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  1. Business - China Business

    China's spending could cause crisis, IMF experts warn

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty A report by IMF experts warns China is overinvesting at a speed that could plunge it into crisis and burden its SMEs and households Building up to a crash? Economists from ... reflect those of the IMF". Two of the authors, Il Houng Lee and Murtaza Syed, are, respectively, the senior and the deputy resident representative of the IMF's China office, so ...

  2. IMF upbeat on recovery but warns of risks

    Posted Jul 09th 2010, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... and the rest of the world for the year. IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard said a double-dip recession was unlikely but warned the European debt crisis had added downside risks to the recovery ... Kong Monetary Authority. The IMF has upgraded its projection for global growth to 4.6 per cent, up 0.4 percentage point from an estimate made in April. This is the first time the IMF has ...

  3. To get rich isn't glorious, it's downright dangerous

    Posted Jul 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... were meant to be on a per-capita basis, or maybe the word 'billion' had been omitted. The IMF has often been slammed for its mistakes, but the fund's economists do know ... was tricky. I scoured through the IMF's database, but couldn't come up with a match for either figure. The closest I managed are the 2011 figures for GDP per capita at purchasing power ...

  4. China set to grab headlines as world's second-largest economy

    Posted Dec 15th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... with GDP of US$4.83 trillion, just below Japan's US$4.99 trillion. By IMF forecasts for next year, the positions will be reversed, with China at US$5.3 trillion, well clear of Japan's ... long overtaken Japan. IMF statistics using purchasing power parity lift China's GDP to US$8.51 trillion this year, rising to US$9.19 trillion next year, far ahead of Japan's US$4.12 ...

  5. Business - Economy

    Shinzo Abe: Economy is Japan's priority

    Posted Dec 19th 2012, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... construction and agriculture, which steadfastly do not want to change. The IMF has suggested that giving Japanese women the same active role in the economy that women have in other rich countries would give a tremendous boost to the economy. The IMF probably underestimates the boost, but overestimates the political and institutional difficulties of achieving it. Nippon Keidanren, the powerful ...

  6. Is China already the No 1 economy?

    Posted Mar 01st 2011, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The CIA in its update of mid-February gives China's GDP as US$9.872 trillion. The IMF in October 2010 estimated China's GDP at PPP rates at US$10.084 trillion. Subramanian takes issue with the IMF figures. He criticises a major 2005 revision based on a project by the International Comparison of Prices (ICP). As a result ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Both good and bad news in China's property rebound

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... by almost a percentage point even six months after the property sector had recovered, and hurt exports. As a result, the IMF's researchers estimate that a 1 per cent decline in property ...

  8. China's government debt ratio is even higher than Portugal's

    Posted Apr 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... of all but one of the countries named above. It is higher than Egypt's which, according to the IMF, stands at 74 per cent, Britain's (77 per cent) and even Portugal's (83 per cent). Indeed, at 89 per cent, China's debt level is comparable with America's, which the IMF puts at 92 per cent of GDP (see the first chart below). To come up with their estimate, ...

  9. Taxing times

    Posted Mar 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fiscal constraints to the community. The IMF notes that Hong Kong's tax base is very narrow, with neither general consumption taxes nor import duties, and the majority of the working ... of the 1990s, the IMF says public expenditure would need to be trimmed back to 15 per cent of GDP. But spending could go up to 16 per cent if a goods and services tax (GST) were introduced. No wonder ...

  10. Chinese consumption to triple

    Posted Oct 13th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... in the world. However, in PPP (purchasing power parity) terms, using IMF estimates, it is already No2- 62 per cent the size of the US economy. The IMF says that, at 8.3 to the US dollar, the yuan ...




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