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Business 18 Oct 2007 | 12:00 AM

China a strong buffer

The US subprime problem will not be catastrophic because central banks andmonetary policy have become more sophisticated and anticipatory. Sources of USeconomic growth have also broadened due to the change in forces shaping the globaleconomic structure. One of the most important forces is the rise of China

Business 17 Oct 2007 | 12:00 AM

Growing concerns over sovereign wealth funds

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have been drawing criticism since late July when it emerged that Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd and China Development Bank would invest US$18.5bil and US$13.5bil respectively in Barclays.

Business 03 Oct 2007 | 12:00 AM

Greenspan expects rethinking on CDOs

Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said there will be 'some rethinking'' of collateralised debt obligations after demand for them helped fuel the collapse of the US subprime mortgage market.

Business 22 Sep 2007 | 12:00 AM

European stocks end higher

European stocks edged upwards Friday led by automobile and oil stocks as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and ABN Amro reiterated their positive stance on equities

Business 21 Sep 2007 | 12:00 AM

European stocks close lower

European stocks fell Thursday relinquishing some of their gains as financial stocks saw a reversal led by Germany's Deutsche Bank which said its 3rd-quarter earnings would be hurt by market turbulence.

Business 21 Sep 2007 | 12:00 AM

Rate cut by other nations depends on state of economy

The US Federal Reserve's (Fed) move to cut its funds target rate by 50 basis points marks an interest rate easing cycle for the US economy but that is not necessarily so for other global economies.

Business 19 Sep 2007 | 12:00 AM

Global markets rally after US Fed's rate cut sparks Wall Street

Global stock markets rallied Wednesday in the wake of Wall Street's overnight surge spurred by the U.S. Federal Reserve's larger-than-expected interest rate cut.

Business 19 Sep 2007 | 12:00 AM

Bank of Japan holds rates steady

TOKYO (AP) - The Bank of Japan kept its benchmark interest rate steady Wednesday as investors in Tokyo sent Japanese stocks soaring in reaction to a bigger-than-expected cut in U.S. rates overnight.

Business 17 Sep 2007 | 12:00 AM

Chaos and subprime chill

Panic follows mania as night follows day. The credit crunch from the subprime crisis, which broke early August has spread at a manic pace, impacting supposedly safer markets and asset classes.

Business 11 Sep 2007 | 12:00 AM

Global fiscal weakness

THE current turmoil in the global financial markets caused by the US subprime problem has thrown up an underlying structural problem in the global economy, said Prof Michael Spence of Stanford University.