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China signals tighter credit ahead

China signals tighter credit ahead

(ATF) Commercial banks in China kept the rates they charge corporates and home owners unchanged as signs emerged quantitative controls on lending would be the preferred monetary policy tool.China kept its benchmark lending rate for corporate and household loans unchanged for an 11th straight month at its March fixing on …

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Inflation fears return to haunt China bonds

Inflation fears return to haunt China bonds

(ATF) Returns on a key China bond index slid Thursday in line with Asian stock markets as concern that inflation will rise returned to haunt investors.Financial bonds gained after Hong Kong’s financial chief said he hoped to see the launch this year of a scheme to give mainland investors grater …

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Central banks 'should shut their mouth and open their wallets'

Central banks should 'shut their mouth and open their wallets'

(ATF) The surge in bond yields across the world has hammered equity valuations and risks cutting off credit to those who need it most in a nascent economic recovery.While some central banks have already acted to contain the fallout, more could follow as the economic rebound faces roadblocks in the …

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Rates sell-off spooks markets  

Rates sell-off spooks markets  

(ATF) Hong Kong: Asian markets were hammered by investor concerns that central banks could be behind the curve in raising interest rates with the prospects for a surge in US consumer spending after the White House announced a major vaccine programme.The US plan to vaccinate every adult by the end …

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Australia to continue stimulus 'for years', says central bank head

Australia to continue stimulus 'for years', says central bank head

(ATF) Australia will need to maintain "very significant monetary support" for several years, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the country's top central banker said on Wednesday.The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) held its cash rate at a record low 0.1% at its first policy meeting of the year …

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Calm waters expected in China bonds markets

Calm waters expected in China bonds markets

(ATF) Central bank interest rate announcements are unlikely to have much impact on China credits this week, with policy makers expected to hold monetary policy during the global downturn.Better news on Covid vaccines has already fed into the nation’s non-sovereign bond markets, with the benchmark ATF China Bond 50 Index …

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Markets this week: Central bank rate decisions, vaccine news

Markets this week: Central bank rate decisions, vaccine news

(ATF) Economic events: Financial markets this week will remain focused on the outcome of stimulus talks in the US even as House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there is a possibility the negotiations could get stretched to Christmas.The undertone remains firm, despite US-China tensions, as vaccine-related news raises the …

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Look beyond US tech stocks and find value in Asia

Look beyond US tech stocks and find value in Asia

(ATF) Given the extensive economic damage created by the Covid-19 pandemic, it may seem strange that global stock markets are near record highs. This is largely explained by a stunning recovery in the shares of leading technology companies, especially those in the US and China.Three factors are behind the rally …

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