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Investment limits lifted

The government freed domestic mutual funds to invest as much as they want abroad, 10 days after President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) announced limits on overseas investment in the stock market would be scrapped.

The central bank said it's revoking a rule that limited local mutual funds to a combined NT$160 billion (US$4.6 billion) of overseas investment as part of the government's deregulation of financial markets. The funds investments were about NT$7 billion below the limit.

ABN-Amro Asset Management Taiwan Ltd, Prudential Securities Investment Trust Co and JF Asset Management (Taiwan) Ltd are among the international fund managers operating in Taiwan.

Government approval will still be needed for domestic funds to invest overseas, the central bank said in a statement.

Yu promotes investment

With Motorola Inc and Intel Corp deciding to set up research and development centers in Taiwan, Premier Yu Shyi-kun said yesterday that foreign investors are optimistic about the nation's economy and, "this is the best time to invest in Taiwan."

Yu made the remarks when he attended the opening of a project sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Affairs to help small and medium-sized enterprises solicit talent.

Under the project, 24 cities and counties will set up service counters for local businesses to recruit personnel.

MasterCard releases forecast

Taiwan's economic growth will reach 3.8 percent this year and 5.5 percent next year, according to a forecast released Thursday by MasterCard International.

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong (王月魂), economic advisor for MasterCard International in the Asia-Pacific region, said Taiwan has strong momentum to boost its economy as the country has a well-educated workforce.

She suggested that Taiwan should put more effort into developing knowledge-intensive industries and that relevant government agencies should create a favorable climate for young people to establish their own businesses.

Liao eyes Holland Village

Chunbao Tungsten Steel Group, a Taiwanese company in China that makes materials used in tools and machine parts, may buy orchid grower Euro-Asia Agricultural (Holdings) Co's (歐亞農業控股) Holland Village, the Hong Kong Economic Times reported, citing Chunbao's chairman Liao Wanlong.

Liao is the first to show interest in purchasing the village from Hong Kong-listed Euro-Asia, which is facing liquidation.

The 400-hectare tourist attraction and agricultural production site in Shenyang comes complete with windmills, gabled roofs and replications of Dutch sculptures.

The city's government has been in talks with more than one company about selling the site since April, the Times reported.

Liao told reporters yesterday at a conference he will visit the village today, the newspaper said.

NT dollar dips

The New Taiwan dollar fell as the amount of money put into stocks by global investors yesterday and today totaled less than a fifth of the other days this week, spurring speculation among traders demand for the currency will slow.

The New Taiwan dollar fell NT$0.048, or 0.1 percent, to NT$34.468 against its US counterpart on the Taipei foreign exchange market, its lowest close since July 2 and largest decline in a week.

Turnover was US$394 million.

``Less net overseas demand for stocks will have some psychological impact on the NT dollar,'' said Joseph Lee, a Taipei-based currency trader at United World Chinese Commercial Bank (世華銀行).

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