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  1. Fertile times for black market finance

    Posted Oct 26th 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... with the returns offered by banks. The annual rate of growth in individual deposits in the banks has been falling every month this year, from 20.5 per cent in January to 15.3 per cent in August, ... lent 12 billion yuan less in the first seven months than in the same period last year. As a result, interest rates on the black market have doubled from the levels of last year, to 20 to 25 per ...

  2. Employers urged to value older staff

    Posted Jun 10th 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... 'It's about changing people's behaviour as a result of economic demand,' Dr Bombaci said. He stressed that Hong Kong's fertility rate of less than one child per couple was likely to persist over the next few decades, with no short-term solution in sight. According to government data, Hong Kong's fertility rate fell to 0.93 children per couple in 2004, handing the city ...

  3. Old age threatens China's new ascent

    Posted Mar 29th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... that will weigh very heavily on China,' he said. It was not a message they wanted to hear. China's fertility rate has plummeted from an average 5.8 births per woman in 1970 to just 1.7 today. ... population is aged 60 or above. Assuming a constant fertility rate, by 2035 the country will be older on average than the United States, with more than 25 per cent of its people aged above 60 (see ...

  4. Fertile 'silicon valley' leads modernisation

    Posted Aug 31st 2007, 12:00am by Nick Walker

    ... to invest and often move to this fertile 'silicon valley'. Nationwide, the most conspicuous sign of a society that is modernising at breathtaking speed is the ubiquity of the MyKad, ...

  5. Bond deals prove fertile for CK Life

    Posted Aug 06th 2004, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li Biotechnology venture, CK Life Sciences International (Holdings), has found it easier to profit from investing in bonds and notes than selling fertilisers, its principal business. The Growth Enterprise Market firm yesterday reported that interim ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. HK's rich hesitate to have babies

    Posted Apr 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... fertility rate is the third-lowest in the world- only Macau and Singapore rank lower. The low birth rate has raised fears of a looming labour shortage. A government manpower study concluded ... Kong's population was growing despite the low fertility rate, thanks to immigration. He said relying on policy measures to increase the birth rate usually had limited success. ...

  9. Fertiliser firm sees strong growth

    Posted Oct 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sophie Yu sophie.yu@scmp.com China XLX Fertiliser's net profit grew more than threefold in the third quarter to 102.9 million yuan (HK$125.5 million) while revenue rose a year-on-year 41 per cent to 1.09 billion yuan, in a strong performance fuelled ...

  10. 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 ...




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