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IMF: Hong Kong faces housing risks as Fed tightening looms

HONG KONG: Stretched property valuations mean Hong Kong’s economy is vulnerable if interest rates rise faster than expected, the International Monetary Fund said.

Business

Double whammy slams HK developers, stock rally fades

HONG KONG: Hong Kong developer stocks have gone from being the top performers to the worst, slammed by home price curbs and the expectation of rate hikes following Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election.

Forex

Goldman sees Hong Kong dollar at weak end of band on Fed

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong dollar’s strength is likely to be short-lived, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Business

British economy escapes Brexit 'bomb', for now

London: The overwhelming view from economists is that it is too early to know how Britain will cope with years of Brexit uncertainty - but there is a growing belief the country can avoid a recession that only weeks ago was regarded as likely.

Business

Stocks ease, dollar holds ground as US rate bets abound

LONDON: Stocks slipped on Wednesday while the dollar continued to claw back last week's losses as investors grappled with the prospect of a U.S. interest rate increase in the months ahead coming amid continued uncertainty about the strength of the global economy.

Business

‘Pride of Africa’ tries to stop a long fall

NAIROBI: When Kenya Airways published the country’s worst-ever corporate results last month, the scale of the loss revealed the effects of several disastrous decisions that the national carrier is struggling to reverse.

Business

On bull market brink, Citi sees commodity gains as Goldman jeers

NEW YORK: Commodity bulls, it might finally be time to exhale.

Economy

Subdued emerging markets growth will weigh on global growth

KUALA LUMPUR: Subdued growth in major emerging markets will weigh on global growth in 2016. That said, economic activity is anticipated to pick up 2.9% from 2.4% growth in 2015 as advanced economies gain speed, according to the World Bank.

Business

Turkey regulator sees surge in IPO interest

ISTANBUL: Turkish companies are again considering initial public offerings (IPOs) as a means to raise funds as debt financing becomes more expensive after the US Federal Reserve started raising interest rates, according to the head of the country’s capital markets authority.

Business

BoK says policy will be easy in 2016, governor warns of imbalances

SEOUL: South Korea’s central bank will maintain an accommodative policy stance for now to support a fragile economic recovery, the bank said even as its governor warned that keeping monetary conditions loose for long has increased financial imbalances.