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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - MARKETS

    Hong Kong homebuyers warned 'don't rush into the market- it's heating up'

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:20am by Ernest Kao

    ... in the region of HK$4 million. He was worried about buyers rushing in without considering long-term affordability and a potential rise in interest rates. "I am particularly concerned about ... impact] is generally quite weak." Tsang urged homebuyers to keep an eye on prices and interest rates- and consider their own ability to buy- before they made the decision to enter the market. ...

  2. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Hong Kong fund houses bypass brokers as fund size hits HK$16 trillion

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:19am by Enoch Yiu

    ... not helped them expand, are going through a tough time. "The brokerage industry also had record growth rate, although it grew at a slower rate than the fund industry, which has a lower ...

  3. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Impact of Brazil's crushing World Cup defeat to extend far beyond field

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:55am by Bloomberg

    ... the economy. Since Rousseff took office in 2011, growth has decelerated to an average annual rate of 2 per cent, the slowest since the presidency of Fernando Collor, who resigned in 1992 amid ...

  4. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Bonds are king in Hong Kong market as investors lose appetite for IPOs

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 01:40am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... kicked in, when interest rates were not next to zero and the mainland's story of sustained, miraculous economic growth was fully intact. In 2007, mainland offshore debt issuance was less ... that in a year that was supposed to be about higher interest rates and the great rotation into equities, especially in light of more negative sentiment on the Chinese economy." Initial public ...

  5. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Limited upside seen for Hong Kong stocks in second half

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... the S&P 500 Index in the US added 6.2 per cent and the S&P Europe 50 Index rose 5.1 per cent. The market might have fallen further but for global interest rates, which had stayed low ... at a reduced rate due to tapering, and equity prices in part reflected the relative zeal shown by the central banks, Every said. Analysts expect the mainland economy to stabilise later in the year ...

  6. Business - Economy - MARKETS

    Emerging markets still haunted by the Fed

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 10:15am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... rates in the first half of next year. While the initial shock of the "taper" has worn off, the Fed will nevertheless struggle to signal a tightening in policy without unsettling ... on oil imports and suffering from high inflation rates. Third, investors themselves have become increasingly complacent as market volatility practically disappears. A good example ...

  7. Business - Money - MARKETS

    If history repeats itself, Hang Seng Index could top out in 2014

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 10:47am by RICHARD HARRIS

    ... Alan Greenspan's interest rate peak of 12,157 in January 1994, the market having doubled in 12 months. Even further back, the index peaked at 3,968 before the notorious "Black ... at the bottom. Now, 2014 should fit worryingly into the market's seven-year itch, but this cycle looks squashed- unpowered by the liquidity caused by printing money or falling interest rates ...

  8. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Thailand stocks fall, baht drops amid martial law

    Posted May 21st 2014, 01:11am by BLOOM

    ... is not, in itself, negative for Thailand's ratings, although clearly we are keeping the situation under close review," Andrew Colquhoun, head of Asia-Pacific sovereigns at Fitch Ratings ...

  9. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Sticky goings-on in Teflon Thailand

    Posted May 15th 2014, 09:43am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... The stand-off is inflicting severe damage on Thailand's already weak economy, which grew by less than 3 per cent last year- the slowest rate in emerging Asia- and is likely to have contracted ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - MARKETS

    China's Big Four banks fall out of favour with investors

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 01:54am by BLOOM

    ... are concerned that those loans will turn sour at an increasing rate as growth slows towards 7.5 per cent, the weakest annual pace since 1990. At the same time, the ruling Communist Party's plan to increase the role of markets in the mainland economy poses a threat to state-owned banks that have benefited from tightly regulated interest rates. Central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said ...




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