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China monetary tightening pressure eases off

Pressure on Beijing to tighten monetary policy and macroeconomic controls is easing as inflation will be "relatively low" this month due to slowing food-price gains, central bank adviser Song Guoqing said yesterday.

Sunday, 3 March, 2013, 5:35am

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

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Q3 profit falls 19pc on lower turnover

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, which operates the local stock market and futures market, reported a drop in third-quarter profit of 19 per cent amid lower market turnover, with analysts saying its fourth-quarter outlook is also far from rosy.

8 Nov 2012 - 4:22am

Hong Kong takes dollar down a peg

As is well known, United States Fed Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke announced a third round of quantitative easing (QE3) in September, and then the Hong Kong dollar did exactly what it has done the two previous rounds of QE: trade at the bottom of its band against the US dollar at HK$7.75.

5 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

Commodities prices reaching the end of a bumper run

The biggest advances in commodities this year may be over because of mounting concern that policymakers are not doing enough to bolster economic growth at a time when producers are expanding supply.

21 Sep 2012 - 2:46am

The real extent of China's economic hard landing

The cynical explanation for the rash of anti-Japanese demonstrations that spread across China this week is that Beijing encouraged the protests, or at least allowed them to go ahead, in order to take people's minds off what is going on at home.

23 Sep 2012 - 8:03am 5 comments

Slack demand hits Japan's exports for third month

Japan's exports fell for a third month in the year to August while manufacturing sentiment hit its lowest since February - more evidence that slackening global demand is taking its toll on the export-reliant economy.

21 Sep 2012 - 2:46am

Bernanke may have hidden agenda in printing money

When US Federal Reserve chairman Bill Bernanke announced his latest exercise in money printing last Thursday, he said he would keep the presses running until the US job market begins to improve.

17 Sep 2012 - 2:15am

No deal after tough talks by Minimum Wage Commission

Workers earning the HK$28 per hour minimum wage will have to wait to hear if they can expect a pay rise this year after a review panel failed to reach any conclusions during a tough all-day meeting.

It comes as a survey showed the vast majority of Hongkongers wanted to see a big increase in the minimum wage.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:03am

Checking in for a travel boom

Soaring numbers of Chinese tourists packed onto flights out of the country is a sure sign that a fast-growing consumer class of about 130 million is not worried that the likely slowest year of economic growth since 1999 will sap their spending power.

21 Aug 2012 - 2:00am