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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Illuminating confessions from a shadow banker

    Posted May 15th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Finance veteran lifts the lid on a murky world where conflicts of interest and corruption collide, producing a credit bubble ripe for a global crisis Illuminating confessions from a shadow banker Everyone knows China's shadow banking market is big. According to the ratings agency Moody's, the shadow market was worth 20.5 trillion yuan (HK$25.9 trillion) ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Who's more damaging, Hong Kong officials or Occupy Central?

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 12:32am by Tom Holland

    ... directly at London's main financial district has done nothing to harm its world-leading status. Hong Kong's bankers have nothing to fear from Occupy except perhaps for a little minor ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Neither Singapore nor Hong Kong is an Iceland waiting to happen

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 12:42am by Tom Holland

    ... of total bank assets by the middle of last year. Bankers insist that their mainland loans are low risk, and plentifully collateralised. Sceptics respond that the rule of law is sketchy ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A nice idea Mr Yam, but it will be a long time before it can fly

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Ex-Monetary Authority chief's call for an end to PBOC's use of reserve requirements is unworkable as long as China maintains capital controls A nice idea Mr Yam, but it will be a long time before it can fly Former Hong Kong Monetary Authority boss Joseph Yam Chi-kwong may have retired from his position as the world's most generously paid central banker, but he ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    By avoiding a small crisis now China risks a big one in future

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 05:02am by Tom Holland

    ... their money back. Similarly, the trusts that structure the notes and the bankers that sell them can forget about credit and reputation risks. Everyone gets a free put option. In effect, ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 04:32am by Tom Holland

    ... investment bankers and management consultants, work for the people who pay them. And it's company managers who sign their cheques, not ordinary shareholders. It's worth remembering ... accountants, lawyers and investment bankers, exchange chairman Charles Li Xiaojia has gone wobbly. In his blog last week, he argued that "innovative companies" can deserve special ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Alibaba's loss won't damage the Hong Kong stock market

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

    ... investment bankers, capital market lawyers and accountants will mourn Alibaba's departure. With the company planning to sell shares worth as much as HK$100 billion - outweighing all Hong ... Alibaba's pressure, and recalling that it is meant to act in the interests, not of corporate managers or bankers, but of small investors. Rejecting Alibaba can only enhance, not damage, Hong ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Quantitative easing endgame is nothing to lose sleep over

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... it, economic growth stalls. The central bankers' solution - in the United States and Britain as well as in Japan - has been to step up the pace at which they are printing cash. That's prompted fears they will fuel hyperinflation in the future. But as far as central bankers are concerned, inflation is definitely a lesser evil than deflation. As the experience of the last ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Allowing free capital flows is fast going out of fashion

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

    ... director Christine Lagarde acknowledges that capital controls might help smaller countries deal with sudden outflows. "Market intervention may help," she told central bankers last month, ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Five years later, what has the mini-bond scandal taught us?

    Posted Sep 18th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... it is questionable how much investors, bankers and regulators have really learned from the whole fiasco. With deposit rates low, banks and their customers are as willing as before to run extra risks In case ...




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