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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Widening the yuan's trading band won't solve anything

    Posted May 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland By fixing the rate higher each day, the authorities have encouraged more inflows, forcing them to intervene to buy even more foreign currency Widening the yuan's trading ... moved. And if officials are now having second thoughts, they have good reason. Foreign exchange analysts say a broadening of the yuan's trading band would allow more exchange rate ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Big rally in Asian currencies signals 'sell'

    Posted May 09th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Singapore Analysts say exchange rates are looking divorced from weakening economies Big rally in Asian currencies signals 'sell' The biggest rally in Asian ... as the world's biggest central banks begin a new round of efforts to keep interest rates at record lows, is colliding with slowing Asian export and manufacturing growth. According to an index drawn up ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - CURRENCY

    Scottish independence gets boost from Hong Kong's money markets

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 12:00am by John Carney, Niall Fraser

    ... John Carney and Niall Fraser Exchange booths rate Scottish pound higher than English notes, cheering independence backers amid fight with London on currency Scots find support in HK cash ... boost to the Scottish independence movement by offering a separate - and more favourable - rate for Scottish pound notes. Last week, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne warned ...

  5. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Why plunging yen is bad news for Japan Inc's health

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

    ... the yen. The problem is that other than the occasional blockbuster movie, the firm no longer makes things that consumers want. German exporters don't bellyache about exchange rates ...

  6. Despite high hopes, yuan will remain a second-rate currency

    Posted Mar 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... of receiving interest rates on their bank deposits lower than the rate of inflation, would have a strong incentive to invest their cash abroad in the hope of earning better returns. As a result, ... if accompanied by far-reaching domestic financial reforms, especially interest rate liberalisation. And that's what the reformers really want. They believe that to maintain rapid growth rates over ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    China's yuan outs yen as Asia's currency of choice

    Posted Dec 29th 2012, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... diminishes concern that stronger exchange rates may dampen their export advantages. South Korea's won has climbed a record 20 per cent against the yen this year while Taiwan's dollar rose ... because of the rise of China." South Korea's new government will not see the need for intervention because the exchange rate is more influenced by external economic trends rather than ...

  8. Warning over sky-high interest rates for dual currency credit cards

    Posted Oct 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lo Wei The consumer watchdog is warning of a huge disparity in the interest charged for dual currency credit cards, rates for which can rise above 40 per cent a year for users who fail ... in Hong Kong and on the mainland are listed in separate accounts on the same statement, to be settled in the respective currencies. For retail purchases, the annualised percentage rate- the amount ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Vying for a spot in the new monetary order

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by MAGNOLI BOCCHI

    ... Magnoli Bocchi Alessandro Magnoli Bocchi says the exchange-rate volatility of recent years underlines the need for a more diverse global monetary system Swing state The international monetary system needs some serious rethinking. On paper, it has to guarantee the orderly functioning of exchange-rate regimes and transnational financial flows. Over the past few years, however, ...

  10. Business - Comment

    Yes, the HK$ peg is to blame, but the alternatives are worse

    Posted Oct 18th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... count of the original article. In a nutshell, our reader argues that increasing the supply of housing will do nothing to bring down prices. With mortgage rates as low as 2 to 3 per cent, ... to import US interest rates, whether the local economy is in step with the US business cycle or not. Right now that means Hong Kong is replicating the Federal Reserve's ultra-low interest ...




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