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  1. Business - Economy - ANALYSIS

    Asset bubbles risk deflating global economic recovery, warn analysts

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:26am by AFP

    ... Concern has been rising that investors are paying too much for securities in a search for good returns when interest rates are hovering near record lows, creating the bubble conditions for a new ... time to move them to new and more productive uses." Bond rates for European countries hit hard by the euro-zone debt crisis, such as Greece, have slumped, showing investors do not see them ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1560686/asset-bubbles-risk-deflating-global-economic-recovery-warn-analysts
  2. News - Hong Kong - GOVERNMENT SPENDING

    Every penny of HK$3 trillion Exchange Fund needed for ‘crises’, says HKMA chief

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:31pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... investments have also been criticised. Last year it managed a return of 2.3 per cent, below the rate of consumer inflation. In the first three months of this year, its return was down 64 per cent from the same period last year. Chan defended the returns, saying the fund had to invest in a “conservative and prudent manner” and could not take "excessive risks". The AAA sovereign rating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1561160/hkmas-norman-chan-says-every-penny-hk3tr-exchange-fund-needed-crises
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - FREE-TRADE ZONE

    Interest rate reform rolled out to all of Shanghai

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 01:04am by Daniel Ren

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Banks outside city's free-trade zone to decide foreign exchange deposit rates from today Interest rate reform rolled out to all of Shanghai The mainland's central bank will let all banks based in the city of Shanghai and not just those operating in its free-trade zone to set the rates for foreign exchange deposits from today, in a move ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1541283/interest-rate-reform-rolled-out-all-shanghai
  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong diabetes patients as young as 3, while one fifth under 40

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 02:34pm by Emily Tsang

    ... type 2 diabetes. That is slightly lower than the 12.7 per cent prevalence rate in Singapore, but higher than Japan's 7.3 rate and Taiwan's rate of 6.7, according to the International ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1561116/one-every-five-diabetes-patients-hong-kong-under-40-study-finds
  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong goes with the flow and reaps the rewards of capital movements

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:04am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... for the peg to the US dollar says that interest rates will fall to near zero when there is a big inflow of money into Hong Kong. No one will then want to bring in Hong Kong dollars any longer and the inflows will turn to outflows. Unfortunately, it isn't working that way just now. Interest rates are already at rock bottom but still the inflows keep coming and once again the HKMA has had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1561436/hong-kong-goes-flow-and-reaps-rewards-capital-movements
  6. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Mainland tourists' satisfaction with Hong Kong hits four-year record, study finds

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 06:36pm by Amy Nip

    ... researchers said this did not necessarily mean service quality has deteriorated. It may simply be that the sector is not improving at the same rate as others, the university’s team said. Frustrations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1561986/mainland-tourists-satisfaction-hong-kong-hits-five-year-record-study
  7. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH BITES

    Health Bites

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 10:41am by Kylie Knott

    ... their physical strength and mental acuity longer than those who don't, according to a new review of past studies that found exercise that gets the heart rate up is best. "We found that all the studies showed that physical activity was associated with decreased rates of cognitive decline and that even becoming active in later life as opposed to a lifetime of physical activity still ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1561217/health-bites
  8. Business - Banking & Finance

    PBOC halts repos as money rate rises

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 01:04am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Singapore PBOC halts repos as money rate rises The People's Bank of China has refrained from selling repurchase agreements for the first time in four months as banks' hoarding of cash to meet regulatory requirements drove the benchmark money-market rate to a seven-week high. The central bank's decision to halt the use of repurchase agreements ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1541217/pboc-halts-repos-money-rate-rises
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Every penny of HK$3 trillion Exchange Fund needed for ‘crises’, says HKMA chief

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:50am by Enoch Yiu

    ... The returns on the fund's investments have also been criticised. Last year it managed a return of 2.3 per cent, below the rate of consumer inflation. In the first three months of this year, its ... sovereign rating Standard and Poor's gave to Hong Kong in 2010 was also due to the fund's assets, Chan said. But Democratic Party lawmaker Sin Chung-kai said the HKMA should not "keep ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1561450/hands-hk3-trillion-exchange-fund-says-monetary-authority
  10. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore PM Lee urges more babies for Year of the Horse

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 01:50pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... “Unfortunately, despite our efforts to promote marriage and parenthood, our birth rates are still too low,” Lee, a father of four, said. Lee said Singapore’s current fertility rate is 1.19 babies per ... the year.” Despite a series of so-called “baby bonuses” to encourage couples to have children, Singapore has not been able to boost its fertility rate to the 2.1 level needed to maintain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1417403/singapore-pm-lee-urges-more-babies-year-horse

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