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  1. Business - Banking & Finance

    ECB holds interest rates at record low

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:41am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Frankfurt ECB holds interest rates at record low The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged at record lows yesterday, holding fire while it assesses the impact of a barrage of measures launched last month to pep up the flagging euro-zone economy. The ECB held its main refinancing rate at 0.15 per cent and its deposit rate at minus 0.1 per cent, effectively ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1546119/ecb-holds-interest-rates-record-low
  2. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    British Virgin Islands declare sanctuary for sharks

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 10:03pm by AP

    ... exclusive economic zone. Shark fishing has grown rapidly in recent decades, driven by rising demand, mainly in China, for shark fin soup. Because of their long life spans and low fertility rates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1519043/british-virgin-islands-declare-sanctuary-sharks
  3. Business - Economy - LOGISTICS

    Logistics, crucial to commerce, are ripe for reform

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 10:45am by PATRICK LOW

    ... Patrick Low Competitive trade needs seamless organisation, though regional governments still have a long way to go to simplify administrative procedures Logistics, vital for commerce, is a sector ripe for reform Logistics is a fertile field for reform that would benefit the trading economies in Asia-Pacific. Without it, there is no commerce, national or international. Logistics ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1557429/logistics-crucial-commerce-are-ripe-reform
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - MONETARY POLICY

    ECB stimulus comes with hidden message on interest rates

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Bloomberg

    ... with rates message Mario Draghi's latest stimulus tool contains a hidden message: if you think interest rates will rise before 2018, take the money now. The European Central Bank president has ... will keep policy loose for longer than the US Federal Reserve and Bank of England, the link between the size of stimulus now and the prospect of higher rates later is a reminder that cheap money ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1543894/ecb-stimulus-comes-hidden-message-interest-rates
  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rise in interest rates is something to welcome, not worry about

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... rise in interest rates, welcome it Homeowners do not have to worry about a sudden surge in interest rates, which would further hit an already ailing property market after the United States ... Business, June 30   I am sure Professor Chan is right. All this talk of tapering by the Fed is just that, talk. The United States is so addicted now to ultra-low interest rates that going into rehab ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1543904/rise-interest-rates-something-welcome-not-worry-about
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Currency traders looking to profit from price swings

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:50am by BLOOM

    ... are detecting the first signs of what they have been waiting for all year: a revival in volatility that may help trim their losses. Tensions in Ukraine and Gaza, together with interest-rate increases ... unprecedented amounts of cheap cash to spur growth. While rising volatility increases uncertainty and risk, it also creates opportunities for traders to profit on changes in exchange rates. Parker ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1561372/currency-traders-looking-profit-price-swings
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Lloyds fined £218m by US and UK regulators over Libor manipulation

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:26am by BLOOM

    ... fined £218 m for benchmark rate fixing Lloyds Banking Group, bailed out by British taxpayers during the financial crisis, will pay £218 million (HK$2.86 billion) in fines to British and United States regulators after manipulating benchmark interest rates. The lender will pay US$105 million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC), US$86 million to the Department of Justice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1561410/lloyds-fined-ps218m-us-and-uk-regulators-over-libor
  8. Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... They are certainly right that China's fertility rate is low. In the late 1960s, the average woman could expect to bear six children over the course of her lifetime. By 2010, that number had plunged ... of Beijing's draconian family planning laws. What's more, in the 10 years following the policy's introduction, the fertility rate barely changed. As a result, it is clear that those who blame ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1006665/scrapping-one-child-policy-wont-boost-chinas-birth-rate
  9. Business - Economy

    World Bank warns Asia to be alert against risks from US rate rises

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 01:09am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Benjamin Robertson and Bloomberg benjamin.robertson@scmp.com While conditions support short-term growth, agency warns against complacency with risk of reversed capital flows after US rates ... as capital flows could reverse quickly once United States interest rates rise, World Bank economists said in a global outlook report. Since March, long-term interest rates and market volatility ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1542084/world-bank-warns-asia-be-alert-against-risks-us-rate-rises
  10. Business - Banking & Finance

    Australian regulators hold fire despite rise in lending and home prices

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:26am by BLOOM

    ... governor Glenn Stevens said. "Some pick-up in housing prices as a result of lower interest rates was to be expected." Australia had the third-most overvalued housing market ... benchmark interest rate to a record-low 2.5 per cent to aid a recovery in non-mining industries, including residential construction, as the country's resources boom slows. The interest rate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1561391/australian-regulators-hold-fire-despite-rise-lending-and

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