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  1. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Would you like a rise with that? How Hong Kong fares on the Big Mac Index

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 10:50pm by PHILA

    ... after an hour of work. According to the OECD, the hourly minimum wage is highest in Australia at HK$117.80; followed by France at HK$96.10; Belgium at HK$90.70; and Ireland at HK$88.40. Prices ... a higher purchasing power. Australian workers enjoy the highest burger purchasing power, being able to afford 3.18 Big Macs after an hour's work. They're followed by the Irish, who can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1567209/would-you-rise-how-hong-kong-fares-big-mac-index
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - ECONOMY

    Why economic stimulus no longer works for China

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 10:42am by Derek Scissors

    ... state of the economy, but it will not affect where the economy is headed. Regardless of whether it is scattered or intense, monetary stimulus no longer works for the mainland economy and cannot ... how full the hose is, though, because the water is flowing into a lake. One counter-argument is that stimulus must be important because it worked in May, when there were signs of modest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1538761/why-economic-stimulus-no-longer-works-china
  3. News - China - ECONOMY

    Top Communist Party official's inclusion on task force reflects China's economic concerns

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 05:02am by Cary Huang

    ... The inclusion of top party official Liu Yunshan in an influential macroeconomy task force suggests the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has attached greater importance to economic work ... Liu has long worked in Inner Mongolia and advanced his career through the China Youth League and the party's propaganda machine. Liu has little background in economic management. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1577934/top-communist-party-officials-inclusion-task-force-reflects-chinas
  4. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Hong Kong to lower annual economic growth forecast on Friday, says John Tsang

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 02:22pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... and capital investment hit a five-year low, while the jobless rate rose to 3.2 per cent from 3.1 per cent of the working age population in the second quarter. Tsang said officials would hold a press ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571292/hong-kong-will-lower-annual-economic-growth-forecast-friday-says-john
  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Yuan convertibility on back burner as Beijing focuses on other reforms

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 11:58am by Reuters

    ... and legal systems first," said a former central bank researcher who now works for the government. "That was the reason why other emerging markets [which removed capital controls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1568188/yuan-convertibility-back-burner-beijing-focuses-other
  6. News - China - ECONOMY

    Targeted measures to spur growth

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 05:21am by Cary Huang

    ... said the country would focus on market-oriented reform while it worked to achieve growth for the world's second largest economy. "Our nation must maintain certain speed in economic ... the government would give top priority to pushing forward the market reform set up by the third party plenum held last November. "We should work to speed up the promotion of reform, in order ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1562186/targeted-measures-spur-growth
  7. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Mainland China growth rates don't add up

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:09am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... with a definitive alternative GDP series to the official figures," said Arthur Kroeber, the managing director of Gavekal Dragonomics Research. Trying to work out historical growth patterns was highly ... Forum" centred on former premier Zhao Ziyang. He left China in 1988, a year before his mentor's downfall during the Tiananmen Square protests. He now works at a Japanese university. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1553600/mainland-china-growth-rates-dont-add
  8. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Joining trade pact to boost China growth

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

    ... the 12 nations currently negotiating the TPP are expected to conclude an initial agreement before new members are admitted. The US and Japan said in April that there was "still much work ... standards and protection for companies that compete against government-backed businesses. If China joins the TPP, Ma sees industries including textiles, apparel and electronic equipment benefiting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1539896/joining-trade-pact-boost-china-growth
  9. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Outsized conglomerates weigh on Korea's growth

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 02:37am by William Pesek

    ... Japan's living standards. None looms larger than the country's domineering chaebol. Making the rounds in South Korea last week, I heard over and over how small and mid-size enterprises ... Lee Kun-hee and the heads of nine other chaebol to implore them to increase investment. The implicit quid pro quo: new regulations would not hurt their interests. As she works to drive Korea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1539898/outsized-conglomerates-weigh-koreas-growth
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - ECONOMY

    French economist's long-forgotten demand theory gets its due after new US policy

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 01:20pm by STEVE HANKE

    ... the alleged importance of fiscal policy withers away, too. Contrary to what the standard textbooks have taught us and what that pundits repeat ad nauseam, consumption is not the big elephant ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1543497/french-economists-long-forgotten-demand-theory-gets-its-due

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