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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    HKMA on alert as it defends peg in first currency market intervention in 18 months

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:08am by Enoch Yiu

    ... comments came in a written reply to a question from lawmaker Ng Leung-sing about the health of the city's financial system. Ng's question followed up on an International Monetary Fund ... change in fund flows due to any global financial market volatility… could impact on our property market", but added that a series of market cooling steps- including several property stamp ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1545170/systemic-risk-answers-sought-hkma-intervenes-currency
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Analysts lower growth targets for greenback

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 01:51am by BLOOM

    ... Barclays declared it is time for the currency to "shine". The International Monetary Fund to the Federal Reserve are downgrading estimates for the United States economy after it shrank ... the biggest 12-month increase since October 2012, data showed last week. As strategists maintain their dollar optimism, hedge funds and leveraged investors have capitulated. After reaching a bullish ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1546982/analysts-lower-growth-targets-greenback
  3. Business - Economy - CURRENCIES

    Risky times for fragile five currencies

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 02:37am by Bloomberg

    ... vulnerable because of their dependence on foreign investment to fund current account deficits. With most of their trade shortfalls made up of oil imports, the rise in Brent crude to a nine-month high ... environment." To Stephen Jen, the co-founder of London-based SLJ Macro Partners and a former International Monetary Fund economist, the recent losses show those nations' measures to improve fiscal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1539902/risky-times-fragile-five-currencies
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Bank of China plans to launch yuan bonds in Luxembourg

    Posted May 08th 2014, 11:18am by Jeanny Yu

    ... to the market to raise funds and is marketing its first euro-zone-listed, yuan-denominated bond to be traded in Luxembourg. The mainland's third-largest lender started marketing the notes ... 2.5 billion yuan of a three-year bond in London at 3.45 per cent. Chinese banks face pressure to raise funds to withstand an expected rise in bad loans. The transaction is a step forward ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1507284/bank-china-issuing-25b-yuan-bond-luxembourg
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Fears raised over PBOC push to weaken yuan

    Posted May 06th 2014, 12:42am by Reuters

    ... and for foreigners who moved funds into mainland equities and bonds in recent months, signs that market sentiment is souring on the yuan are unwelcome. "Short-term flows do tend to exhibit herd behaviour, which could generate unstable capital-flow dynamics in the short run," said Enswar Prasad, an economist at Cornell University and former head of the International Monetary Fund ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1505362/fears-raised-over-pboc-push-weaken-yuan
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Singapore snapping at Hong Kong's yuan heels

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 04:45am by Jeanny Yu

    ... yuan-denominated products to come- bonds, securities, RQFII products, wealth management products, and structured products," said Zhang Weiwu, the general manager at ICBC Singapore. The average ... yuan. A currency swap facility allows central banks to exchange currencies with one another and the scheme also allows the Monetary Authority of Singapore to obtain yuan funding from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1455801/singapore-snapping-hong-kongs-yuan-heels
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Yuan decades away from being global reserve currency

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 10:18am by Victoria Ruan

    ... of the International Monetary Fund's China division, urged Beijing to launch "significant reforms" of its financial system if it wanted to make the yuan a major global currency. "Before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/article/1475607/yuan-decades-away-being-global-reserve-currency
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    Hong Kong urged to expand its advantage in yuan trade

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 12:59am by Ray Chan, Jeanny Yu

    ... With a different demand-supply dynamic, a price differential was created in Hong Kong, London and Taiwan, prompting more trading opportunities for active fund managers, Au said, suggesting the city should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1477019/hong-kong-urged-expand-its-advantage-yuan-trade
  9. Business - Economy - CURRENCIES

    Aussie, Canadian dollars find favour with global central banks after falls

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... quarter, while those for the aussie were US$13.5 billion, based on International Monetary Fund data compiled by investment bank Nomura. No other currencies saw as much buying even though ... sovereign rating, and as liquidity continues to improve, reserve managers will probably allocate a higher proportion of reserves towards these two currencies." Their appeal may only increase ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1331087/aussie-canadian-dollars-find-favour-global-central-banks-after
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - CURRENCIES

    ECB mulls monetary stimulus, but faster growth comes with risks

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:27am by DAVID BROWN

    ... tools are spent. Interest rates are close to zero. The economy is awash with a glut of cheap emergency funds. The ECB bought distressed government bonds, but sterilised the monetary effects. ... it would become liable to be used as a funding currency for carry trades into higher yielding assets. The US dollar has filled this role in recent years. If the euro takes over the role, the US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1461146/ecb-mulls-monetary-stimulus-faster-growth-comes-risks

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