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Economics

Safe havens are now risky

Sovereign debt forms, or sovereign bonds, are one of the oldest types of investments and are considered one of the safest.

Sunday, 23 September, 2012, 10:22am

Focus on domestic matters

The growth of personal wealth on the mainland and the attractions for overseas investors will see its financial sector continuing to evolve along international lines.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:24am

Former RBS China chief financial officer questioned by police

A former chief financial officer with the Royal Bank of Scotland's China operations was recently questioned by police over suspected economic crimes.

According to three sources with knowledge of the matter, Edgar Zhi, formerly also of ABN Amro China, was investigated by police for alleged illegal actions, and it is unknown yet whether he had violated any Chinese laws.

21 Sep 2012 - 3:02am

Hong Kong buyers see homes as hedge against inflation, say analysts

The Hong Kong property market looks set to brush aside the latest policy measures aimed at slowing price increases as buyers turn to homes as a hedge against rising inflation, say analysts and estate agents.

19 Sep 2012 - 3:18am

Where to put your money

As China's economy bottoms out, both it and Indonesia make for safe - if unlikely - investment havens, writes Jeanny Yu.

18 Sep 2012 - 4:32pm

Talking points: corporate earnings

Buying equities based on hope - for example, the hope of a giant Fed intervention, which pushed up markets last week - is rarely a sound investment strategy.

17 Sep 2012 - 1:02am

QE3 will fuel property bubble, authorities must act to rein in prices

The failure of politicians to deal with America's economic problems has prompted the US Federal Reserve to adopt its most aggressive policy stance yet to spur recovery from recession. The Fed action will further exacerbate the hot money flow that has inflated asset values in Hong Kong and increases the risk of a property bubble bursting.

15 Sep 2012 - 5:16pm

Explaining why so many forecasts fail

Why did economists fail to predict the 2008-09 financial crisis? Why didn't seismologists see last year's Japanese earthquake coming? Why did US intelligence miss both September 11 and Pearl Harbour?

This clever book, written by a political and sports predictions expert, looks at the techniques behind predictions and explains why they generally fail. It's a neatly written work that is better researched and argued than its chatty, off-the-cuff style suggests.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:41am

Austerity measures lead to greater discontent

I refer to the letter by Samantha Datwani ("Austerity plan only option for euro zone", August 23).

To conclude her recommendations for the euro zone, your correspondent said that austerity measures "steer economies from running corporatism to an approximation of well-functioning capitalism". Not being familiar with the term, I won't comment on "running corporatism".

5 Sep 2012 - 12:10am

World economies on autopilot

It is ironic that at a time when we need leadership from our policymakers, they are unable to give us any. They are paid the big bucks for the big decisions but are taking the money and hiding. We are in a period of policymaker paralysis.

4 Sep 2012 - 10:08am