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TAIEX rallies on US optimism

The TAIEX staged a rally yesterday, with many investors expecting the US Federal Reserve to come up with further liquidity easing measures to boost the economy, dealers said.

The gains also reflected optimism that the constitutional court in Germany was set to rule on whether the European Stability Mechanism bailout fund is constitutional later in the day.

The weighted index closed up 85.32 points, or 1.14 percent, at 7,570.45, after moving between 7,515.04 and 7,571.42, on turnover of NT$103.27 billion (US$3.49 billion), the highest level since Aug. 9.

‘Green goods’ get tax break

Items categorized as environmental goods and services (EGS), due to enjoy tariff cuts as the result of an agreement among APEC members, account for 10 percent of Taiwan’s total exports, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Tuesday.

Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang (施顏祥) said this year’s APEC economic ministers’ meeting had produced an agreement to reduce the applied tariff rates on 54 EGS items to less than 5 percent by the end of 2015.

The 54 items include products and services related to reducing water or air pollution, waste management and renewable energy.

TAITRA aims exports at Iraq

Taiwan has set its sights on Iraq in its bid to promote exports to that country, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 外貿協會).

The Iraqi government has been very active in opening its market to foreign countries after the US completed its troop withdrawal in December last year, the TAITRA said in a statement on Tuesday.

TAITRA said there is massive demand for power supply equipment, infrastructure and machinery, as well as notebook computers and smartphones in Iraq. In addition, TAITRA foresees great potential in the Iraqi car market because the country lacks public transportation.

FSC to relax investment rules

The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) on Tuesday announced plans to allow domestic securities investment trust companies greater flexibility so that they may better utilize their funds for domestic investment, according to a commission statement.

Under the current regulations, domestic securities investment trust companies can only invest up to 30 percent of their net worth on trust funds. The commission said it would soon raise the ceiling to 40 percent.

Separately, the commission on Tuesday approved SinoPac Securities Co’s (永豐金證券) plan to acquire Pacific Securities Co (太平洋證券), which will add 10 offices to the total number of outlets of SinoPac Securities to 59.

Breeze Center to expand

In view of a steady growth in its dining and restaurant operations, the Breeze Center (微風廣場) has announced plans to open the first Taiwan location for the Japanese discount store “Don Quixote” and expand its dining operations at the Taipei Railway Station, the Chinese-language Commercial Times reported yesterday.

The department store operator posted consolidated revenue of NT$7.5 billion in the first eight months of this year, up 8 percent from the same period of last year, the paper said, citing company data. Breeze Center has aimed to increase its consolidated sales by 9 percent to NT$11 billion for this year, the paper added.

NT dollar up vs greenback

The New Taiwan dollar rose against the US dollar yesterday, adding NT$0.046 to close at NT$29.669.

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