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  1. Dwindling supply of domestic units alarming

    Posted Mar 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Koh Keng-shing The government's high land prices are inhibiting development, despite a predicted rise in need during the next two years A worrying drop in the number of domestic units coming on the market is indicated in market forecasts for this year and the next. The Rating and Valuation Department has predicted that the supply of private domestic units in 2006 and 2007 ...

  2. State units may default on loans of 4.7tr yuan

    Posted Jun 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... government finance platforms (LGFP) that thrived following the outbreak of the global financial crisis in 2008. About 70 per cent of the state's 4 trillion yuan stimulus package was shouldered by local governments and state-owned enterprises, analysts said. While the biggest risk to the credit quality of listed mainland banks is related to these finance vehicles, the bulk of the exposure ...

  3. Even without a US default, there's lots to worry about

    Posted Jul 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... if the fractious politicians in Washington fail to agree on an extension of the United States government's US$14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the US Treasury's deadline on Tuesday. Just a few weeks ... of the US Constitution, the government is legally obliged to honour its debts. Of course, even if the bickering parties in Washington do manage to cobble together a deal, it is still likely ...

  4. Clock ticking on a global implosion

    Posted Jun 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Rafferty Just when you thought global economic news could not get gloomier, it did. Poor unemployment figures from the United States on Friday along with fresh news of uncertainty ... the US too close to European-style 'socialism', and Romney will try to shrink the state that imposes taxes on freedom and threatens enterprise. He also has little sympathy ...

  5. Strong US dollar may be what starts yuan's global rise

    Posted Apr 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... never go anywhere near the United States. When Japan buys oil from Saudi Arabia, it pays in US dollars. And when a Chinese producer ships electronic gizmos to Europe, it gets paid in US ... Research, recent wage inflation means that China has now lost almost all the advantage in unit labour costs gained against the US since 1994. If the trend continues, manufacturing in the US ...

  6. Good reasons to be scared

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Rafferty It was surely one of the quotes of the year: 'I am worried and I am scared, not just as a fund manager, but as a father.' If Mohamed El-Erian, who controls US$1.34 trillion in assets under management as chief executive of Pimco, i ...

  7. That sinking feeling

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Hong Kong's pensioners can expect to suffer the effects of headwinds from Europe and United States debt crisis. Fund managers say Hongkongers should expect their pension funds to be on the losing side by the end of this year mainly as a result of sharp falls in the equity markets in recent months. The sell-off in global stock markets in August and September was a direct result ...

  8. Beijing warns of 'trade war' over US currency bill

    Posted Oct 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... legislation was dangerous. 'I think it's pretty dangerous to be moving legislation through the United States Congress forcing someone to deal with the value of their currency. This is well ... 'seriously violated rules of the World Trade Organisation'. Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang said the United States was trying to pass on the blame for its own failings. 6.38 The yuan ...

  9. The only way up

    Posted Sep 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in a typical recovery. Housing prices remain depressed. The stock market is still way below its high point before the 2008 recession. The most troubling sign is the anaemic state of the labour market, ... on a long-term austerity course- at all levels of society, from individuals to state and federal governments. Unfortunately, austerity means scaled-down economic activities and slower growth. ...

  10. US rolls out welcome mat for Chinese

    Posted Jul 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Anita Lam anita.lam@scmp.com The United States government is betting on an expected influx of mainland tourists to boost its economy and employment in the next four years. Returning from a China visit to promote Washington's latest initiatives on trade, investment and tourism, Nicole Lamb-Hale, US assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing and services, said China ...




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