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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Asia is steaming towards a debt crisis all of its own

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 02:59am by Tom Holland

    ... markets elsewhere- are heading towards a nasty debt crisis all of their own. In recent years the level of private sector debt has hit new highs in several East Asian countries. In China, South ... to Shearing's analysis, over the past 10 years debt growth has passed the hazard threshold in four East Asian markets- Hong Kong, mainland China, Thailand and Singapore- with Korea on the cusp ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    No 'taper tantrum' this time, but Hong Kong can't be complacent

    Posted Dec 20th 2013, 01:07am by Tom Holland

    ... Hong Kong properties will begin to look less attractive to investors in relative terms Most East Asian markets rose on the news. And although Hong Kong-listed stocks dropped, the fall reflected ... Tom Holland While interest rates in the city are unlikely to rise soon, falls in property market look set to broaden as bond yields climb amid stable rents No 'taper tantrum' ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Crystal ball was cloudy last year, but it had its moments

    Posted Jan 03rd 2014, 01:48am by Tom Holland

    ... that Southeast Asian markets were facing a destabilising outflow of foreign funds, just before a 20 per cent slide in prices. And the column also argued that the Hong Kong government's attempts ... Tom Holland Making predictions is tricky, as Monitor’s record for 2013 shows. But we got it right in areas like US equities and the city property market Crystal ball was cloudy last year, ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    So much for talk about a shift in financial power to the East

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... as an engine of global growth. But as the abrupt sell-off in Asian stocks, bonds and currencies over the last few weeks demonstrates, when it comes to the interface between financial markets ... to taper, or wind down, its programme of quantitative easing, US bond yields have risen, and investors have begun to reassess the riskiness of Asian markets. Attention has focused on the economies ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The wheels are coming off India's economic juggernaut

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the last three months, international investors have also reassessed their exposure to Southeast Asian markets. Indonesia has been hardest hit. With a current account deficit running at 3 per cent ... off, reaching double-digit rates. But with the economy now slowing, and markets anticipating a tightening of Fed policy, sentiment has changed. Over the last month India's stock market has ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    HSBC's new shape emerges after 2012's year of horrors

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... cent. The gains were driven largely by smaller losses in America as the bank continued to run down its US loan portfolio and by rapid growth in its Asian markets. Meanwhile, Gulliver continues ... Tom Holland Banking group is increasingly looking towards the rapidly growing economies of Asia to drive profit as developed markets fail to impress HSBC's new shape emerges after ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 04:31am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The 10 basis-point rate may not sound like much but it is easily enough to discourage high-frequency traders from dealing in the city's market Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading To support its unsuccessful attempt to list in Hong Kong, Chinese internet retail giant Alibaba argued that the city's share of Asian stock market trading ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Allowing free capital flows is fast going out of fashion

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Asian economies are in a much stronger position today than ahead of the Asian currency crisis, CLSA strategist Russell Napier notes that some Eastern European markets are looking dangerously ... For decades economic orthodoxy dictated that emerging economies should open up their financial systems. Any backsliding was roundly condemned, as in 1998 when in the depths of the Asian currency ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tighten, not ease, governance rules to promote Hong Kong's market

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 02:51am by Tom Holland

    ... rules to promote HK's market A couple of months ago, mainland internet giant Alibaba cancelled its proposed stock offering in Hong Kong. It pulled the deal after being told plans that would ... the city's reputation. For example, the 2010 league table compiled by New York-based governance consultancy GMI Ratings ranked Hong Kong a lowly 26th out of 39 markets for corporate governance ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    No, it's not 1997, but Asia is still exposed to nasty risks

    Posted Jun 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Some reckon there are enough parallels between financial conditions now and just before the Asian financial crisis to warrant serious concern No, it's not 1997, but Asia ... conditions now and then to prompt some to ask whether Asia today is on the verge of a similar economic abyss. In early 1997, as in 2013, Asia's asset markets had been lifted to new highs ...




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