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  1. Jobless rate drops for first time since the meltdown

    Posted Oct 20th 2009, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung The unemployment rate has declined for the first time since the global financial crisis hit Hong Kong last autumn, but economists do not expect the trend to continue. It fell to 5.3 per cent for the months of July, August and September, 0.1 of a percentage point less than the rate in June, July and August, the Census and Statistics Department said. 'As business ...

  2. Business - Money - EQUITY MARKETS

    Japanese stocks tumble as Abenomics loses its lustre and investors take fright

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by Jeanny Yu

    ... cent to 1.14 times from 1.3 times at present. "We have a weakening Chinese economy, rising US bond yields and property firms [susceptible] to rising interest rate risks here. Hong Kong ... Jiming Ha, chief China investment strategist at Goldman Sachs, said economic growth on the mainland would slow gradually to 4.5 per cent in 2020, with an average growth rate over the next seven ...

  3. Bank rating cuts trigger sell-off in HK blue chips

    Posted Jun 19th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Nick Westra The Hong Kong share market fell for a fourth session yesterday, its longest slide in more than three months, as a wave of credit rating downgrades on United States banks ... on the blue chips.' Investors were more worried about the weakness of a possible recovery in the US economy yesterday after Standard & Poor's said it was reducing ratings and outlooks ...

  4. Rate relief spurs stock rally and yuan record

    Posted Dec 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... latest interest-rate increase, pushing stock markets higher as they took heart the rise was not as harsh as some economists expected. While the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower after the People's Bank of China announced the year's sixth interest-rate rise on Thursday, the gloomy mood did not last, with the benchmark closing 1.15 per cent higher at 5,101.779 points. The yuan ...

  5. Mainland shares dumped despite interest-rate cut

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that worsening corporate earnings could not support stock prices despite the central bank's interest-rate cut on Monday. The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 90.53 points or 4.55 per cent to 1,897.225, the lowest close since December 2. 'The interest rate cut was in line with market expectations,' said Shenyin Wanguo Securities analyst Qian Qimin. 'The sharp drop resulted ...

  6. BOCHK and ICBC (Asia) increase mortgage rates by 25 basis points

    Posted Jun 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan Bank of China (Hong Kong), the city's largest mortgage lender, and ICBC (Asia), the local unit of the mainland's largest bank, will increase mortgage rates for new homebuyers by 25 basis points from Monday. The move came after Hang Seng Bank raised mortgage interest rates for some of its customers early this week, and DBS Bank (Hong Kong) and China Construction ...

  7. Business - Money

    Investors bullish about US, Japan markets: Bloomberg poll

    Posted May 17th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... said the US will be among the markets offering the best returns over the next year, a 15-point jump from the last poll in January and the highest rating for any country since the survey began ...

  8. Business - Money - STOCK MARKETS

    Markets fall as Chinese production weakens

    Posted May 24th 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... from 50.4 in April. Output still climbed, but at a slower rate, while new export orders dropped. Employment also worsened, the survey conducted by HSBC and UK-based data provider, Markit, ...

  9. Cut in US interest rates to bring markets relief

    Posted Jan 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... funds rate, after plummeting in line with global markets on jitters over a possible downturn. Both the local and mainland markets suffered losses in the high single digits yesterday. The Hang ... to 4,559.751. Late last night, market participants welcomed as 'good news' the United States central bank's decision to reduce its key rate by 75 basis points. 'We expect the market ...

  10. Hang Seng Bank cuts rebates but keeps mortgage rates steady

    Posted Nov 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the bank's head of secured lending, said the bank kept its mortgage rate unchanged and that good customers could still get a mortgage loan as low as 2.9 per cent below prime or 4.35 per cent in real terms. Most of Hong Kong's lenders raised their mortgage rates after the prime rate was cut in September. 'We want to have a flexibility which will help us attract good customers amid ...




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