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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Irrational financial markets disprove wisdom of crowds

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... should take a look at what has been going on in the financial markets. A market, after all, is made up of a crowd of investors, and its price fluctuations represent swings in the aggregate ... is not rational, let alone wise. Just consider what has been happening recently in Asia's financial markets. Yesterday, Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index dropped by 2.2 per cent, bringing its ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hyenas play a vital role in financial markets, too

    Posted Sep 18th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Wild animals resemble the financial markets with professional short sellers cashing in, but the health of the market ecosystem needs them Hyenas play a vital role in financial ... never be able to form the egg shells of their young. In that way financial markets have a lot in common with natural ecosystems. Even participants who get a lot of criticism for sharp practice ...

  3. Business - Comment - LAI SEE HOWARD WINN

    CLSA pays respect to financial markets karma

    Posted Jan 12th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... research at CLSA, says: "I certainly believe in financial markets karma. You need to be careful about how you describe your track record. If you have a good run it doesn't pay to get too ... Howard Winn We have alluded in recent days to poor forecasting of financial indices and stocks by the broking industry. That has prompted the arrival of a couple of reports showing rather ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asia at risk if insolvencies hit euro zone

    Posted Apr 08th 2013, 12:00am by DAN STEINBOCK

    ... affect China's (derived) import demand- in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The risk of a pure financial contagion via financial markets remains limited. However, ... weigh on growth, the euro zone is again in recession. Unemployment has soared to a record high 12 per cent, and twice as high in southern Europe. ECB risks: Since 2008, financial institutions ...

  5. Comment - Blogs - MR. SHANGKONG

    The impact of politics on stock prices

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 05:08pm by George Chen

    ... George Chen Will the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China affect Chinese stock market investors? Don’t hold your breath. Will the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China affect Chinese stock market investors? Don’t hold your breath. People say that history always repeats itself and the impact on the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index during ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    For new mainland elite, Hong Kong's financial future is personal

    Posted Jan 19th 2013, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... Shirley Yam The creation of a government body to promote the city's financial market is another step towards a goal for a group with growing stake in the city For new mainland elite, ... and promote our financial market. Nobody listened. They pushed on. They talked to officials and Leung Chun-ying, who was then tipped to make a run for the top job. They started a column in a financial ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Emerging markets better equipped to ride out financial storm than in 1997

    Posted Sep 01st 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... in the US, have mostly recovered, financial markets in developing nations from India and Indonesia to Turkey and Thailand have been hit hard. Some of these countries' currencies are plunging ... by 10 per cent and its equity market by 20 per cent over the past three months. Is this the beginning of a new phase of the global financial crisis? If so, the crisis has gone full circle ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW JAKE VAN DER KAMP

    A new financial council won't take us anywhere

    Posted Jan 17th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the internationalisation of the financial market of our country. It will also help facilitate the further development of... blather, blather, blather" Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying 2013 policy address ... the internationalisation of the financial market of our country" is already perfectly apparent. It is for Hong Kong to do what the mainland cannot do or will not do in financial services. This, in fact, has ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China ignores at its own peril its hidden debt risks

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by ZHANG MONAN

    ... have always triggered financial crises. Since China's era of reform and opening up began, the country has experienced three instances of large-scale public-finance problems. In the late ... to pay its suppliers, which in turn struggle to pay their suppliers). Later that decade, financial institutions were burdened by bad debts generated by state-owned enterprises. Now China ...

  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE HOWARD WINN

    Hard to take the Economic Freedom index seriously

    Posted Jan 11th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... the lack of co-operation has stymied efforts to recoup investor losses in one of the largest sprees of alleged financial crimes in recent memory. According to ABC, the losses incurred by US ... of the Financial Times, opened a Twitter account. "If anything is an indication of the FT being for sale, it is Lionel Barber getting on Twitter," one wag posted. "Lionel Barber of FT has ...




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