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  1. Infrastructure investment tipped to beat food crises

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... May Chan may.wychan@scmp.com More investment in infrastructure, rather than export bans, should be the solution to looming food crises in emerging markets, say analysts. 'If one really wants to balance demand and supply of food, one should not only invest in seeds and fertilisers and bet on consumption patterns, but also invest in infrastructure such as food processing ...

  2. Business - INSURANCE

    Economic slowdown to hit Asian insurers hard

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... measures such as infrastructure spending by Asian governments offer a ray of hope, analysts at Swiss Re Group say. "Slowing GDP growth will be a drag on both life and non-life insurance demand ... many Asian governments including Hong Kong were expected to launch fiscal stimulus or infrastructure projects to boost growth, which would benefit demand for non-life insurance products. ...

  3. Big four barely making loans

    Posted May 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... slowdown and restructuring, accompanied by an export slowdown. The investment-driven growth model, strengthened by mass infrastructure construction and land sales, has been deemed unsustainable. Bankers say local government infrastructure projects and property development lending are falling out of favour, but there have not been many drivers for private investment elsewhere. The poor ...

  4. Shanghai bonds snapped up

    Posted Nov 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... lower the yields. 'Buyers had a firm belief in Shanghai's economic might and the profitability of its infrastructure projects,' said Gu Weiyong, the chief investment officer ... with a sovereign guarantee. The solvency problem facing the so-called local government financing vehicles (LGFV)- the investment arms in charge of fundraising and construction of local infrastructure ...

  5. Slowdown gives reforms a chance

    Posted Jun 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... expect a quicker pace of approvals for investment and infrastructure projects The debt crisis in Europe, China's biggest market, is already affecting growth. In cutting rates, ... 'save the world' by unleashing another stimulus package, similar to but not as big as the infrastructure and capital investment splurge launched in response to the global financial crisis ...

  6. Beijing to step up policy fine-tuning

    Posted Aug 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... infrastructure and real-estate projects accelerated in July. Economists expect more easing measures, both monetary and fiscal, in the coming months to stimulate demand and private investment. ... and mid-sized enterprises and the services sector while increasing spending on infrastructure, public housing and social welfare. Many economists expect the mainland to cut interest rates further ...

  7. HK must set aside cash now to meet future health costs

    Posted Mar 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... around, it will prove too much of a temptation for Hong Kong's legion of infrastructure-crazed officials and their cronies in the construction sector. After bridges to Macau and high-speed ... legacy. Yet it is highly doubtful whether any of Hong Kong's fiscal reserves should go towards funding infrastructure projects. Setting money aside to finance essential works may have made ...

  8. Brave new world

    Posted Jun 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... with a 0.25 per cent cut in lending rates. The move set up the bank for more cuts this year, all for stimulus. Economists also expect the government to push forward infrastructure spending, ... Strategists also like infrastructure stocks (for example, Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology), on the view the government will accelerate infrastructure spending to pick up the economy. ...

  9. Business - Money - CHINA

    Focus on domestic matters

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... and their advisers. "We are relatively cautious on equity-oriented themes in China, especially recent sources of growth such as property, infrastructure and banks," says David Pinkerton, chief ... Announcements about spending on infrastructure show an integrated plan for investment in fixed assets. This will help to build connectivity between mainland industries and regions, supporting ...

  10. Factory output growth weakest in three years

    Posted Aug 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... ratios by 200 basis points in the next two quarters, and cut taxes and boost infrastructure investment for the rest of the year. Shen Jianguang, an economist at Mizuho Securities, said economic ... investment in the first seven months grew 20.4 per cent from a year ago, unchanged from the first half of this year, with rising infrastructure investment offsetting slowing property investment. ...




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