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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. Banks surprise market with cut in interest rates

    Posted Sep 20th 2007, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... borrowing costs, local banks slashed their best lending rates 25 basis points, the first such reduction in 10 months. Still, it was less than a bigger than expected cut of 50 basis points by the US ... rates generally march in tandem with those in the US due to the local dollar's peg to the greenback, but this time some investors expected local banks to hold off amid high liquidity ...

  3. Following Fed rate action counterproductive move

    Posted Aug 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Leland Sun

    ... the market by reducing the rate at which it charges banks to borrow from it- the discount rate. However, more noticeably and much less understood, the US central bank provided additional borrowing ... assets into highly rated securities. In the months to come, the global market will turn its attention from subprime mortgages and begin bracing for the next wave of bad news- a further rise in US ...

  4. Robust market may be living on its nerves for a while yet

    Posted May 08th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... high above 17,000 points, propelled partly by fresh hopes that the rate rises were nearly over. Once again, they may prove premature. This Wednesday, the US Federal Open Market Committee ... Bernanke, to raise the benchmark short-term US interest rate by 0.25 of a percentage point to 5 per cent. After that, they think the Fed will stop, holding steady at its meetings next month ...

  5. HK will feel the pain if the Fed keeps raising interest rates

    Posted Mar 30th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... The Federal Reserve clearly flagged another upward move at its last monetary policy meeting at the end of January. And Hong Kong's 'currency board' exchange rate peg to the US dollar ... was the Fed's failure on Tuesday to signal any end to the cycle of interest rate increases. After 15 consecutive rises, which have now jacked the US benchmark short-term interest rate up to 4.75 per ...

  6. Flood control

    Posted May 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Frederic Neumann 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 ...

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

    Posted Apr 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... with Tom Holland 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' ... 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 ...

  8. Battered investors wonder what Fed can do

    Posted Mar 17th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... their losses after markets abroad seemed increasingly shaky. Last week, the US dollar hit a 12-year low against the yen, gold and oil prices rose, and a Carlyle Group mortgage-bond fund defaulted. The US central bank halted a freefall in global equity markets in January when it slashed its key interest rate by a cumulative 125 basis points in just a little more than a week. ...

  9. Recession watch

    Posted Nov 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fed intervenes to cut rates and rescue economy- not the dollar Asia's recovery from its financial crisis of 1997/98 was significantly helped by the 45-year low of US interest rates. In 13 successive cuts, the US Federal Reserve drove rates down to 1 per cent in June 2004 after the US economy sank into recession in 2001. The easy credit ignited by this policy led ...

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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 ...




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