Australian home loans were up 2% in February,and those in arrears were at their lowest since December 2010.Indeed,people were paying their loans off several months ahead of time.
The Bank of Japan will continue with its easing programme until we achieve the inflation target of 2 %,said BOJ chief Haruhiko Kuroda.
Hong Kong air pollution was very high at all three roadside monitoring stations.
China GDP growth was disappointing,coming in at 7.7%,versus the 8.0% estimate.Asian shares declined in response in early Monday trading,with the MSCI Asia Pacific index heading down 0.37%.
China's mass consumption is basically stable,said Pu Yonghao of UBS Wealth Management.Corporate investment is weak,however,as is real estate and government investment because of government policies.UBS downgraded China to neutral in response,along with Brazil,India and Russia,which also underperformed.
On the other hand,UBS favours South Korea because of Samsung's success.The Korean colour is basically Samsung's colour.China has to push up innovation and regain pricing power.It's their brand.
In golf,the Australians made a concerted push at The Masters tournament in Augusta,Georgia as Adam Scott bested Argentina's Angel Cabrera in a playoff to take the coveted green jacket,the highest honour in professional golf.Scott and his fellow countrymen Jason Day and Marc Leishman played like men possessed all weekend.They would no longer be denied the prize that had eluded them forever.
At the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix near Shanghai,Spain's Fernando Alonso captured first place,while Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Great Britain's Lewis Hamilton took second and third,respectively.There were nine lead changes by six different leaders in the action-packed race that filled the stands of Shanghai International Circuit with flag-waving fans.
The overall F1 points leader is World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany,who finished fourth.His team Red Bull-Renault leads in the constructor's standings.
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