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  1. Business - Economy - REGULATION

    US central bank faces an economic balancing act

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:08am by DAVID BROWN

    ... and to the central bank winding down its bond-buying programme. Both headline and core consumer price inflation are already back at the Fed's 2 per cent target and the underlying trend is pointing ... David Brown US Federal Reserve faces the delicate task of keeping the markets happy to stimulate growth while also withdrawing monetary stimulus Economic balancing The US Federal Reserve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1538532/us-central-bank-faces-economic-balancing-act
  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    New Zealand central bank puts rates on hold after run of increases

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:35am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Wellington Reserve Bank raises key interest rate to3.5 per cent, spurring fall in NZ dollar NZ rates seen on hold after latest rise New Zealand's central bank lifted its ... Bank of New Zealand's fourth consecutive rise in as many policy meetings, taking the rate from 2.5 per cent in March to July's 3.5 per cent. "It is prudent there now be a period ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1558533/new-zealand-central-bank-puts-rates-hold-after-run
  3. Business - Economy

    Singapore's economy on track for 2 to 4 pc growth, says central bank

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:35am by Reuters

    ... helped by factors such as improving global demand, the central bank said. Quarter-on-quarter growth is likely to see a "modest pick-up" in the second half after a slowdown over ... Menon said the central bank had lowered its 2014 forecast range for headline inflation to 1.5 to 2.0 per cent from the previous 1.5 to 2.5 per cent, adding that inflation was falling due ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1558525/singapores-economy-track-2-4-pc-growth-says-central-bank
  4. Business - China Business - E-COMMERCE

    Central bank sends mixed signals on online payments

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:18am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Chinese demand drove its value to more than US$1,200 last November. In December, the central bank banned state banks from trading the currency, but also signalled it would establish a regulatory ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com Central bank sends mixed signals on payments as it seeks to tighten regulations over industry PBOC perplexedby new payment technologies A quiet tussle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1556884/central-bank-sends-mixed-signals-online-payments
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Central banks ought to rein it in

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 12:40pm by Andrew Sheng

    ... Andrew Sheng Andrew Sheng says central banks must choose austerity or risk exacerbating structural problems Loose fiscal and monetary policy won't lead us out of debt, but reforms can ... Here's the rub. We got out of the crisis only because there was exceptionally loose fiscal policy and incredibly unconventional monetary policy. Central bank balance sheets are now US$20 trillion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1546421/central-banks-ought-rein-it
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTMENT

    Transparency needed in central banks' equity buying binge

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 09:57am by David Marsh

    ... a new, comprehensive survey of US$29.1 trillion worth of investments held by 400 public-sector institutions in 162 countries. The report focuses on investments by 157 central banks, 156 public ... European companies. Another large public-sector equity owner is the Swiss National Bank, with US$480 billion under management. The Swiss central bank had 15 per cent of its foreign exchange assets- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1533796/transparency-needed-central-banks-equity-buying-binge
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    European Central Bank may need to join the quantitative easing club

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 04:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Europe may need a stronger tonic The European Central Bank has finally moved to counter sluggish growth, persistently high unemployment and the threat of deflation ... rate to 0.15 per cent, from 0.25 per cent; charging commercial banks a 0.1 per cent interest rate on money they deposit at the central bank, in other words making them pay to park money there; ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1528949/european-central-bank-may-need-join-quantitative-easing-club
  8. Business - Economy - MONETARY POLICY

    Are central banks in emerging economies losing their nerve?

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 10:00am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... Nicholas Spiro Improved conditions bring varying approaches in Turkey, South Africa, India and Brazil Winds of change Central banks across a clutch of emerging markets are grappling ... central banks to throw caution to the wind, while dissuading others from taking the necessary measures to suppress inflation for fear of crimping growth further. Turkey's central bank, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1525751/are-central-banks-emerging-economies-losing-their-nerve
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central 'may hurt Beijing's confidence in Hong Kong as financial centre'

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:21am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... 'may hurt city's finance centre status' Beijing's confidence in Hong Kong as a financial centre could be shattered if the Occupy Central protests spiral out of control, the former head of the Monetary Authority warned yesterday. Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, who led the de facto central bank from 1993 to 2009, stopped short of saying state leaders would give up on the city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556936/occupy-central-may-hurt-beijings-confidence-hong-kong-financial
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    HSBC backtracks on Occupy Central as reason for downgrading Hong Kong’s outlook

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 11:22pm by Joyce Ng

    ... bank altered a report on why it downgraded the city's stock market prospects, after originally highlighting the risks posed to the city by Occupy Central. The original version ... Reserve could raise rates next year) and weak earnings momentum. "We also note recent concerns about negative news flow regarding the Occupy Central campaign." A bank spokesman refused ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1549269/hsbc-downgrades-outlook-hong-kong-economy-partly-occupy-central-fears

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