The world was a better place before the global financial crisis, but it was not perfect. People may now gloss over the fact that, before the crisis, Asia was in the grips of an inflation scare. Oil prices were soaring.Monday, 23 July, 2012, 12:00am
The central government has cut fuel prices for the third time in as many months to reflect lower crude costs, while analysts expect a long-awaited pricing reform to be rolled out later this year that would benefit loss-making oil refiners.11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
The latest increase in the mainland's heavily regulated petrol prices has thrust a Zhejiang university student into the national spotlight.
Asked by a television reporter doing street interviews in Jiaxing how he felt about the 6 per cent rise, he replied: 'Can I use nasty words?'
Told he could not, he said that in that case he had nothing to say and walked off.7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Gold prices have begun firming in the past month or so, after Israel began threatening to launch air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
One of the few growth industries in these hard times is the investment punditry business, which seems to be expanding endlessly. Not a day passes without some fuss being made over an investment guru pontificating on where the markets are heading.6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
For years now it has been an article of faith among brokers and a good many investors that commodity prices can only climb higher.13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Consumer confidence in the economy remained stable in the second quarter, at 107 points, after a sharp surge in the first quarter of this year.
That was the latest finding by the Nielsen global online survey, which scores views from 1 to 200, with a score above 100 indicating optimism.17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Beijing's move to raise retail fuel prices is expected to ease the pressure on domestic refiners but may still not be enough to help them sail into profit in the face of high crude prices, according to analysts.8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
Oil refiner shares gained yesterday after Beijing lifted fuel prices for the first time in six months, as it sought to balance the need to keep refiners profitable and keep inflation in check amid rising crude oil prices.27 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
Normally, the word 'I' should have no place in a financial column like Monitor. But once a year I make an exception to the rule, looking back at the columns I've written over the last 12 months and seeing what I got right and where I went wrong.19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am