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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - CREDIT

    Default risk up as Southeast Asia's top 100 embark on debt-fuelled growth

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Bloomberg

    ... as companies sought growth abroad. "More and more debt is financing less and less growth," Singapore-based Xavier Jean, a director of corporate ratings for Standard & Poor's, said. ... will increase vulnerability when interest rates start to rise. Internal cash flows and cash balances funded only about half of the US$300 billion the region's largest companies spent on expansion ...

  2. Business - Money

    Centaur Litigation funds “misappropriated”, backed failed lawsuits- report

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 03:35pm by Benjamin Robertson

    ... One consultant said the fund paid 8 per cent gross commission, an above-average rate in a market where many funds pay nothing. According to Grant Thornton, Centaur paid an 11 per cent commission rate to a fund marketing company, which then split the money with financial advisers. Grant Thornton declined to respond to a request for comment. ...

  3. News - World - NATURE

    Chimpanzees wired for war, 50-year study in Africa shows

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 08:41pm by AFP

    ... the rate of killing among communities." ...

  4. Business - Economy - MACROSCOPE

    Dollar wins back investors as US economic outlook brightens

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:40am by DAVID BROWN

    ... is surging, job creation is in full swing and monetary policy is about to tighten. Interest rates and bond yields are set to rise. This week's Federal Reserve meeting will be pivotal. Other major ... recovery. This week's monetary policy meeting will see crucial changes to Fed thinking. The Fed's forward guidance for interest rate expectations and its asset buy-back programme are bound ...

  5. Business - Economy

    Business sentiment drops in China

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 02:43pm by Benjamin Robertson

    ... China Index fell from 67 in the second quarter to 50. Taiwan scored 33, compared to 67 in the second quarter. The likelihood of rising US interest rates was cited as one cause for concern. ...

  6. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda calls for stable yen

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Reuters

    ... of shifting production overseas, suggesting that he still broadly sees yen weakness as a welcome trend. "I agree that from a business perspective, exchange-rate stability is extremely important," Kuroda said yesterday in a meeting with business executives in Osaka, western Japan. Kuroda said it was difficult to control yen levels with Japanese policy alone because currency rates ...

  7. Business - Money - FINANCING

    Property trusts curb support for Chinese developers as debt mounts

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Bloomberg

    ... per cent. Renhe's cash balance "doesn't produce a picture that allows them to redeem the bonds next year", said Christopher Yip, a director of corporate ratings in Hong ... are the ones at the lower end of the ratings spectrum with rather large offshore issuances." Without allowing defaults, the risk is that mainland firms will continue to pile on debt. ...

  8. Business - Money

    Chart of the day: Dollar faces headwind

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:23am by David McBain

    ... In the medium term, relative interest rate expectations suggest a continued period of strengthening in the dollar. In the near term, however, optimism is beginning to look overstretched, as shown ...

  9. Lifestyle - Fashion & Watches

    Collection blurs border between art and jewellery

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 11:37am by Kylie Knott

    ... This goes from ancient times, when animal-inspired jewellery was worn as an amulet to protect or to empower, and to symbolise love, fertility and prosperity, to more recent times, where ...

  10. Business - Economy - MACROSCOPE

    China's bad loans threaten to bring down world economy

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Bloomberg

    ... growing by almost 16 per cent year on year, a rate well above China's nominal GDP growth. In other words, China has spent much of this year adding to its debt and credit bubbles- not curbing ... bad-loan problem, Japan raced to prop up its banking system with bailouts and interest-rate cuts. Leaders in Tokyo feared the country would lose face if counterparts in Washington, London ...




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