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  1. Debt crisis threatens the whole euro zone

    Posted Dec 01st 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Pigs, of course, can't fly. Nor can the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain), the ailing euro-zone economies, fly away from their problems of heavy debts. But the cost to the PIGS of raising money is flying alarmingly high. Five-year sovereign credit default swaps of Portugal, Ireland and Spain have risen to record levels of 500, 600 and 320 basis points ...

  2. Troubled times for euro zone

    Posted Jun 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Lo

    ... debts has caused the cost of borrowing for the other weaker euro zone countries- such as Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain- to rise. And the countries with stronger economies, especially Germany, now have to find the cash to keep Greece afloat. This huge operation breaks a key rule agreed by the euro zone countries- one which banned bailouts for nations which lived beyond ...

  3. Euro zone woes set to dominate Beijing talks

    Posted May 21st 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... the talks. But the euro zone woes could delay progress. 'The European sovereign debt crisis has thrown a spanner in the works of the global recovery, and a resumption of the yuan's stalled ... Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao yesterday stood firm on Beijing's exchange rate policy and hinted that the euro zone's woes were the real focus of attention. The second Sino-US strategic ...

  4. A new financial mess is the last thing we need

    Posted May 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and spread. The potential damage from a full-blown euro-zone crisis is more dangerous to the world economy- which is still in slow recovery- than the global fallout from the East Asian meltdown was. ... is surprising is that euro-zone leaders had six months to tackle the crisis, yet allowed the uncertainty of a rescue to persist up to the eve of redemptions of Greek bonds in the next few weeks. Still, ...

  5. Markets rebound on ECB debt plan

    Posted May 11th 2010, 12:00am by Amanda Lee

    ... Amanda Lee Global stock markets rebounded yesterday from last week's slump after the European Central Bank's plan to intervene in the euro-zone debt crisis eased fears of another ... The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.39 per cent. Global markets tumbled last week after the ECB said on Thursday it had not considered buying euro-zone government bonds to stabilise the debt crisis ...

  6. In a crisis, credit ratings just make things worse

    Posted May 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... trouble in the euro zone, it can pose a danger to the system and be a destabilising force in a crisis. Just as euro-zone leaders and the International Monetary Fund were putting together a rescue ... of contagion spreading from Greece to the other exposed euro-zone member states. More importantly, it made it difficult for the European Central Bank to inject liquidity for Greece because ...

  7. Events

    Posted Jul 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... business optimisation- How to ensure a return on investment for your change programme'. European Chamber of Commerce breakfast: 'Global recovery and the euro zone reform'. Club ... Community investment'. HKCEC. Tuesday, July 27: Hong Kong Retirement Schemes Association lunch: 'The global sovereign debt crisis: Exit options'. Wednedsay, July 28: Hong Kong General ...

  8. Europe must have its banking house in order

    Posted Sep 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... capital standards for banks, and effective enforcement of them by regulators, very important. The new banking rules are a compromise, as evidenced by euro-zone resistance to US and British pressure for earlier implementation. If Asia is now the engine of global growth, Europe weighs on it. Having bailed out the banking system and even sovereign states, euro-zone financial authorities ...

  9. HSI falls below 20,000 after US, Europe sell-off

    Posted May 08th 2010, 12:00am by Amanda Lee

    ... time since February. The euro-zone debt crisis continued to be a concern across markets, triggering corrections in all asset classes including currencies and commodities. On Thursday, US stocks ... are increasingly anxious about the health of the banking sector as the euro zone debt woes could set off a liquidity crisis, said Michala Marcussen, London-based head of global economics at French ...

  10. Events

    Posted Jul 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... change programme'. Hong Kong Club. European Chamber of Commerce breakfast: 'Global recovery and the euro zone reform'. Club Lusitano, Central. Thursday, July 22: Canadian Chamber ... Today: Hong Kong Securities Institute lunch: 'Credit risk- Lessons from the crisis'. Wing On Centre, Central. Tomorrow: British Chamber of Commerce breakfast: 'Doing ...




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