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  1. Business - Money - SINGAPORE

    Singapore's bid to start baby boom

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... in 1965, bringing million-dollar high-rise apartments and shopping malls in place of pig farms and fishing villages. In 1965, the country had a 4.7 fertility rate. So many women gave birth ... as the economy developed brought the fertility rate down to 1.82 by the end of the decade. A survey by I Love Children, an organisation that promotes a "children-plenty" Singapore, showed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1136058/singapores-bid-start-baby-boom
  2. Business - Money - BONDS

    Bond investors on edge as Fed prepares to raise interest rates

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 04:32am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in New York Bulls vindicated by gains this year may be misreading the US Federal Reserve's resolve to lift interest rates from close to zero Bond investors could be in for rates shock For bond investors who are convinced a lack of inflation will keep the US Federal Reserve from upending Treasuries when it begins to raise interest rates, there is one parallel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1604201/bond-investors-edge-fed-prepares-raise-interest
  3. Business - Economy - OUTLOOK

    Fitch rules out ratings impact on Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 11:31am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Fitch Ratings says the Occupy Central movement that spilled over from the weekend does not significantly affect Hong Kong’s ratings. “The events of the past 24 hours don’t significantly affect Hong Kong’s ratings. Fitch was aware of the planned Occupy protests when we affirmed Hong Kong at ‘AA-plus’ with stable outlook on September 15. We don’t expect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1603821/fitch-rules-out-ratings-impact-hong-kong
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - INTEREST RATES

    Increased Fed fund rate to prick Hong Kong's credit bubble

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:28am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com HK banks have enjoyed cheap credit for seven years due to rock-bottom US interest rates but upcoming changes could be about to hit them hard Increased Fed fund rate to prick city's credit bubble Hong Kong banks have been awash with cheap credit for nearly seven years but the wellspring is about to dry up. After a meeting of its Federal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1597676/increased-fed-fund-rate-toprick-hong-kongs-credit-bubble
  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    G20 chiefs fear market risks from low interest rates

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:28am by Bloomberg

    ... from low rates Group of 20 finance chiefs and central bankers said low interest rates are contributing to a potential increase in financial market risk, as major policymakers rely on monetary stimulus to bolster growth. "We are mindful of the potential for a build-up of excessive risk in financial markets, particularly in an environment of low interest rates and low asset price ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1597565/g20-chiefs-fear-market-risks-low-interest-rates
  6. Business - Companies - DEBT

    Investors told to buy Sony bonds after ratings downgrade

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Investors told to buy Sony bonds after downgrade Sony Corp may reward investors if they wait to buy its bonds after an expected ratings downgrade, BNP Paribas said. ... indicated it might cut the firm's rating to non-investment grade. "[Sony] needs to concentrate on its good points like semiconductors, and they have very good financial divisions, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1596345/investors-told-buy-sony-bonds-after-ratings-downgrade
  7. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Regional indices end mixed after US Fed says rates still some time away

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:34am by Reuters

    ... Reuters First increase in interest rates may come faster than expected next year as Japan closes at eight-month high and HK ends the day down Regional indices end mixed on Fed news Asian markets were mixed yesterday after the US Federal Reserve said an interest rate increase would not happen for a "considerable time" while also indicating it could raise borrowing costs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1595669/regional-indices-end-mixed-after-us-fed-says-rates
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Emerging-market exchange rates slump

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 04:56am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg Developing nation currencies have weakened after concern that higher interest rates in the US will curb asset demand in riskier countries Emerging market exchange rates slump It's back. The rout that gripped emerging market currencies last year is now sending exchange rates to their weakest levels since 2009. An index of 20 major developing-nation exchange rates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1595560/emerging-market-exchange-rates-slump
  9. Business - Economy - BRITAIN

    Drop in jobless rate points to rebound in Britain

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in London Drop in jobless rate points to UK revival British unemployment fell to the lowest in six years, indicating continued strength in the labour market that Bank of England governor Mark Carney says will eventually boost earnings. The jobless rate based on International Labour Organisation methods dropped to 6.2 per cent in the three months to July from 6.4 per cent, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1595010/drop-jobless-rate-points-rebound-britain
  10. Business - Banking & Finance

    Investors brace for US Fed verdict on interest rates

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 11:08am by Reuters

    ... that a roller-coaster debate over a new tool for controlling interest rates is nearing its resolution. Investors worldwide are watching the US central bank’s policy meeting that ends on Wednesday for hints ... become the main lever for steering interest rates and play a central role in a new monetary policy framework. However, after a long debate over the merits and potential risks of the new tool ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1594472/investors-brace-us-fed-verdict-interest-rates

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