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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    NZ dollar's continued fall boosts expectations for rate rise

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:34am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Wellington Kiwi fall boosts rate rise expectations The New Zealand dollar has tumbled to six-month lows against the US dollar and may fall further, giving the Reserve Bank of New Zealand room to raise interest rates again before the end of the year. The kiwi has dropped about 5 per cent over the past month to 84 US cents, taking it to levels last seen before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1580417/nz-dollars-continued-fall-boosts-expectations-rate-rise
  2. Business - Companies - ACQUISITIONS

    Fosun’s Portuguese unit top bidder for hospital operator Espirito

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 11:17am by Eric Ng

    ... offer and 47.5 per cent higher than Espirito’s initial public offering price of €3.20 in February. Shanghai-based Fosun has brushed off ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service’s concerns about its debt-financed overseas acquisition spree and warning that its rating may be downgraded if the shopping spree does not stop. Patrick Zhong Lei, the company’s head of global investment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1598577/fosuns-portuguese-unit-top-bidder-hospital-operator-espirito
  3. Business - Economy - MACROSCOPE

    Australia's housing bubble is at risk from Chinese crash

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 05:18am by Bloomberg

    ... and roughly 9 per cent across Australia's major cities. How can that make sense, in an already frothy market? The RBA could start raising interest rates, but that would slam homeowners. Better ... in an environment of low interest rates and low-asset price volatility." In other words, low volatility will become problematic once rates rise. As the Financial Stability Board said last week, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1598275/australias-housing-bubble-risk-chinese-crash
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - China Economy

    China funding costs rise, Beige Book shows

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 09:21am by Victoria Ruan

    ... shifting to shadow banks despite higher rates, shows the China Beige Book report. The third-quarter report, issued by New York-based CBB International, indicates Beijing has yet to take effective ... in rates” in the latter, the note said. China’s central bank was reported to have injected 500 billion yuan (HK$631 billion) of liquidity into the country’s Big Five state-owned banks in a bid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1598530/china-funding-costs-rise-beige-book-shows
  5. Sport - Racing

    Quick back-ups the key to snaring Triple Trio pot

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 09:44pm by Michael Cox

    ... Champion- his solitary career win over the course and distance rates much higher on the Jockey Club's SpeedPower Ratings than any of his rivals, but that was more than a year and a serious ... the line in sixth but with something in hand. Again Chang has a runner that has some appeal from a ratings perspective. Dragon Glory (Andreas Suborics) returns to the trainer after a six-run stint ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1598178/quick-back-ups-key-snaring-triple-trio-pot
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - STRATEGY

    Country Garden’s new finance chief aims to halve developer’s funding cost

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 11:24am by Langi Chiang

    ... estate downturn so as to upgrade the company’s credit ratings next year to investment grade. Moody’s Investors Service has given it a Ba2 rating. Eventually, the company aims to cut its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1597497/country-gardens-new-finance-chief-aims-halve-developers
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - LOANS

    Fears raised over rented debt ratings

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 01:06am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Mainland firms spark concerns while fundraising in US as global bond sales by issuers carrying bank guarantees soar Paid debt ratings cause for concern Mainland companies renting debt ratings from state-owned banks when raising funds in US money markets are fuelling credit concerns as bad loans mount. Including the first programme guaranteed by Bank of China in New York ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1579513/fears-raised-over-rented-debt-ratings
  8. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Strong policy stimulus for China not needed, says PBOC adviser

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 11:29am by Victoria Ruan

    ... centred on whether a rate cut would do more to help or harm the economy, after the weakest expansion in industrial output in six years fuelled concerns about a hard landing. The central bank on Tuesday reportedly injected 500 billion yuan (HK$630 billion) into the Big Five banks to ease funding bottlenecks. But some analysts say adopting a more transparent and broad-based interest rate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1595285/strong-policy-stimulus-china-not-needed-says-pboc-adviser
  9. Comment

    Reform, not monetary stimulus, is China's only choice to revive growth

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 05:58pm by ANDY XIE

    ... taxes by 1 trillion yuan (HK$1.26 trillion) or more. Value-added tax should be cut to 13 per cent, from 17 per cent, the top personal income tax rate slashed from 45 per cent to 25 per cent, ... product growth rate. The resulting bad assets are now weighing down the financial system. The periodic injection of liquidity merely allows troubled financial institutions to delay reporting bad ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1598799/reform-not-monetary-stimulus-chinas-only-choice-revive-growth
  10. 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

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