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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Emerging markets better equipped to ride out financial storm than in 1997

    Posted Sep 01st 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... in the US, have mostly recovered, financial markets in developing nations from India and Indonesia to Turkey and Thailand have been hit hard. Some of these countries' currencies are plunging ... by 10 per cent and its equity market by 20 per cent over the past three months. Is this the beginning of a new phase of the global financial crisis? If so, the crisis has gone full circle ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Circuit breakers have divided the financial community

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 04:39am by SCMP Editorial

    ... institutional investors such as those represented by the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association are supportive of introducing circuit breakers. However, many of the smaller local ... split-second computer trading from causing market disruptions or distortions. "Fat-finger" traders who input massive but wrong orders that could temporarily disrupt trading in a market ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Caution about Hong Kong's economic outlook is warranted

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Economic cautionis warranted The stock market has been on a roll, buoyed by positive sentiment over the launch in October of two-way share trading between Hong Kong and Shanghai. Home owners could never have been happier; housing prices hit record highs in June. Continuing low interest rates make loans affordable. The warnings of rough times ahead by Financial ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Financial regulators must strike a balance

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 02:52am by SCMP Editorial

    ... on Legco's financial affairs panel to question whether the SFC is hiring more people just because it has too much money to spend and to express concern about overregulation of the markets. To be sure it is their job to watch over funds raised by regulation, and the city still lives by the principle of small government with a light regulatory touch. That said, there is support in the market ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A new chapter for the Hang Seng Index

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... That is how long it has been tracking the local share market, its highs and lows reflecting events that moved markets, making and breaking fortunes. It is also a barometer of the city's economic evolution as well as having become increasingly important to its global profile and role as an international financial centre. The Hang Seng was not published until 45 years ago, after being ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Shinzo Abe's three arrows are looking badly blunted

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 04:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... market rally and signs of a turnaround in economic sentiment. But alarming second-quarter economic growth data has raised serious doubts. A 6.8 per cent annualised contraction in GDP has erased ... labour market. ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The moral hazards of intervening in the market

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Market rescues, moral hazards Things have never been the same in the financial world since the 2008-09 global crisis, but globally governments and bureaucrats are still ... regulatory benchmarks in the interest of financial stability. Under this regime, all major markets are required to empower regulators to intervene quickly in failing financial firms to try to avoid ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Answer the call on telemarketing

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... have opted into a do-not-call register, suggesting there is widespread disapproval of unwanted marketing and promotion. A worsening trend has prompted the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    John Tsang's modest spending cuts a wise measure

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... is understandable as public spending continues to balloon. The financial secretary had already paved the way for the cut when he warned in his budget in February of a structural deficit. He said ... No leaders take unpopular steps unless they are absolutely necessary. Our government knows this only too well from its battles to tackle several financial downturns since the handover. Although ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    There's a silver lining even as retail sales take a downturn

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 04:35am by SCMP Editorial

    ... 1.3 per cent, the worst first-half performance since during the global financial crisis in 2009. Many retailers affected by the slowdown put their faith in the theory that it is temporary ...




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