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  1. Barren rock's fertile economy has no need of Donald's baby-booster

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp I UNDERSTAND CHIEF Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's concerns about population trends. Hong Kong now has the world's lowest fertility rate and, as the chart shows, natural increase (births over deaths) now adds only about 10,000 people a year to our population. This is very low. I also think it very much the government's job to take account ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/490082/barren-rocks-fertile-economy-has-no-need-donalds-baby-booster
  2. Fertile captive pandas deliver in record-breaking year

    Posted Dec 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of successful births has risen steadily since scientists first started, back in the 1960s. The survival rate reached 100 per cent in Sichuan consecutively from 2000 to 2005. Scientists here ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/527344
  3. Fertile grounds for predicting growth

    Posted Mar 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... versus coastal ports is a good way of measuring domestic demand- and he notes that inland traffic has been growing at a much faster rate since 2005. For a global picture, the Baltic Dry Index ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/585652/fertile-grounds-predicting-growth
  4. Fertile grounds for predicting growth

    Posted Mar 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that inland traffic has been growing at a much faster rate since 2005. For a global picture, the Baltic Dry Index is also worth a glance. The London-based index provides a daily measure of how much ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/585508/fertile-grounds-predicting-growth
  5. Business - Money - EQUITIES

    Guessing game on Fed upping rates to stoke market volatility

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 01:11am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in New York and London Guessing game over whenFed will increase US borrowing costs prompts investors to place bearish contracts on banks, brokerages and insurers Rate concern fuels bets on financial plays The guessing game over when the United States Federal Reserve will raise interest rates is underpinning bets for more volatility across shares of banks, brokerages ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1572389/guessing-game-fed-upping-rates-stoke-market
  6. Business - Comment - THE VIEW

    Why divorce and remarriage rates matter for housing demand in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 01:02am by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong HK's high rate of marriage break-up leaves forecasters of housing demand stumbling in the dark, especially with reliance on a flawed 'sharing' ratio Divorced ... not worsened! Unfortunately, the "degree of sharing" has ceased to be a good indicator of a housing shortage for two reasons. First, from the 1990s, the divorce rate in Hong Kong began ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1572403/why-divorce-and-remarriage-rates-matter-housing-demand-hong-kong
  7. Business - Economy

    Economists fear low birth rates in developed world will choke growth

    Posted May 12th 2014, 10:31pm by AP

    ... 1.7 children in their lifetimes. Demographers say the fertility rate needs to reach 2.1 just to replace deaths and keep populations constant. The effects on economies, personal wealth ... Associated Press in New York Birth rates have been down in the developed world since the crippling 2008 financial crisis, further putting the brakes on global growth Economists see future ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1510742/economists-fear-low-birth-rates-developed-world-will-choke-growth
  8. News - World - IRAN

    Iran bans vasectomies in effort to boost birth rate

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 01:07am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Dubai Vasectomies banned in effort to boost birth rate Iran's parliament has voted to ban permanent forms of contraception, the state news agency IRNA reported, endorsing ... diagnosed with certain defects. Iran's birth rate stood at 1.6 children per woman, lawmaker Ali Motahari said, according to IRNA. At that rate, the population of more than 75 million would fall ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1571685/iran-bans-vasectomies-effort-boost-birth-rate
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    HSBC and StanChart pin growth hopes on rate rises

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:56am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com HSBC and StanChart pin growth hopes on rate rises Sit tight, investors. That seems to be the message from Standard Chartered and HSBC Holdings after ... rates in the United States and Britain. The banks' cyclical rate distress has not been over-exaggerated and an uptick, even a small, gradual one, would greatly improve operating conditions. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1570896/hsbc-and-stanchart-pin-growth-hopes-rate-rises
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Japanese regulators scrutinise risk to banks of future interest rate rise

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:56am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Authorities scrutinise risk of rate rise in Japan Japanese financial authorities are joining forces to scrutinise for the first time banks' exposure to a potential spike in interest rates, with a focus on the risks to regional lenders when the central bank eventually ends its massive easing. Japan's 105 regional lenders hold 40.8 trillion yen (HK$3.09 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1570898/japanese-regulators-scrutinise-risk-banks-future-interest

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