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  1. Business - Money - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

    Understanding internal rate of return

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 12:00am by Robert Jones

    ... Robert Jones moneypost@scmp.com Project finance meets pensions Internal rate of return, or IRR, is one of those concepts bank staff wheel out when they are selling investments, ... of a bank loan used to pay for the project plus a profit margin. This minimum threshold for performance is the internal rate of return, or the multipurpose IRR. If a project's returns beat ...

  2. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    The Week Explained: Low interest rates

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines moneypost@scmp.com A meditation on inflation negation We are stuck in a low interest rate environment likely to remain at this level for some time, not least because governments are competing aggressively to keep rates down to avoid an appreciation in the value of their currencies. This is good news for borrowers, assuming they can obtain loans in this tough ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Business - Money - PENSION FUNDS

    World's richest man offers slim pickings for retired

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Ben Bain and Jonathan Levin Many happy returns for the boss, but slim pickings for Mexican pensioners The world's richest man is proving better at generating wealth for himself than the 1.1 million Mexican pensioners investing with him. While Carlos ...

  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Should investors buy property, property stocks or both?

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHUNG

    ... Stephen Chung property.post@scmp.com Many investors are unsure whether to put their money into a physical property or sector stocks, but returns depend on when you buy What to buy: property, reits or both? Broadly speaking there are two ways to invest and ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Higher deposit rates for Shanghai gold contracts

    Posted Aug 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com The Shanghai Gold Exchange will raise the margin requirements for three gold forward contracts to curb speculation in the precious metal following wild price gains on global markets. Margin requirements- the initial ...

  9. Business - Money - BONDS

    Year of the bonds

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:00am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... of share market volatility in the context of a weak global economy, and keen to get a little bit of yield an environment of near-zero deposit rates, are buying bonds. In particular, they are buying ... Pimco,  has been very public about the spectre of interest-rate risk. He notes that interest rates will eventually rise. When they do, the event will knock back bond prices, even for the most ...

  10. Business - Money - INVESTING

    Quantitative easing and macro factors keys to investment success

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:00am by Satyajit Das

    ... markets. Most particularly, the global regime of zero interest rates, often delivered on the back of quantitative easing, colours most markets and affects the valuation and performance of all ... thereby releasing cash. Reduction in depreciation charges and the ability to use cash flow to cut debt lowers interest costs, as do sharp decreases in interest rates. Cost cutting, productivity ...




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