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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - DEBT

    Currency strength damps interest in yuan loans

    Posted Nov 03rd 2014, 04:19am by Jeanny Yu

    ... will need to repay more in local currency terms than it obtained, even without factoring in interest costs. The steady appreciation of the yuan since 2010 thus forced capital-hungry mainland ... between offshore yuan and dollar loans is expected to narrow further- the dollar interest rate could rise by the end of next year, while in the base case for China, we do not see a rise ...

  2. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    China signals interest in playing bigger role in Afghanistan

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 01:01pm by Teddy Ng

    ... signals interest in playing bigger Afghan role Beijing yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to helping war-torn Afghanistan end decades of bloodshed, and called on the country's political ... the conference for the first time, Beijing signalled its interest in playing a bigger role in the nation ahead of the withdrawal of most Western troops. Their departure has triggered fears that unrest ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - MONETARY POLICY

    China seen staying away from interest rate cuts, stay on reform wagon

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 01:35pm by Reuters

    ... Bank of China is likely to hold its line against an interest rate cut even as growth slows to a 25-year trough, as the politics of reform influence the conduct of monetary policy, government ... the sources said. "The problem is some people have drawn a parallel between cutting interest rates with strong stimulus," said a former central bank researcher. "It's a bit ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    Why influencing Occupy movement is not in America's best interest

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:07pm by JUNFEI WU

    ... Junfei Wu Junfei Wu says US influence on Hong Kong's protests may harm America's national interests, by weakening reformist Xi Jinping's hold on domestic power and thus ... the National Democratic Institute- should be considered one of the originators of the student protests in the special administrative region. The organisation means to promote US national interests ...

  5. Property - International - SOUTH KOREA

    Low interest rates prompt switch from deposit-based rentals in South Korea

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:16am by Reuters

    ... from deposit-based rentals For a country trying to avoid the menace of deflation, South Korea is receiving timely help from unusual quarters- landlords and their tenants. Interest rates ... for slightly more than half of rentals early this year, sharply down from nearly 70 per cent in early 2011, land ministry data showed. "The sharp drop in interest rates is the most important ...

  6. Business - Companies - PROPERTY

    MTR seeks expressions of interest for phase five of Lohas Park project

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 12:16pm by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com MTR Corp has invited expressions of interest for a 1,600-unit residential development at phase five of its Lohas Park project in Tseung Kwan O. The development is expected to generate strong interest from local and mainland Chinese developers, with bids estimated to come in at as high as HK$2.5 billion. The project was at the north end of Lohas ...

  7. News - China - ANALYSIS

    Little impact seen from Party leadership's reform push as interest groups dig in

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 06:02am by Li Jing

    ... trivial and incapable of kick-starting real change. That's because the leaders have struggled to dismantle entrenched interest groups, despite President and party General Secretary Xi Jinping ... assets. But, according to Rui, there's been little progress on the issues seen as key to overhauling the economy such as interest rate liberalisation and long-awaited tax reforms ...

  8. Business - Economy - MONETARY POLICY

    South Korea cuts interest rates for second time in three months

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 12:35pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul Bank of Korea cuts rates, signals easing not done South Korea's central bank slashed its policy interest rate for the second time in three months to match its record low and gave no clear signal that its easing cycle had ended- keeping the door open for another cut. Bond prices rose modestly as the decision had been widely expected, with the anticipated ...

  9. Business - Commodities - WHITE COLLAR

    HKEx needs to do more to spur interest in commodities trading

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 11:49am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Little progress has been made since the LME deal as the market remains focused on stocks More push needed on commodities trading While the London Metal Exchange will bring in more revenue for Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing next year, it has no ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - TECHNOLOGY

    Technology start-up sees strong funding interest

    Posted Oct 12th 2014, 06:04am by DANNY LEE

    ... Danny Lee danny.lee@scmp.com Start-up blown away by funding A Hong Kong technology start-up company attracted US$50,000 in funding from hundreds of online donors in just 24 hours. Ambi Labs' bid to produce an energy-saving device for air conditioners ...




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