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  1. Fed's free-candy policy doesn't treat the disease

    Posted Mar 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The financial turmoil sparked by the subprime crisis in the US has claimed its biggest scalp yet- the 85-year-old Wall Street icon Bear Stearns. The news that Bear had been sold to Wall Street competitor JPMorgan Chase for a bargain basement price after a bailout from the US Federal Reserve sent markets around the region into free fall yesterday. The slump in markets came ...

  2. Fed cuts seen sending prime rate tumbling towards 5.5pc

    Posted Jan 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan The US Federal Reserve may cut rates by as much as 125 basis points this year if the credit market remains tight, say analysts, who believe that could in turn bring Hong ... half. 'The US may cut rates as much as 125 basis points this year, if the credit market sees no further improvement and is unresponsive to the Fed's efforts,' said Joe Lo, ...

  3. HK mortgage rates to rise even if Fed cuts

    Posted Sep 07th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... funds rate to end the year at 4.75 or even 4.5 per cent, down from 5.25 per cent now. Usually the prospect of US interest rate cuts would be good news for Hong Kong borrowers. Our exchange rate peg to the US dollar means that- in theory at least- our interest rates march in lockstep with US rates. A reduction in US interest rates would normally mean a corresponding cut in Hong Kong ...

  4. Rates shackle runaway sales

    Posted Oct 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on growing concerns about the United States Federal Reserve's tightening of monetary policy to tackle unexpectedly high inflation in the US. Until last week, most homebuyers in Hong Kong were expecting a more modest 50 to 75 basis point increase, economists said. 'Anybody who thought the US interest rates had peaked is suffering from wishful thinking,' said Credit Suisse First ...

  5. Prime lending rates head for 7.25pc

    Posted Aug 09th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... rate by another 0.25 per cent tonight, raising their prime lending rates by the same margin, to 6.75 per cent, bankers said. And any further increases in US rates by Fed chairman Alan Greenspan ... rate had returned to normal. Meanwhile, local lenders who earlier said they expected increases in US rates to stop once the Fed funds rate reached 3.75 per cent, have revised their forecasts. ...

  6. Mainland IPOs now in choppy waters

    Posted Apr 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... largest market for offerings. In the first quarter of this year, the mainland's listing market remained strong, with 89 firms netting a combined US$15.84 billion. The money raised ...

  7. Wise heads reap benefits of doing their research

    Posted May 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Retail investors often rush to buy stocks or invest in financial instruments without proper research. Strategists say it is imperative that retail investors know about the products or stocks they are buying. Research by a regional bank proves this point. ...

  8. Founder Securities in 10b yuan IPO

    Posted May 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 10 billion yuan on the market, analysts said. Founder, the 16th largest mainland brokerage, said it would use the proceeds to expand outlets and bolster its investment banking business ...

  9. ICBC, brokerage find overseas partners

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

    ... ICBC's new fund, raised from a listing worth US$475 million, was designed to seek competitive total returns under different market conditions while investing in fixed-income vehicles and equities ... an international business platform,' it said. Shenzhen-based China Merchants was preparing for a public offering, company chairman Gong Shaolin said in August. Francis Lun Sheung-nim, general manager ...

  10. Backing consumer rights is good for business

    Posted Jul 30th 2010, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan More Hongkongers today demand better consumer protection, and the business community should accept this as something that will benefit all in the years ahead. ... the industry. This would bring insurance into line with the banking and securities industries and with international practice. Those of us in the sector generally support the idea. It would cost us ...




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