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  1. Loan crunch looms in Asia as euro-zone banks retreat

    Posted Jan 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Satyajit Das moneypost@scmp.com Do you think of the euro-zone crisis as a faraway problem that is little connected to booming Asia? If you run a business with ongoing needs for loan capital you might not feel that way. That is because battered euro-zone banks are being forced to redirect lending to Europe, which means pulling money out of Asia. The European Banking Authority ...

  2. State of Asian politics gives little hope for monetary union

    Posted Oct 05th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is a receding memory. To support their case, backers of Asian monetary union often cite the European precedent, but the comparison is misguided. In Asia, the arguments in favour of greater integration ... Tom Holland That old chestnut, Asian monetary union, is back on the economic menu. But despite the best efforts of the idea's backers, there is little real appetite among ...

  3. Business - Money - BONDS

    Safe havens are now risky

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Evelina Leung

    ... in BlackRock's global bond portfolio team. He says the risk profile of peripheral economic and monetary union government bonds varies significantly across countries, with the path to debt sustainability ... countries represent good value. Maggie Tsui, managing director, deputy head of investment services, Asia, at BNP Paribas Wealth Management, shares this view. She says that "selective European ...

  4. Familiar pair of hands at the IMF helm, while Asia continues to await its turn

    Posted Jul 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... chairman. Were there qualified candidates from Asia? Yes- there were both men and women with proven experience in handling a crisis. But the crucial point was whether they had the support of the US ... Nominations closed on June 10, with only two candidates on the shortlist- Lagarde, the French minister of finance, and Bank of Mexico governor Agustin Carstens. No candidates were chosen from Asia ...

  5. Europe needs financial discipline, and an external 'bad cop' to enforce it

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... The chances of this being viable without something more drastic are diminishing. The second is a political and fiscal union in which a European tax mechanism will tax winners and transfer payments to help losers. The third option is the failure of the euro and therefore the European Union itself. Economist Nouriel Roubini and other doomsters seem to suggest the third option is most likely. ...

  6. Supporting role

    Posted Oct 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for investment. In the private sector, European banks need capital and are touring Asia to attract wealthy individuals and companies. The Asian response has been less than forthcoming. Wen believes ... excuses special treatment. Yet Asia should not sit on the sidelines, grumble about past mistreatment and feel somewhat gleeful about the turn in circumstances. Even if it is an understandable ...

  7. Inner strength

    Posted Aug 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... union. The richer, more robust economies will end up supporting their weaker neighbours. The political implications of this are profound, and, therefore, a quick fix to the continent's ... in fact give Asia's economies another leg-up. The second implication is that the structure of Asian growth will need to change. Exports to the West, long the fuel for the region's ...

  8. Few things riskier than a safe bet in currency markets

    Posted Jul 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Now, with the European Union facing renewed threats of default, the Chinese economy slowing, and fears rising that the US economy is heading for a soft patch, investors' appetite for risk ...

  9. Lai See

    Posted Jan 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and the Chinese in Southeast Asia, have for various reasons tended to cluster in the financial sector. 'At times, anti-banking prejudice has acquired a strong tinge of ethnic hatred.' Indeed, ... Republicans.' Matters in Asia were even more serious during the Asian financial crisis, with 'murderous riots against rich Chinese in places such as Indonesia.' The Economist believes, ...

  10. Unions seek 12pc pay rise for foreign helpers

    Posted May 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com A coalition of foreign maids' unions has asked for a 12 per cent pay rise for about 290,000 domestic helpers imported from overseas. The Asian Migrants' Co-ordinating Body (AMCB) said their salary- set by the government after a regular review- had not been adjusted for more than two years and they wanted it to be revised to HK$4,000 ...




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