with Greece, Portugal and the other ailing economies of Europe's southern periphery. Greek government spending ... with Tom Holland If you think Europe's crisis is over, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Yesterday's huge Euro750 billion rescue package certainly helped reassure ...

  9. Europe can learn from Argentina's woes

    Posted Nov 29th 2010, 12:00am by Michael Pettis

    ... Michael Pettis Six months ago Domingo Cavallo, the all-powerful Minister of Economy for Argentina from 1991 to 1996, had a warning for Greece. 'Don't even think of abandoning the euro,' he said, 'because that will provoke a financial catastrophe in Greece and various other countries in Europe.' Best known for his 1991 Convertibility Law, which forced Argentina ...

  10. 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 ... in the economy, while households are anticipating higher consumer prices, lower income and less job security down the road. The macroeconomic confidence index slid by 6.6 percentage points to 58.4 per ...




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