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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Power squeeze

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 12:32am by Howard Winn

    ... this option to ratchet down the rate of return that the power companies earn via the scheme of control. This stands at 9.99 per cent on generation that uses traditional fuel sources such as coal and gas, and 11 per cent on renewable sources such as wind. Under the scheme of control that expired in 2008, the permitted rate of return on its depreciated net assets was between 13.5 per cent ...

  2. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    New Zealand raises key rate but not done yet

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 03:41pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Wellington Fall in the dollar may push rise even higher as central bank looks to contain inflation pressure NZ sees neutral level for cash rate as high as 5pc New Zealand's central bank sees the neutral level for its cash rate possibly as high as 5 per cent, deputy governor Grant Spencer said, indicating the bank might need to raise rates more if the local currency ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Business - Economy - SOUTH KOREAN ECONOMY

    Bank of Korea keeps interest rate unchanged at 2.5pc

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 02:56pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul Rate increase seen coming next quarter after 13 consecutive months of no action Bank of Korea holds steady South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady ... The Bank of Korea's monetary policy committee held its base rate at 2.5 per cent. Although the consensus among 30 analysts for the central bank's next policy move is a rise in interest ...

  5. Business - Money - DEBT

    Global watchdogs search for new credit bubble risks

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 01:31am by Reuters

    ... on fresh accumulation of new corporate and sovereign debt by asset managers rather than banks and scratched its head about the coincidence of subpar economic activity and record low default rates that depress borrowing rates and credit spreads ever lower nearly everywhere. "Exuberant" equity and real estate and rock-bottom financial volatility merely fed off that picture, it said. ...

  6. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore protesters hit out at immigration and labour policies

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 01:07am by AFP

    ... Singaporeans make up just over 60 per cent of the country's 5.4 million population. Its low fertility rate forces the republic to rely heavily on guest workers to power its economy. The protest ...

  7. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Big trade gap puts pressure on yuan

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 10:52am by Victoria Ruan

    ... on the yuan to appreciate, although Beijing has insisted it would step up exchange rate reform only when market conditions are favourable. The customs bureau said yesterday exports rose 7.2 per cent ... was released when the US-China strategic and economic talks entered the second and final day of meetings in Beijing. Despite US calls that Beijing should further ease controls on the exchange rate ...

  8. Business - Money - LOANS

    Investors' hunt for yield builds up global debt levels

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:19am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in New York Record-low interest rates have led to warnings of overexuberance and complacency in debt markets as investors turn to riskier assets Investors' hunt for yield ... broadcaster, with a credit rating that implies default is almost a certainty, more than doubled the offering to US$850 million. China's Logan Property defied predictions of a slowdown ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Banks revise Hong Kong home price forecasts amid slower declines

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 12:53am by Peggy Sito

    ... interest rate expansion and a less-than-expected impact of rising primary supply on secondary prices," Ngai said. While prices of new homes have fallen, those of second-hand homes have shown ... of the market next year would be determined by interest rate movements and treasury yields. If residential yield rises by 15 basis points and assuming flat growth in rents, residential prices could fall ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    MTR staff launch protest against 'disappointing' pay rise

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:30am by Ada Lee

    ... 2.38 per cent and 7 per cent next year and that pay would go up for most employees by more than 4.75 per cent. The average rate of salary increase for all MTR staff worked out to 5.25 per cent, ... because the salaries were not attractive, he added. The MTR said it had studied salary increase rates in 29 companies that were considered "good employers" before it set its own rates ...




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