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  1. How should investors approach investing in bonds in the context of rising interest rates, rising inflation and the euro-zone crisis?

    Posted Jun 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... bonds (bonds issued in the currencies of US dollars, euros and yen) is 'bleak', in the context of soft economies, rising inflation and rising interest rates. For developed markets, ... portfolios based on shorter-dated securities that 'are less sensitive to interest rate increases and can benefit from local currency appreciation'. 'We still expect equity ...

  2. Fed cuts seen sending prime rate tumbling towards 5.5pc

    Posted Jan 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan The US Federal Reserve may cut rates by as much as 125 basis points this year if the credit market remains tight, say analysts, who believe that could in turn bring Hong Kong's prime lending rates down to as low as 5.5 per cent. A report by Citi said Hong Kong banks were expected to cut their prime rates and mortgage rates by at least 75 basis points in the first ...

  3. Fitch cuts HK growth forecast to 4.4pc on subprime, oil concerns

    Posted Feb 21st 2008, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Fitch Ratings yesterday cut its estimate of Hong Kong's economic growth this year to 4.4 per cent from 5.3 per cent due to a host of factors ranging from the subprime mortgage crisis to high oil prices. In a rare revision of its economic forecast so early in the year, the credit rating agency said Hong Kong, as an international market, would be hit by the US ...

  4. Low rates may spur buying

    Posted Feb 27th 2008, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Louis Beckerling Last year's big price jump, external factors weigh on market The Hong Kong dollar is losing its buying power at a rate of 3.8 per cent a year as a result ... (compared with an inflation rate of 3.8 per cent), and in many districts is now below the cost of renting. 'While this does not immediately trigger a mass exodus from bank deposits ...

  5. More rate rises next year, warn bankers

    Posted Sep 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan, Kelvin Wong and Ernest Kong Hang Seng Bank chief expects prime to reach 7.5 per cent at some point Bankers yesterday warned that the interest-rate rise cycle would continue well into next year with increases totalling at least 0.5 per cent in coming months. Yesterday, five banks in Hong Kong lifted prime lending rates and savings deposit rates by 0.25 per cent, ...

  6. It shines, but for how long?

    Posted Aug 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Vines moneypost@scmp.com This has been a tough period for gold sceptics. The price of gold has risen again to new heights- yet this does not obscure the dismal long-term performance of gold as an investment. The flight to gold happens because it i ...

  7. Stocks tumble on doubts over rate-cut effects

    Posted Jan 31st 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Nick Westra The Hang Seng Index tumbled yesterday as investors feared a widely expected interest-rate cut from the United States Federal Reserve would not be enough to put a lid ... tumbling. The blue-chip index closed with a loss of 638.11 points or 2.63 per cent at 23,653.69. Investors were betting the Fed would cut rates by 0.5 percentage point after reducing its benchmark ...

  8. HK interbank rates remain steady

    Posted Sep 26th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan Hong Kong interbank rates remained firm yesterday as upcoming initial public offerings pushed fund demand. 'I think interbank rates will continue to stand at the current high level at least until the end of this month,' said Dennis Wong Wai-hung, a senior manager at Hang Seng Bank. Overnight rates ended at 4.25 per cent, while one-week and one-month ...

  9. Investors' interests rarely rate in IPO league tables

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... with Shirley Yam The end of the year is a time for scorecards. Investment bankers are busily comparing league tables, for pride and money. I am going to do one, too- not for the bankers but the investors. I tried to figure out how the year's initial ...

  10. Global home prices expected to decline

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Paggie Leung paggie.leung@scmp.com Global residential property prices, including luxury home prices in Hong Kong, are likely to fall this year, international property consultancy Knight Frank said. The firm's Global House Price Index, which tracks ho ...




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