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  1. Be prepared for euro-zone fallout

    Posted Dec 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Eurogeddon has been averted, for the moment at least. Led by Germany and France, the 17 euro-zone members plus nine other members of the European Union have made a pact to deepen economic and fiscal integration with the aim of saving the euro. But it came at the cost of a fundamental split in the EU. Britain, a non-euro-zone member, stayed out of an agreement to draft ...

  2. More euro-zone gloom leaves market twisting in the wind

    Posted Oct 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com Hong Kong equities were battered by euro-zone pressures once again last week, as news that Moody's had downgraded Spain's ... once and for all investors' worries about a euro-zone debt implosion, with expectations building (for example) that France and Germany had agreed to recapitalise the euro-zone rescue fund ...

  3. Euro zone crisis a reminder for HK

    Posted Sep 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the US bore the brunt of Beijing's concerns and criticism. Continuing fears of a double-dip global recession have switched attention to Europe, as the euro zone struggles to tackle ... by world leaders and the IMF, fearful the next of prospects for world growth next year without concrete measures to back up the words. The immediate test is management by the euro zone ...

  4. How should investors approach investing in bonds in the context of rising interest rates, rising inflation and the euro-zone crisis?

    Posted Jun 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... bonds (bonds issued in the currencies of US dollars, euros and yen) is 'bleak', in the context of soft economies, rising inflation and rising interest rates. For developed markets, ...

  5. Don't fear for your euros, worry about your business

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... tests to ensure its electronic currency trading system is ready to handle Greece's exit from the euro zone and the sudden reintroduction of its former national currency, the drachma. So how likely is a break-up? At this stage, two years into the crisis, most analysts agree that it would take drastic action to resolve Europe's debt problems, preserve the euro zone ...

  6. IPOs face bright 2012 'if euro woes kept in check'

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... from further shock from the euro-zone crisis, Ernst and Young predicted yesterday. The global auditing firm predicted Hong Kong would raise over HK$260 billion this year since it had already ... South China regional managing partner of Ernst and Young, said the uncertainty around the euro-zone debt crisis had undermined investors and issuers in the IPO market this year. IPO results ...

  7. Euro debt crisis a win-win for China

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... A week ago European leaders finally clinched a complex deal to stem the euro zone's financial crisis in time to present a united front at this week's G20 summit on the global ... the European currency, even assuming the euro zone is still prepared to advance the country's second debt bailout of US$139 billion in view of the referendum. As a result the plan is in disarray, ...

  8. Mending the euro's cracks

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... world of the EU and especially the euro zone, Italy's real problem is that it effectively no longer has its lender of last resort, a central bank with the ability to print money. Reputable economists and politicians too argue that now is the time for the euro zone to accept the full logic of its existence and move to a more complete fiscal union. But this is where political reality ...

  9. Early signs of euro contagion start to show in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com As global markets lurch from crisis to crisis, the euro-zone troubles are manifesting in Hong Kong in unsettling ways, such as a big drop ... and Jiangxi Copper (358), which dropped significantly last week. Esprit (330), which counts Germany as its biggest market and is Hong Kong's proxy stock for the euro-zone crisis, had another ...

  10. Keeping Greece in euro could do more harm than good

    Posted Oct 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for the stricken Greek government. Next they must devise a formula for injecting somewhere between Euro100 billion and Euro300 billion of fresh capital into the euro zone's ailing banks. ... The real problem is that Greece, with its bloated and unproductive state sector and its high labour costs, simply cannot compete within the euro zone. As the first chart below shows, Greece's ...




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