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  1. Business - China Business - DISPOSALS

    Chongqing Iron & Steel sells plant for 719.6m yuan to ease financial pressure

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 09:20am by TIFFANY AP

    ... Tiffany Ap tiffany.ap@scmp.com Chongqing Iron & Steel, a medium-sized Chinese steelmaker, is selling a cold-rolled sheet plant for 719.59 million yuan (HK$908.47 million) to ease financial pressure and replenish working capital, it said in a filing to the stock exchange on Tuesday morning. The Land Reserve Centre in the Changshou Economic and Technological Development Zone ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1621114/chongqing-iron-steel-sells-plant-7196m-yuan-ease-financial
  2. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Australia worries about two housing markets: its own and China's

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 04:18am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Economy at risk as Chinese property slowdown hurts demand for biggest export earner iron ore Australia faces hot and cold housing markets Australian policymakers have two housing markets to worry about, and it is a toss-up which carries the most risk. One is too cold, the other too hot. One they cannot do anything about as it is in China, the other is a home-grown ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1604932/australia-worries-about-two-housing-markets-its-own-and-chinas
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - STOCKS

    Stocks set to fall at open, authorities pledge smooth market operations as Occupy protests extend

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 09:03am by Nick Edwards and Jeanny Yu

    ... with the broad market with a loss of 1.92 per cent. Property companies were singled out in a March report by Swiss investment bank UBS as among the most vulnerable to financial fallout from Occupy ... unscathed, despite 23 banks announcing the temporary closure of 44 branches. Financial markets operated smoothly, with the city's securities and derivatives markets running as usual. The Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1603781/hkma-activates-emergency-action-plan-occupy-protests-extend
  4. Property - International - SINGAPORE

    Singapore home prices fall as cooling measures hit property market

    Posted Oct 02nd 2014, 05:12am by Bloomberg

    ... market. An index tracking private residential prices fell 0.6 per cent to 208.1 points in the three months ended September 30, following a 1 per cent decline in the previous three-month period, ... rates raised concerns of a housing bubble. The government unveiled new rules in June 2013 for how financial institutions grant property loans to individuals. Under the new rules, mortgages ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1607194/singapore-home-prices-fall-cooling-measures-hit-property
  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    G20 chiefs fear market risks from low interest rates

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:28am by Bloomberg

    ... from low rates Group of 20 finance chiefs and central bankers said low interest rates are contributing to a potential increase in financial market risk, as major policymakers rely on monetary stimulus to bolster growth. "We are mindful of the potential for a build-up of excessive risk in financial markets, particularly in an environment of low interest rates and low asset price ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1597565/g20-chiefs-fear-market-risks-low-interest-rates
  6. Business - China Business - REGULATION

    Qianhai currency reform gives hope to China financial liberalisation

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:40am by Jeanny Yu

    ... Jeanny Yu jeanny.yu@scmp.com Relaxation of exchange controls seen as proof of mainland pressing ahead with financial change Qianhai currency reform gives hope to liberalisation Beijing's relaxation of foreign exchange controls in Qianhai has brought some relief to the market that the mainland is still determined to go through with financial reforms despite some murmurs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1565746/qianhai-currency-reform-gives-hope-china-financial
  7. Business - Money

    Markets priced for perfection imperiled by rising risks

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 03:58am by DAVID BROWN

    ... It is no surprise that the likes of the International Monetary Fund are warning about excessive risk taking in financial markets. The world's major central banks are getting nervous, too. They have ... David Brown Safe-haven status of the US dollar gets boost amid the threat of a global economic slowdown, geopolitical tensions and tapering by the Fed Markets priced for perfection ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1603376/markets-priced-perfection-imperiled-rising-risks
  8. Business - Comment - THE VIEW

    Fatca regime may have unintended consequences for financial system

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:40am by Peter Guy

    ... Peter Guy Crackdown on Americans' money in overseas accounts may lead to the growth of shadow banking and the financial power of other countries Tax secrets Many financial ... But it represents the most ambitious tax and personal data collection strategy in financial history. It will embolden and encourage more global intrusions by US government agencies. More people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1565727/fatca-regime-may-have-unintended-consequences-financial-system
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - LEGISLATION

    EU lawmakers reach accord on financial market rules

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 02:36am by BLOOM

    ... a deal that overhauls the bloc's financial market rulebook in a bid to toughen requirements and remedy deficiencies laid bare in the 2008 financial crisis. The bill includes curbs ... they were presented by Michel Barnier, the EU's financial services chief. "These new rules will improve the way capital markets function to the benefit of the real economy," Barnier ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1406511/eu-lawmakers-reach-accord-financial-market-rules
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    China developers resist pressure to cut prices, leading to market standoff

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 02:11am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Developers hold firm on prices in hope of policy support, but mainland buyers opt to wait it out Market standoff deflates peak season On booming ... curbs," he said. "There is almost no supply of land in the future." Hu speaks for many developers who want to maximise profits despite a cooling market, betting that the central ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1603432/china-developers-resist-pressure-cut-prices-leading-market

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