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Global economy

World leading economies to see drop in debt

The world's leading economies will have US$220 billion less sovereign debt to refinance this year, cutting supply after every major government bond market rallied for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis.

Thursday, 3 January, 2013, 4:36am

'Grimmest days over' for Hong Kong's office leasing market

After a sharp fall in rentals in the core Central district, the worst for Hong Kong's office leasing market is over, property consultants say.

They expect demand to pick up gradually amid growing expectations that the global economy will stabilise this year.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:24am

Stock markets rally despite global economic malaise

You had perfectly good reasons for being cowardly about the stock market in 2012, but caution didn't serve you well.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:24am

Fraying at the edges

Globalisation is all about creating a single, seamless world where national boundaries diminish in significance in the interests of economic freedom and greater opportunities for all.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:24am

Yuan gains tipped to run out of puff next year

The yuan is expected to strengthen only slightly next year as appreciation dynamics, including the mainland's export competitiveness, lose steam.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Quantitative easing and macro factors keys to investment success

The American comedian Will Rogers provided sage advice about investing: "Don't gamble. Take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don't go up, don't buy it."

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Global year-end sales sluggish

Year-end sales globally were roughly the same as last year, with the mainland and other emerging markets doing better than the US, Europe and Japan.

Such sales have become a valuable pointer to retail business patterns in the year ahead, according to Daniel Poon, principal economist of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Slower but sure growth ahead for retail property

Growth in retail property rents and prices will slow next year, according to landlords and analysts, but the sector will outperform other property types.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Let's not pay an even bigger price for political failure

Growth in the world economy subsided in 2012. The expansion since 2009 has been a bitter disappointment because much of the slack created by the recession remains. With so much idle capacity, a chance exists for robust growth next year, but only if governments raise their game.

28 Dec 2012 - 4:14am

A prayer for 2013

These are perilous economic and financial times. Leading dogmatic US politicians are determined to drive their country over the fiscal cliff, at the risk of tipping their nation and the ailing Western world into renewed recession with potentially devastating effects for the rest of the globe.

28 Dec 2012 - 4:14am