18 Jan '11, 5pm

Rising inflation seen in Asia

SINGAPORE : The inflation war in the region is far from over. Economists say that is because Asia is a primary importer of liquidity from the West, recently termed "QE2". But the question is, with rising inflation and strong liquidity inflows, will regional economies be able to keep dancing once the liquidity stops. In Asia, money has been gravitating towards assets, including properties. This has caused concerns of asset bubbles forming, and policy makers in the region have stepped in to take action. Experts noted that the liquidity has trickled down also to food and service prices in the first half of this year. Economists at United Overseas Bank are forecasting that inflation will grow by 3.8 per cent on-year in Singapore in the first quarter of 2011, and 4.9 per cent in China. Inflation is expected to continue in that region for the rest of the year. Jimmy Koh, first v...

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