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  1. News - Hong Kong - AGEING POPULATION

    Hong Kong faces same tough tax choices as Singapore, academic says

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... more in kindergartens and old people's homes. It will also consult the public on measures to increase its fertility rate of 1.2 (which means the average woman bears 1.2 children, far short of the rate of 2.1 deemed necessary to maintain developed countries' populations). Hong Kong's fertility rate was similar last year. Ideas being considered include flexible work ...

  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. Banks push up deposit rates after rate cut

    Posted Jun 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing, Anita Lam and George Chen Big mainland banks yesterday responded to an official cut in lending rates by raising deposit rates, underscoring intensifying competition as the central bank edges towards interest rate deregulation. In the first rate cut since 2008, the People's Bank of China on Thursday cut the benchmark one-year lending and deposit rates by 25 ...

  4. News - World - BRITAIN

    Labour blasts George Osborne over Britain's loss of AAA credit rating

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Labour blasts Osborne on rating cut Britain's opposition yesterday tore into the government over what it called its failed economic policies, after Moody's stripped the country of its coveted triple-A debt rating. However, while analysts called the loss an embarrassment for Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and his handling ...

  5. Fixed-rate deals offered to ease rate-rise fears

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sandy Li Midland Holdings and its mortgage broker associate mReferral Mortgage Brokerage Services have lined up banks to offer clients a fixed mortgage rate plan of as low as 2.3 per cent, as fears of interest rate rises dent buying interest in the secondary market. It comes after transaction volumes over the four-day Easter break recorded a year-on-year 44 per cent fall to 110 units ...

  6. Letters

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

    ... rate The decision by HSBC to offer some paternity leave to employees, is both timely and relevant, given that Hong Kong has the lowest fertility rate in the world. Our total fertility rate ... from Taiwan. According to our preliminary estimate, if the government designates no less than 17 per cent of public expenditure for medical services, a personal contribution rate of 0.3 per ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Mainland ratings pioneer Mao Zhenhua reaches out to world

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan victoria.ruan@scmp.com Mao Zhenhua led way 20 years ago and thriving bond market sees him reaching out to the world Ratings pioneer deserves credit Ratings pioneer reaches out to world When Mao Zhenhua founded China's first credit ratings agency 20 years ago his dream was to build it into a mainland Moody's. Now, the chairman of China Chengxin Credit ...

  8. Mainland agency aims to boost its global rating

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Anita Lam anita.lam@scmp.com A mainland credit ratings agency wants to break into the global market by rating yuan-denominated bond issuers in Hong Kong. China Chengxin (Asia Pacific) Credit Ratings Company is seeking to break the stranglehold of Moody's, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's, which together claim 90 per cent of the global credit ratings business. ...

  9. Lender predicts stimulus, rate cut by end of year

    Posted Jul 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Anita Lam anita.lam@scmp.com HSBC expects Beijing to launch a more vigorous fiscal stimulus in the second half of the year, coupled with another interest rate cut and four more cuts ... has only crystallised in the last few weeks.' With export growth continuing to drop off over the past 18 months and the employment rate falling for the first time in more than three years ...

  10. Smaller banks join rush to higher deposit rates

    Posted Jun 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com Second-tier banks followed major lenders in offering higher deposit rates than the benchmark, boosting competition in the finance sector after a recent move towards interest rate deregulation. China Minsheng Banking Corp, China Merchants Bank and China Citic Bank were among other joint-stock lenders that raised deposit rates ...




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