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  1. 'Occupy' activists make themselves at home

    Posted Nov 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Ip chris.ip@scmp.com Beneath the glass and steel of the HSBC tower, life has settled into a steady rhythm for the Occupy Central movement. A month has passed since the protesters set ... In Occupy Central, Yau has what she calls a 'small society'. There are more tents than when the movement was in its infancy- 27 on Thursday- but only about 20 people sleep there each ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The limits of central banking

    Posted Aug 18th 2012, 12:00am by Andrew Sheng

    ... Andrew Sheng Andrew Sheng says an overreaching monetary policy only delays the inevitable and dents banks' credibility While politicians fiddle, central bankers seem only to be adding fizz to bubbles Central banking used to be an august profession- highly respected, almost revered, mainly because central bankers looked after everybody's money. But now that Wall Street ...

  3. Charity events would not be out of place in a democratic socialist society

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... During the Occupy Central protest last month, I gave my views on charity events like the Central Rat Race ('Anti-Wall Street protest reaches Asia's capitals', October 16). ... including the Central Rat Race, which raises funds for a mental health charity. However, instead of relying on personal goodwill through contributing to charity events, what we need ...

  4. Lifestyle - Books - ECONOMICS

    Book review: Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, by Mark Blyth

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... science" feel. Still, it is hard to argue with his claim that the global fiscal system is twisted. In the US, the richest 400 Americans own more assets than the bottom 150 million. Cue the Occupy ...

  5. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Little sign of housing market bubble in Australia, says Reserve Bank chief

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... are up sharply and unemployment is low, suggesting the housing market represents a modest threat to the economy. The head of the country's central bank certainly wonders what all the fuss ... assets- half of the proportion of the United States. Australians also have a habit of paying off mortgages faster. Almost half of owner-occupiers are ahead on their mortgage payments, so ...

  6. Beware wealth's flight to safety in turbulent 2012

    Posted Jan 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... about the costs of German reunification, will soon realise that Greece will be the first, not the last, to be rescued. Rather than a central governing authority, a far more likely outcome ... or his successor will accommodate with monetary easing that other central bankers will emulate via protectionist beggar-thy-neighbour policies. This will bring inflation. If governments augment ...

  7. Beijing will prefer financial repression to liberalisation

    Posted Feb 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland Another day, another call for reform of the Chinese economy. Last Thursday, researchers at the central bank set out a programme for scrapping Beijing's restrictions ... is just a third that of private sector companies, and their returns on equity some 10 percentage points lower. Worse, by occupying administrative monopolies and by consuming a disproportionate ...

  8. Uphill struggle

    Posted Jun 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the central authorities on the need for industrial restructuring, but concrete action has been limited. Imitation, not creation, is still the order of the day in the majority of mainland factories. ... of the urban workforce is comprised of rural migrants occupying low-skilled jobs. Teaching them new skills will be a huge challenge, out of reach for the foreseeable future. In addition, ...

  9. Why many aren't banking on it being a merry Christmas

    Posted Dec 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... attacked on all fronts- from protesters to strikers. This includes those camped outside St Paul's Cathedral in more than 200 tents in a protest inspired by New York's Occupy Wall Street. ... in the 2009 crisis as governments stepped in with bailout packages while central banks cut interest rates. But now, many banks such as HSBC, Bank of America and Barclays have all announced big lay-off ...

  10. Mainland risks a return to central-planning mindset

    Posted Jan 28th 2008, 12:00am by James Dorn

    ... third-largest trading nation and private property is constitutionally recognised. Nevertheless, important remnants of central planning and control remain, which impede Beijing's proclaimed goal ... top-down central planning. The major problems on the mainland stem from weak institutions, not from the lack of 'scientific development'. As Peter Bauer, a pioneering development ...




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