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  1. Fertile grounds for predicting growth

    Posted Mar 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... versus coastal ports is a good way of measuring domestic demand- and he notes that inland traffic has been growing at a much faster rate since 2005. For a global picture, the Baltic Dry Index ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Rate cut bolsters market sentiment at new projects

    Posted Jun 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Mainland property sales showed signs of recovery at the weekend in the wake of a cut in interest rates- but analysts believe a meaningful rebound now greatly depends on the performance of the economy. The People's Bank of China announced a 25-basis-point cut to rates on loans and deposits effective from last Friday. The change took the benchmark ...

  4. Bank rates cut for first time in four years

    Posted Jun 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Denise Tsang, Lulu Chen and Anita Lam China cut interest rates for the first time since 2008 yesterday in a surprise move that underscores Beijing's concerns about a hard landing for the world's second-biggest economy. Also, in an unprecedented move, Beijing decided to allow banks more flexibility to set their rates, in what economists say is a key step towards sweeping financial ...

  5. Beijing's level of debt casts doubt on credit rating

    Posted May 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the lending binge after the global financial crisis starts to put pressure on government loan books. Andrew Colquhoun (pictured), head of Asia-Pacific sovereigns for Fitch Ratings, said from ... long-term foreign currency with a stable outlook, and a 'AA-' on the long-term local currency outlook, with a negative outlook, even though its sovereign credit rating looks strong ...

  6. The real prize of a wage rise is lower jobless rate

    Posted May 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... it beautifully. There is an exact inverse correlation between the unemployment rate and wage increases. When one goes up, the other goes down, and vice versa. We enjoy a very low unemployment rate at the moment. In fact, given the social security now available to people who are repelled by the menial jobs they are offered at the low end of the job market, our 3.4 per cent unemployment rate ...

  7. Appreciation in yuan exchange rate ruled out

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com The mainland's central bank will not be drawn into allowing rapid appreciation in the exchange rate of the yuan in order to stem the capital outflows ... exchange rate to rise in order to revive capital inflows, the sources say, because there are already signs that inflows turned positive last month after a 'temporary' exodus of capital. ...

  8. US Fed's low-rate pledge is a double-edged prospect for HK

    Posted Aug 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland In the short term the US Federal Reserve's promise on Tuesday to keep interest rates at 'exceptionally low levels... at least through mid-2013' provided ... beyond pumping up commodity price inflation, the Fed is trying to boost sentiment by promising not to raise interest rates for at least another two years. US policymakers are not the only ones ...

  9. Rate rise warning spooks investors unnecessarily

    Posted May 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Albert Cheng The US Federal Reserve last week announced it will leave key interest rates unchanged and the second quarter of quantitative easing will continue as planned until it expires ... follow. But, he indicated that as the recovery had slowed and unemployment rates remained high- against a backdrop of rising oil prices and mortgage default rates- there was a need to maintain ...

  10. The fool's game: US, China misfire on rights and reserves

    Posted May 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... were suppressed by edict, of course, but note that short-term yuan interbank rates now stand at well over 5 per cent. There you have the real cost of yuan funding even if the People's Bank ... the official US dollar figure to yuan at prevailing exchange rates. What has happened here, of course, is that the steady strengthening of the yuan against the US dollar has eaten away at the yuan ...




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