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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 ...

  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 ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - MONETARY POLICY

    China seen staying away from interest rate cuts, stay on reform wagon

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 01:35pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Central bank faces growing pressure on easing as economic slowdown fuels debate over reform and monetary policy PBOC expected to stand pat on rates The People's Bank of China is likely to hold its line against an interest rate cut even as growth slows to a 25-year trough, as the politics of reform influence the conduct of monetary policy, government ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The everyday challenges of China's ageing population demand attention

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 04:06am by LIJIA ZHANG

    ... to a sharp increase in the average life span and a dramatic drop in the fertility rate. Traditionally, Chinese parents relied on their children for old-age care. My beloved grandmother, a courtesan ...

  5. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    Falling US mortgage rates spark rush to refinance

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:16am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Boston Mortgage costs follow slide in treasury yields in wake of weak overseas economic data, giving homeowners opportunity to lower payments Falling rates spark rush to refinance The drop in mortgage rates below 4 per cent has cut into Debra Shultz's sleep. The New York City banker is busier than she has been in months, working with three dozen homeowners ...

  6. Property - International - SOUTH KOREA

    Low interest rates prompt switch from deposit-based rentals in South Korea

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:16am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul Traditional leasing system going out of fashion as landlords seek higher returns, shifting more money into circulation and helping to lift economy Low rates prompt switch from deposit-based rentals For a country trying to avoid the menace of deflation, South Korea is receiving timely help from unusual quarters- landlords and their tenants. Interest rates ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance

    Drop in swaps points to rate cut

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:05am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Taipei Drop in swaps points to rate cut The cost of locking in borrowing costs on the mainland is poised to drop below the savings benchmark for the first time since 2012 as speculation mounts that interest rates will be cut. The one-year swap, a fixed payment to receive the floating seven-day repurchase rate, fell as much as 2.18 percentage points to 3.04 per cent last ...

  10. News - China - POPULATION

    One-child policy helped nation, leaders say, but others point to families' suffering

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 04:07am by Reuters

    ... of a plan to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden on a rapidly ageing population. Experts also say the mainland urgently needs a baby boom to help replenish its workforce. ...




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