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  1. US slump, soaring costs dim business sentiment

    Posted Apr 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Al Guo in Beijing Mainland businesses lowered their overall economic expectations in the first quarter, a sign that manufacturers and service providers are feeling the bite of a slowdown in the United States economy and soaring raw material prices. The China business prosperity index released by the National Bureau of Statistics yesterday dropped 7.4 points to 136.2 in the first ...

  2. Making business fair

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... suppliers not to supply a smaller company.- Abusive behaviour Example: If a big company cuts its prices so that a smaller company is forced out of business.- Mergers Mergers are when companies buy ... legislation allowed competition laws to be more flexible and more general to cope with a rapidly changing business world. This model is now used as a blueprint for competition laws around the world. ...

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    Hong Kong feels effect of US stimulus moves

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Despite assurances, the US stimulus efforts have pushed cash back into the emerging markets, and into the Chinese asset markets especially Hong Kong feels the effect ... of affordable housing. "If the US Federal Reserve does what many analysts expect next week and announces a new round of quantitative easing … it is likely that a fresh influx of liquidity ...

  4. US rolls out welcome mat for Chinese

    Posted Jul 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... 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 ... in terms of spending,' said Lamb-Hale. 'Our national tourism strategy was recently released, and China was named as a focus of that strategy.' The US government hopes to generate ...

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

    Posted Apr 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the US dollar's international role, this decline has actually reinforced its ubiquity. Non-US businesses have queued up to borrow in US dollars, attracted by the prospect of reducing ... Tom Holland It's become almost an article of faith that structural weakness of the US dollar will accelerate the internationalisation of the yuan; as one declines, the other ...

  6. Local insurers seek exemption from US tax law

    Posted Jul 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Hong Kong insurers are the latest to oppose a proposed US tax law, and are seeking waivers to protect nine million local policies that could be affected by it. The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which will take effect from January, aims to prevent wealthy Americans from avoiding tax by requiring companies and banks to provide more detail ...

  7. U.S. may tap third round of bond buys

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com The US may be forced to launch a third round of bond purchases to stimulate its faltering economy within six months, as the European Union's deepening debt crisis will probably impede a US recovery, says a senior manager at Swiss private bank Lombard Odier. Philip Jehle, managing director of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (Asia), the Asian unit ...

  8. Flood control

    Posted May 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... It wasn't what Asia, or indeed Hong Kong, wanted to hear. When Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, faced the media last week, he suggested that America's central bank will stay its course. Interest rates will thus remain at record lows until the US economy shows more convincing signs of a lasting turnaround. That may take some time. Data just released ...

  9. HK's stock market should withstand the end of QE2

    Posted Apr 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... With less than three months to go before the US Federal Reserve is due to turn off its printing presses and end the second round of its 'quantitative easing' stimulus policy, ... by buying up US government debt, the great flood tide of liquidity that has swept into Asian markets will begin to ebb, and that local asset prices will sink, with the Hang Seng index surrendering ...

  10. More super-rich in E Asia than US

    Posted Mar 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com The distribution of the world's super-rich is shifting, with the number of people in East Asia owning at least US$100 million in assets surpassing North ... in the number of ultra-wealthy individuals last year,' the wealth report said. There were 63,000 people worldwide with US$100 million or more in assets, equivalent to a 29 per cent increase since ...




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