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  1. 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 ...

  2. Business - Money - MARKETS

    What price political risk?

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 11:43am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... care about political risk? The short answer is yes. But they care much more about making money- particularly when global interest rates have been anchored at historically low levels for so long ... the country's already battered currency, the rouble, fell 3 per cent to a record low against the US dollar. It raised interest rates by 150 basis points and spent US$11 billion shoring up the rouble ...

  3. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Panic in the air as sell-off in emerging markets enters new phase

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... emerging markets was bleak. Now, the whiff of panic is in the air. Last week's aggressive rise in Turkey's interest rates to shore up the country's wilting lira currency, has ... year. This is an invitation for further speculation against the rouble. Markets are now starting to price in interest rate increases in Hungary and, to a lesser extent, Russia over the next year ...

  4. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Stocks gain as volatility over Fed tapering eases

    Posted Nov 23rd 2013, 02:45am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Rally sparked as investors decide scaling back of US bond-buying programme probably won't lead to higher rates in the short term Stocks gain as volatility over Fed ... year, does not necessarily mean interest rates will rise soon afterwards. We might see it slow waiting for the US employment report MICHAEL GALLAGHER, IDEAGLOBAL "I think people have got ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - MARKETS

    CDB to launch 8b yuan loan-backed securities

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 04:54am by Reuters

    ... to shift risk away from the banking system to reduce the chances of a financial crisis as economic growth slows and the level of bad loans rises. According to the sources, China Credit Rating has given the railway ABS a rating of AAA, based on the credibility of the borrower, China Railway Corp. Citic Trust would serve as trustee for the ABS, while CDB's brokerage affiliate, China ...

  6. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Hong Kong equities face midlife crisis as trading loses steam

    Posted Nov 18th 2013, 05:25am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... much more focused on high-yield bonds in recent years. Low interest rates have sent many people looking for high fixed returns that protect against inflation. Of the three fund types- equities, ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - MARKETS

    Waiver on property floats yet to come

    Posted Nov 13th 2013, 03:18am by LANGI CHAING

    ... in the past years. "China will probably relax other policies but not this one any time soon," said Chen Dongming, the chief credit officer at China Lianhe Credit Rating in Beijing. ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - MARKETS

    Liquidity swell to spill into 2014

    Posted Nov 02nd 2013, 03:13am by Reuters

    ... policy uncertainty lifts interest rate volatility and threatens bond prices, as it did after May, and forces those "excess reserves" to go to ground and hunker down in cash again until ... with global M2 aggregates up by US$3 trillion, or 4.6 per cent, so far this year- far outstripping a 2 per cent global inflation rate. ...

  9. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Property firms take hit from rate rise

    Posted Mar 15th 2013, 12:00am by Ray Chan, Jeanny Yu

    ... Investors dump shares of developers in favour of financials after three major banks raise mortgage rates by 25 basis points Shares of Hong Kong developers fell yesterday after three major banks raised mortgage rates by 25 basis points amid mounting risk in the property market. In response to the first rate rise in 18 months, Sun Hung Kai Properties, the world's largest ...

  10. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Little outflow from Asia despite tapering fears

    Posted Sep 14th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... long-term Treasuries. A third round was announced in September last year, with the Fed buying US$40 billion of mortgage-backed securities a month. That cash, and near-zero rates in Europe channelled ... normalising interest rates. But the money has been slow to leave. And analysts looking for guidance from previous episodes of Fed policy tightening, such as in 1994, 1999, or more recently 2003, run ...




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