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  1. Business - Economy - ANALYSIS

    Asset bubbles risk deflating global economic recovery, warn analysts

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:26am by AFP

    ... Concern has been rising that investors are paying too much for securities in a search for good returns when interest rates are hovering near record lows, creating the bubble conditions for a new ... time to move them to new and more productive uses." Bond rates for European countries hit hard by the euro-zone debt crisis, such as Greece, have slumped, showing investors do not see them ...

  2. Business - China Business - ANALYSIS

    Tencent to partner with more developers to fuel its mobile games expansion

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:26am by BIEN PEREZ

    ... on their smartphone. "What we're offering is a very competitive market rate to sign up developers to work with Tencent. They don't need to worry about operations because Tencent can help them ...

  3. Business - Economy - ANALYSIS

    Now is the time to worry about inflation not deflation

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 01:04am by RICHARD HARRIS

    ... adjustments of 15 per cent. If you were able to save money, your savings would grow at that rate per year, which you could invest into an inflation-proofed real asset, at a mortgage rate over 20 per ... in the Bundesbank, who frequently warned of Germany's 1922 hyperinflation. In Zimbabwe, the annual inflation rate was 80 billion per cent in November 2008; and I have several One Hundred Trillion ...

  4. Business - Economy - ANALYSIS

    Sex and drugs to add to Europe's murky GDP figures

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 01:30am by BLOOM

    ... for example, that a "window prostitute" in Amsterdam's famous red-light district has, on average, three clients a day. It is harder to work out the rate for other flavours of the trade. ...

  5. News - China - ANALYSIS

    With two years left, is Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou in danger of becoming lame duck?

    Posted May 20th 2014, 03:56am by Lawrence Chung

    ... seen his approval rating fall from a high of 68 per cent to a low of 9 per cent during his time as president. His government has been beset by the island's lacklustre economic performance ...

  6. Business - China Business - ANALYSIS

    Monopoly factor a key driver of mainland China internet stocks' surge

    Posted May 12th 2014, 02:58am by Cathy Holcombe

    ... of market-driven entrepreneurialism. But much of this represents the fact that the privately owned internet stocks have been on a gallop, while Chinese banks have been re-rated downwards. And internet ... and set interest rates, these banks were raking in the profits. Foreign players are largely banned from participating in China's internet market But being blessed by the state ...

  7. Business - China Business - ANALYSIS

    VAT reform to put pressure on telecoms giants' shares

    Posted May 03rd 2014, 04:00am by BIEN PEREZ

    ... results in the short term. The VAT rates of 11 per cent and 6 per cent for basic telecommunications services and so-called value-added services such as multimedia messaging, respectively, will replace the 3 per cent business tax. Credit rating agency Fitch said yesterday the operators would find it difficult to pass on the additional taxes to customers through higher tariffs because ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - ANALYSIS

    Was Barclays the problem, or its business model?

    Posted May 10th 2014, 01:20am by Reuters

    ... embarrassment and liability- as in the interest rate fixing scandal- it has done so while requiring huge amounts of capital. At the same time, it has had to pay out considerable portions of the money ...

  9. Business - China Business - ANALYSIS

    China telecoms operators see plenty to gain in sharing infrastructure

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 01:03am by SOPHIE YU AND BIEN PEREZ

    ... said they face "substantial negative impacts on profitability in the short term" as a value-added tax (VAT) reform scheme in their industry is implemented from June 1. The VAT rate for basic telecommunications services will be 11 per cent, while a 6 per cent rate will be imposed on so-called value-added services. ...

  10. Business - China Business - ANALYSIS

    Ma disrupts China's mobile internet market

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 01:31am by BIEN PEREZ

    ... since 2009. According to iResearch, UCWeb has the largest mobile browser market share on the mainland with a 66 per cent user penetration rate. That is ahead of Tencent's QQ, Baidu, Opera ...




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