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  • Jun. 20, 2012, 4:01 AM

    Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan are likely to take Asia's biggest economic hit in the event of a Grexit or a eurozone collapse, writes Credit Suisse economist Robert Prior-Wandesforde, as those are the region’s most open or export-dependent economies. A Grexit could knock 2.2-2.3 percentage points off of GDP, while a eurozone implosion would shave off 4.6-6.7%.

    | Jun. 20, 2012, 4:01 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 14, 2012, 3:14 AM

    China's growth forecast was lowered by Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to 7.7-8.0% and 7.9-8.2% respectively. The predictions indicate the weakest growth since 1999 as corporate profits fall and deflation looms. To unleash productivity gains, the government should break monopolies in banking and utilities, open the services industry, and deregulate interest rates and the exchange rate, suggests Credit Suisse. (previously)

    | Jun. 14, 2012, 3:14 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 12, 2012, 7:26 AM

    Shanghai continues to slide, -0.7%, and off about 7% in the last month. Leading last night's decline were the steel producers after Baoshan Steel - the country's 2nd largest - slashed prices in the face of slowing demand. (China's mountains of iron ore)

    | Jun. 12, 2012, 7:26 AM
  • Jun. 11, 2012, 12:04 PM

    "China is a kleptocracy of a scale never seen before in human history," writes John Hempton, fueled by rapid growth from moving peasants to factories and astoundingly high negative real interest rates. Amazingly, low inflation could be the trigger to end it, as this would force corrupt state-owned businesses to borrow at positive real rates - a scenario they cannot withstand.

    | Jun. 11, 2012, 12:04 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 8, 2012, 9:56 AM
    Chinese regulators are reportedly limiting access to corporate filings after a series of incidents in which short-sellers used the information in said filings to deduce accounting irregularities and outright fraud. Sounds like a plan.
    | Jun. 8, 2012, 9:56 AM | 6 Comments
  • Jun. 7, 2012, 8:25 AM
    China's rate cut means this weekend's data dump is going to be very bad, says Bloomberg's Michael McDonough, who adds the move implies more substantial measures to help growth are coming. Allowing banks to offer a 20% discount to the official rate suggests the country is moving closer to interest rate liberalization.
    | Jun. 7, 2012, 8:25 AM
  • Jun. 7, 2012, 7:42 AM

    More on the PBOC rate cut: It's the first reduction since the depths of 2008's financial crisis, and follows on the heels of China's banking regulator delaying for a year stricter bank capital rules. Beijing has also been seen fast-tracking previously tied-up infrastructure projects. Amidst a strong worldwide rally yesterday, shares in Shanghai fell 0.7%. The slowdown clearly has Beijing's attention.

    | Jun. 7, 2012, 7:42 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 7, 2012, 7:16 AM
    More on the China rate cut: The 1-year lending rate is now 6.31%, the 1-year deposit rate is now 3.25%. Another easing move, banks will now be allowed to offer loans at a 20% discount from the benchmark rate, whereas before they were allowed just 10%. (PBOC statement)
    | Jun. 7, 2012, 7:16 AM
  • Jun. 5, 2012, 9:08 AM

    The sharp lending slowdown in China looks to have reversed, with the big 4 banks loaning ¥253B for May after pumping out just ¥34B through the month's first 20 days. It's especially interesting combined with another story suggesting Beijing is fast-tracking infrastructure projects, whether they're really needed or not.

    | Jun. 5, 2012, 9:08 AM
  • Jun. 4, 2012, 3:18 AM
    Asian markets get walloped, with weak China data compounding Friday's U.S. sell-off. Hong Kong -2.3% to 18130. China -2.7% to 2309. India -0.8% to 15835. In Tokyo, the Nikkei -1.7% to 8296, while the broader Topix fell as much as 2.2% earlier, hitting lows not seen since at least 1985.
    | Jun. 4, 2012, 3:18 AM | 2 Comments
  • May 31, 2012, 1:25 AM
    Chinese stocks will keep rising, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index poised to add 15% by year-end as slowing inflation gives the government room to loosen monetary policy and allows for bank lending to pick up, according to Beijing Gao Hua Securities Co, Goldman Sachs' China partner.
    | May 31, 2012, 1:25 AM | 3 Comments
  • May 30, 2012, 10:46 AM

    While the headlines talk about Beijing's resistance to fiscal stimulus, the government approves a proposal allowing significantly greater bond issuance by the Railway Ministry. Investment in railways has plunged this year as the system is plagued with high debt and losses amidst corruption, overbuilding, and other boondoggles.

    | May 30, 2012, 10:46 AM
  • May 29, 2012, 10:40 AM

    After getting their heads beat in for the last year, China bulls are getting even more delusional, writes the Also Sprach Analyst. The greatest cognitive dissonance is from those who rail against money printing and fiscal stimulus in the west believing it's a panacea in the Middle Kingdom. Update: China has already engaged in massive money printing and stimulus.

    | May 29, 2012, 10:40 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 29, 2012, 7:08 AM
    Beijing has no intention of rolling out a 2008-style stimulus package, according to a report from the official Xinhua News Agency. "The Chinese government's intention is very clear ... the current efforts for stabilizing growth will not repeat old way of three years ago."
    | May 29, 2012, 7:08 AM | 4 Comments
  • May 24, 2012, 7:22 AM

    More on China's HSBC PMI: Along with a decline in the headline number were falls in both input and output costs, perhaps giving greater scope for easier monetary policy (full report). Remember, this report covers smaller, privately-owned firms as opposed to the official PMI, where the companies have state support and better access to credit.

    | May 24, 2012, 7:22 AM
  • May 21, 2012, 1:08 AM

    Premier Wen Jiabao's pledge on Chinese growth "will be a support for the market when we see clear signs of it," says portfolio manager Shintaro Takeuchi. In the meantime, speculation about increased stimulus is providing only a modest boost to stocks as eurozone concerns continue. Japan +0.4%. Hong Kong -0.2%. China +0.3%. India +0.5%.

    | May 21, 2012, 1:08 AM
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