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Business 26 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

RUBBER-Tokyo futures hit 7-1/2 month high on weak yen

TOKYO: Key TOCOM rubber futures extended gains for a third day on Wednesday to their highest level in more than seven-and-a-half months, jolted by a weaker yen on growing hopes for further monetary easing in Japan.

Business 25 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Greece not doing enough against rich tax dodgers, say EU/IMF

ATHENS: Greece's drive to crack down on flagrant tax evaders such as doctors and lawyers is flagging and must be reinvigorated, a report by the European Union and International Monetary Fund said on Monday.

Business 25 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Yen on defensive on US fiscal worry, helps Nikkei

TOKYO: Uncertainty over whether U.S. lawmakers will strike a deal by an end-of-year deadline to avert a severe fiscal retrenchment undermined the yen and bolstered Japanese shares, but trading volume was low with many participants on Christmas holiday.

Business 25 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Ringgit to appreciate against US$ in new year

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit is expected to see marginal appreciation against the US dollar next year buoyed by steady internal and external growth forecast, analysts said.

Business 25 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

S&P cuts Egypt rating on political strife

CAIRO: Standard Poors' cut Egypt's long-term credit rating on Monday and said another downgrade was possible if deepening political turbulence undermines efforts to prop up the economy and public finances.

Business 22 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Shadow banking ... or ghosts in the machine?

IN 2007, bond market guru Bill Gross coined the term “shadow banking” to illustrate the role of non-bank institutions in creating money-like credit that could implode and affect the traditional banking system.

Business 22 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Treasury Pulse

US fiscal cliff came back again to haunt the markets.

Business 21 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Bank of Japan boosts stimulus again

TOKYO: The Bank of Japan delivered its third shot of monetary stimulus in four months in a prelude to more aggressive action next year as it faces intensifying pressure from the countrys next leader for bolder action to beat deflation.

Business 21 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

HKMA investigates UBS

HONG KONG: Hong Kongs de facto central bank said it would probe UBS over possible rigging of the financial hubs interbank rate, a day after the Swiss giant agreed to pay a huge fine over the Libor scandal.

Business 20 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Irish PM eyes debt deal, full market return in 2013

DUBLIN: Ireland expects to return fully to bond markets late next year but needs a deal on easing its bank debt to make sure it can successfully exit its international bailout, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said.