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  1. Low inflation against grain of rising prices

    Posted May 11th 2004, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp HAS IT EVER occurred to you to ask why all the fuss in Beijing is about restraining inflation when the consumer price index still shows only a 3 per cent year-on-year rate of increase? If it has occurred to you, then here are some further questions. First: What sort of inflation is likely to be seen in Beijing as posing the biggest danger? No, ...

  2. Inflation signs point to exit

    Posted May 30th 2004, 12:00am by Chris Oliver

    ... Signs of rising inflation make this an ideal time to slash growth stocks and head for the safety of the resources sector, according to leading analysts. Many investors appear ... data reveals relatively benign inflation. But Mr Puplava dismisses the official figures, saying American families are encountering rising prices every day in goods and services ranging from ...

  3. HKMA chief misses the boat on spotting inflation dangers

    Posted May 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China last bemoaned pockets of deflation as higher commodity prices are increasingly felt throughout the economy. Beijing has all policy tools gunning inflation, even introducing arcane price ... as inflation risks spread. Sitting in Hong Kong, it is perhaps understandable that Mr Yam's preoccupation with deflation has remained after a painful cycle of falling prices in Hong Kong. To many, ...

  4. Inflation- spoiling Beijing's economic menu

    Posted Feb 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A month ago we analysed China's resurgent inflation and concluded that at least some of it simply reflects increased prosperity in inland and rural areas. We also noted, however, that some inflation stems from the inflows of speculative capital last year. Heading off the inflationary impact of those inflows will be the key task of monetary policy this year. The link between ...

  5. Investors warned to keep an eye on inflation

    Posted Jan 15th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... certain. Citigroup Asset Management said investors should keep a close eye on inflation, the policies of the region's central banks and the US dollar- particularly in the middle of the year- ... half there will be a lower rate of growth,' Mr Muh said, adding central banks probably would move to curb unexpectedly strong growth and inflation should they materialise in the second ...

  6. Like it or not, inflation is now back with us

    Posted Jun 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp TIME TO PLAY GAMES with numbers. Bear with me here because what these numbers suggest is that our inflation rate is already rocketing upwards rather than still showing a decline from a year earlier as the May consumer price index report would have us believe. We shall start with what the CPI report says is inflation in housing. This is the red line in the first ...

  7. Hong Kong moves step closer to inflation

    Posted Feb 24th 2004, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... Kelvin Chan The composite consumer price index shows smallest decline in more than a year Hong Kong edged another step closer to inflation yesterday, when the government released figures ... to have a moderate year-on-year inflation rate. The basic underlying trend- including the recovery in household spending and continued increase in tourist spending- remains unchanged.' ...

  8. Inflation is back- and that's good

    Posted Jan 13th 2004, 12:00am by Tony Latter

    ... last year. Between then and November (the latest month for which data is available) the price level rose by 1 per cent. Yes, inflation is back, and at a brisk 4 per cent per annum. Although ... remains, unhelpfully, on the 12-month story. As a result, the public tends to be misled as to the true current position. Second, how should we react to the return of inflation? Generally, ...

  9. Petrol price rise will fuel inflation

    Posted Apr 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Allen T. Cheng Rising petrol prices on the mainland may push inflation up marginally, a leading regional economist says. Inflation was 3.2 per cent in January and 2.1 per cent in February ... of unleaded fuel has increased by up to 27 fen per litre, to between 3.23 yuan and 3.46 yuan. But Mr Huang said he did not expect inflation to surge beyond current levels because of excess capacity ...

  10. Asian economies wrestle imported inflation

    Posted Mar 26th 2004, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... but the first chart shows you my estimate of weighted import price inflation across the region outside of Japan, and the figures cannot be far out. The effect of the currency collapses in 1997 and 1998 clearly show up with a big jump in import price inflation at that time. Despite the subsequent ups and downs, however, there does not seem to be much to worry about yet. The most recent figure ...




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