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  1. Fertile grounds for predicting growth

    Posted Mar 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that inland traffic has been growing at a much faster rate since 2005. For a global picture, the Baltic Dry Index is also worth a glance. The London-based index provides a daily measure of how much ...

  2. Singapore and babynomics

    Posted Jun 19th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... duty to procreate, the Singapore dollar will crash in the foreign exchange market. The paper's authors were not talking about ordinary, everyday market exchange rates. They were examining the effect of falling fertility on something called the real effective exchange rate, an altogether slippier concept. The first thing to understand about a country's real effective exchange rate ...

  3. In Brief

    Posted Dec 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... assistants, as their hourly rates were low. Median age has increased by 13 years since 1981 The median age rose from 26.3 in 1981 to 39.6 last year due to declining fertility and people living longer, the Census and Statistics Department said. The total fertility rate over the past 25 years fell by nearly half, from 1,933 live births per 1,000 women in 1981 to 984 last year. Life expectancy ...

  4. Fed rates pledge spurs PBOC to boost yuan rate against dollar

    Posted Aug 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... vow to keep interest rates at a record low. The People's Bank of China yesterday set its reference rate 0.27 per cent stronger at 6.3991 yuan per dollar, the biggest rise since November last year. The yuan is allowed to trade up to 0.5 per cent on either side of the official rate. The yuan's appreciation came amid weakening prospects for the greenback on speculation ...

  5. Low rates will not lift dull market

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Paggie Leung paggie.leung@scmp.com The prospect of US interest rates being kept near zero until late-2014 may keep a lid on any rises in Hong Kong home loan rates, but will not be a magic wand for the sluggish local property market, say analysts. 'Although a low interest rate environment in the US means that mortgage rates will not go up a lot, this is not the most ...

  6. Import growth rate slowest in two years

    Posted Jan 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Denise Tsang denise.tsang@scmp.com China's imports grew at the slowest pace in more than two years last month, ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to shore up domestic demand and protect the economy from a potential recession in the euro zone. The valu ...

  7. IMF director backs rate reforms to ensure asset quality at China's banks

    Posted Dec 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com China should widen the reform of its financial sector by liberalising controls on bank interest rates as a way to ensure the quality of domestic lenders' assets, an International Monetary Fund director suggested. 'The move towards a more market determined interest rate mechanism is important,' said Jose Vinals, the director ...

  8. Rising costs to hit China's FDI rate

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... whether that meant the pace of yuan appreciation would slow. He attacked the United States for blaming China's trade surplus on a low exchange rate, which is 'a lie that has become truth ... rate was not the main factor behind the trade imbalance. The yuan's nominal appreciation against the dollar since the beginning of last year is 7.6 per cent. Yuan appreciation is one ...

  9. CCB hits first-home buyers with rate rise

    Posted Oct 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com The Beijing branch of China Construction Bank reportedly raised mortgage rates for first-home buyers, with more lenders expected to follow. The bank was charging at least 1.05 times the benchmark rate for individual home loans, becoming the first bank to charge mortgage rates higher than the benchmark, the Beijing Times reported yesterday. A branch ...

  10. Rise in rates sends prices, sales tumbling

    Posted Sep 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Peggy Sito and Sandy Li A spate of bad news on the home front, including another rise in interest rates, has sent Hong Kong home prices and deal numbers tumbling. The latest blow to market confidence came on Friday when the city's two biggest home lenders, HSBC and Bank of China (Hong Kong), raised their mortgage interest rates. Despite price discounting in the secondary market ...




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