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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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