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  1. 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 ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    Cash pile mitigates liquidity worries in US bond market

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:34am by BLOOM

    ... Cordell Eddings Given debt fund managers' strong cash position, depletion fears due to a flood of redemptions in the wake of rising rates seem to be overblown Cash pile mitigates ... once interest rates rise. Simple mathematics suggests there is little need to worry. While fund assets have almost doubled since the financial crisis, their size as a portion of US mutual funds ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    An 'East Asia' growth model for India

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 12:07pm by SANJEEV SANYAL

    ... significant improvements. The greater challenge for Modi will be financing his growth model. The success of the East Asian model was predicated on a sharp increase in the investment rate. Beginning with Japan, every rapidly growing East Asian economy sustained investment rates in the range of 38-40 per cent of gross domestic product over its rapid-growth phase. India's fixed-investment ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Oversold British pound to test a six-year high on markets

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:34am by BLOOM

    ... in gauging interest rate increases. It has tumbled 2.7 per cent since touching US$1.7192 on July 15, its highest level since October 2008. Despite the warning on rates, traders still see the British ... no reason why we can't see a retest of the multi-year highs given the fact that we expect the Bank of England to [raise] rates earlier, and positioning has now squared off," said Mitul ...

  5. Business - Economy - AWARDS

    Hong Kong scoops up top awards in Asia travel survey

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 01:28am by SIJIA JIANG

    ... Travel Asia poll, too. Hong Kong International Airport was rated the best airport. Both moved up from their No 2 position last year. Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong was rated the best business hotel ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    How to attract talent and capital

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Received wisdom focuses on the need for a low tax regime to attract business. Why then are investors not flocking to East Timor, with its 0.2 per cent corporate tax rate, or to Vanuatu, which ranks No2 in the world league of low corporate taxes? The answer is pretty obvious and it is no coincidence that the nations with the lowest rates of tax attract very little real business (except ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - MEDICINE

    Fewer HK smokers looking to city acupuncture clinics to help them quit

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by BRIAN YAP

    ... being set up across the city. The news came as the Health Department's Tobacco Control Office reported a success rate of up to 30 per cent at the clinics in helping clients to quit. A total ... and the Health Department, the programme offers free acupuncture and counselling services to smokers aged 18 or older. The success rate for a full year's treatment is 29.9 per cent and for a 26-week ...

  8. Business - Companies

    OCBC to rename Wing Hang and raise S$3.37 billion in equity capital

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 10:37am by DON WEINLAND

    ... was launched in April. Rating agency Fitch Ratings placed OCBC on negative watch in April, citing higher potential exposure to China, after the bank announced the takeover. Additional reporting ...

  9. Property - International - BRITAIN

    London homes face biggest price drop in 6 years

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 05:21am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in London Home sellers slash asking rates as market in British capital endures steep summer slump London records biggest price drop in 6 years London home sellers cut asking ... as anticipation of higher interest rates, are putting pressure on the market after a surge in values raised concerns that a bubble may develop. "Buyers and sellers are becoming increasingly aware ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong's only remedy for Ebola is a breast cancer drug

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:14am by Emily Tsang, Arthur Chan

    ... with a fatality rate of 54 per cent, has killed more than 1,200 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. It spreads through human-to-human transmission with infection resulting from direct ... companies in the United States and Canada are speeding up their production rate, supplies are limited. A untested serum known as Zmapp, which has been used to treat two American health workers ...




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