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  1. Comment

    Turning on the money tap will do little to ease China's liquidity bottlenecks

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 11:50am by Hu Shuli

    ... there's little sense for an all-out boost to raise supply. Growth in the M2 broad money measure slowed in July, but was still higher than the target of 13 per cent, while interest rates in the currency market have been on the low side. Besides, foreign exchange funds have not seen the massive dips that would necessitate action. What about lowering interest rates to adjust the price ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1584332/turning-money-tap-will-do-little-ease-chinas-liquidity-bottlenecks
  2. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Link between Chinese exports and US job losses isn’t cut and dried

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 11:48am by PATRICK LOW

    ... they are ignored, making for a far less interesting story about what is really happening in the US job market. Moreover, not only trade affects employment and the rate of churning (voluntary and involuntary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1584327/link-between-chinese-exports-and-us-job-losses-isnt-cut-and-dried
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTIGATIONS

    Credit Suisse probing alleged pillow talk by trader

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 09:27am by Reuters

    ... it was investigating the matter. Electronic communications like chat rooms have featured prominently in the investigations into the manipulation of the London and euro interbank offered rate benchmarks for interest rates and the possible rigging of the US$5.3 trillion-a-day currency markets. Several banks subsequently placed tighter controls on chat functions or limited access to certain forums. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1584258/credit-suisse-probing-alleged-pillow-talk-trader
  4. Business - Companies - FUNDRAISING

    Midas to raise HK$110m in rights offering

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 09:18am by Ray Chan

    ... The remaining HK$29 million will go to refinance its yuan-denominated bank borrowings. The firm said it planned to reduce its exposure to yuan borrowings that carried higher interest rates. It repaid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1584249/midas-raise-hk110m-rights-offering
  5. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Foreign demand fuels London surge

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 03:50am by SUSIE WATKINS POLAKOVA

    ... mortgages that are 4.5 times income to 15 per cent of a bank's total mortgage lending and insisted that banks ensure borrowers can pay off their loans, even if interest rates rise 3 per cent ... or the encouragement of British interest rates being at a record low for over five years. Indeed there is new demand for homes in London from unexpected quarters. In the wealthy district of Mayfair, Indian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1583769/foreign-demand-fuels-london-surge
  6. Property - International - BRITAIN

    London property market stalls as buyers resist higher prices

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 03:50am by Bloomberg

    ... said. Homes in the capital took an average of 4.9 weeks to sell, up from 4.3 weeks in July. While the BOE's benchmark interest rate has been at a record-low 0.5 per cent since March 2009, policymakers Martin Weale and Ian McCafferty voted for an increase this month. Investors are betting the rate will increase to 0.75 per cent in May next year, according to futures contracts. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1583862/london-property-market-stalls-buyers-resist-higher-prices
  7. Business - Economy - EMPLOYMENT

    Starbucks stars as South Korea aims to boost jobs for women

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:33am by BLOOM

    ... companies including Hyundai Motor for not having enough part-time jobs for women, while praising Starbucks, Samsung Electronics and Lotte Group. She's pledged to boost the participation rate ... "A shrinking workforce means less tax revenue and strained public finances, and in an economy of this size that's a direct risk to the sovereign credit rating," said Park Sung-wook, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1583957/starbucks-stars-south-korea-aims-boost-jobs-women
  8. Business - Comment

    How freeing up public housing would help Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:17am by Richard Wong

    ... without credit rating. Fourth, mortgaging parents' homes would also provide an important source of upward intergenerational mobility, both in providing human capital investments to children ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1583989/how-freeing-public-housing-would-help-hong-kong
  9. News - Asia

    Thai surrogate mother for Japanese mystery man recalls day she met him

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 11:36pm by AP

    ... at the New Life fertility clinic, which had posted the internet ad. He was tall, with shaggy, shoulder-length hair, and was dressed casually in jeans and a wrinkled, button-down shirt he left ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584031/thai-surrogate-mother-japanese-mystery-man-recalls-day-she-met-him
  10. News - Asia

    How Japanese businessman Mitsutoki Shigeta fathered 16 surrogate babies

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 11:35pm by AP

    ... Associated Press 1. Shigeta hired surrogacy scouts and a fertility doctor in Bangkok. 2. The doctor's fertility clinic handled implantation of the embryos. 3. The clinic handled prenatal care and deliveries of the babies spread out at nine Bangkok hospitals. The babies, all born via caesarean section, include four sets of twins. 4. Newborns were taken to a Bangkok ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584030/how-japanese-businessman-mitsutoki-shigeta-fathered-16-surrogate-babies

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