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  1. Inflation key piece to tricky Chinese puzzle

    Posted Dec 16th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Without cutting off the supply of cheap and easy money, high growth and renewed inflation look increasingly likely. Instead, emphasis has focused on playing down growth expectations. Next year, ... cent and annualised M2 money supply expansion again exceeded 20 per cent last month. Friday's announcement of a 3 per cent increase in consumer price inflation for November represented ...

  2. HKMA rejects inflation-linked protection

    Posted Sep 18th 2003, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has rejected a proposal by legislators to link bank deposit insurance coverage to inflation or economic growth. Bank customers would receive up ... the HK$100,000 cap upwards to protect it from factors such as inflation. 'The HK$100,000 looks like a lot of money today. But if there is serious inflation, the amount of money might only be a tiny ...

  3. Inflation jump sounds warning

    Posted Dec 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... small businesses and keep unemployment in check. Economists generally agree that mild inflation would not cause major difficulties in the short term. Deflation, which the country has experienced for several years, can be as harmful as inflation because businesses have to improve efficiency to keep up. Most economists are forecasting inflation of 3 to 4 per cent next year. On the political ...

  4. Runaway inflation in China? Bah humbug

    Posted Dec 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the banks' reserve requirement rate to 7 per cent from 6 per cent. Is the PBOC trying to soften its earlier tightening stance? With the November consumer inflation rate running at a brisk ... range, defeating the original purpose. So, should China adopt a basket of currencies to peg the yuan in light of the US dollar's persistent weakness and rising inflation? It is common ...

  5. Asset inflation alert for investors

    Posted Dec 14th 2003, 12:00am by Chris Oliver

    ... eventually appreciate Asset inflation just might be next year's key investment theme, with Asian equities and property expected to soar on a rising tide of global liquidity, copy-cat currency ... price pressure in the CPI (consumer price index) out of the United States. It may be that [with] a falling dollar, coupled with very strong growth in the region, you get a lot more inflation ...

  6. Asset inflation spurs equities revival

    Posted Oct 07th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hedge funds are out of favour as upbeat investors rush back to traditional holdings but some caution against hasty shifts Hedge funds boomed in bear market conditions but the return of old-fashioned asset inflation has prompted a rush to traditional investments, potentially leaving financial alchemists out in the cold. So called absolute return funds, that rely on trading strategies ...

  7. Dr Doom unconvinced by rally

    Posted Sep 28th 2003, 12:00am by Chris Oliver

    ... has tried to manage inflation expectations by using rhetoric laden with references to deflation, as well as 'doctored' CPI figures that dramatically understate price increases. ... consumption,' Mr Faber said. 'This is negative for the economy. For me the most likely scenario is higher inflation, but no economic recovery. People always think weak economies have low inflation ...

  8. Market upbeat on hopes of an end to deflation

    Posted Nov 19th 2003, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Expectations of inflation and US dollar weakness spur purchases Hong Kong's property market is on an upbeat note, with investors and nervous savers fleeing cash holdings ... general firming of the consumer price index (CPI), the commonly used benchmark for inflation. Some economists predict the index will be back in positive territory in the third or fourth quarter ...

  9. Things looking up on deflation front

    Posted Dec 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... Kelvin Chan Smallest decline in prices in seven months signals that inflation may return by the middle of next year Hong Kong entered its sixth year of deflation, with consumer prices falling again last month. But the decline was the smallest in seven months, giving hope to those expecting a return to inflation next year. The composite consumer price index (CPI), which measures ...

  10. Easing deflation raises hopes of end to five years of gloom

    Posted Nov 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... Kelvin Chan Hong Kong marked five full years of deflation in October, but prices fell at their slowest rate in five months, adding fuel to hopes that inflation will return next year. ... of economics at Chinese University. Professor Chong and other economists expect Hong Kong to return to inflation next year. Deflation peaked this year at 4 per cent in July, but prices have been ...




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