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  1. Business - Economy

    China's consumer prices rise at steady rate of 2.5pc year on year in January

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 10:20am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Consumer price index rises 2.5pc year on year, leaving room for interest rate reform Mainland inflation steady in January ... underlying demand, gives the top leadership room to deepen the reform of the financial system and pricing of energy and resources. Beijing has pledged to further deregulate the interest rate ...

  2. Business - Economy - US FEDERAL RESERVE

    Perceived shift in US Fed's monetary policy causes uncertainty

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 09:30am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... economic forecasts- which anticipate no change in its outlook for inflation and only a minor downward revision to its estimate for the unemployment rate- and the fairly significant one in its interest rate projections? Second, was there more to last week's off-the-cuff remark from Janet Yellen, the new Fed chairman, that there is likely to be a six-month interval between the end ...

  3. Business - Economy

    Pursuit of unconventional monetary policy may be in the market's hands

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 11:42am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... communicating that interest rates will remain low for longer than is priced into markets- into sharp relief. Central banks may be afraid of tightening monetary policy for fear of spooking markets ... in the capital markets because of expectations that central banks will signal interest rate rises way in advance, but central banks themselves may be afraid of tightening monetary policy for fear ...

  4. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Bank of Japan keeps rates on hold, says economy starting to recover

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 11:40am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo BOJ keeps rates on hold, says recovery has begun An economic recovery is under way, the Bank of Japan said yesterday as it kept monetary policy steady, with its most optimistic view in two and a half years reflecting the positive impact on economic activity of a weakening yen and its massive monetary stimulus. The central bank made no major changes to its ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance

    ECB holds rate steady as expected

    Posted Jul 04th 2013, 12:53pm by AFP

    ... on Thursday held its key rates unchanged, as widely expected, at its regular monthly policy meeting. The ECB’s governing council voted to keep the bank’s key “refi” refinancing rate steady at an all-time low of 0.50 per cent, it said in a statement. The central bank also left its other two rates – the deposit rate and the marginal lending rate – at zero per cent and 1.0 per cent ...

  6. Business - Economy

    Indonesia surprises with 25bp benchmark rate hike

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 03:29pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Jakarta Indonesia’s central bank surprised the market for a second time this week by raising its benchmark interest rate, which had been unchanged for 15 months, by 25 basis points to 6.0 per cent on Thursday. The decision follows Bank Indonesia’s unexpected hike late Tuesday night of its overnight deposit facility rate (FASBI) by 25 basis points to 4.25 per cent ...

  7. Business - Economy

    South Korea keeps rate, seen on hold this year

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 10:14am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul The Bank of Korea held interest rates steady on Thursday, possibly matching the analysts’ consensus view that the cut in May was the last one for the year because South Korea is on a track to recovery. The Bank of Korea’s monetary policy committee left its base rate unchanged at 2.50 per cent, a media official said without elaborating. Seoul markets were little ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - CHINA

    Beijing prepares rates reform to ease yuan curbs

    Posted May 23rd 2013, 11:58am by JANE CAI

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com Central government plan to deregulate interest rates and changes in rules on forex transactions signal fresh push towards full convertibility Beijing prepares rates reform to ease yuan curbs Beijing may be preparing a fresh push to deregulate interest rates, giving new impetus to plans to gradually unshackle the tightly controlled yuan. ...

  9. Business - Economy

    Rates head for more cuts

    Posted May 11th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in London Central banks across the world are expected to further relax monetary policy as economic growth remains weak and inflation slows Rates head for more cuts Global central bankers are poised to ease monetary policy even further after a wave of interest-rate cuts from India to Poland. As Group of Seven finance chiefs gathered in Britain yesterday, economists ...

  10. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    China's mild inflation rise leaves door open for rate cut

    Posted May 09th 2013, 11:22am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com As consumer price index rises 2.4 per cent in year to April, experts say central bank could ease policy to reduce rate differentials Mainland inflation up but rate cut possible Chinese inflation rose in April from March but remained relatively low, leaving room for the central bank to cut rates to stem capital inflows and spur ...




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