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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... or Occupy Central? Among the grievances aired at Hong Kong's weekend protest against media censorship were complaints that editors have been leaning on local journalists to stress the supposed economic costs of the Occupy Central democracy movement. I don't know who these editors are, but evidently they know as little about economics as they care about press freedom. Opponents ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1434352/whos-more-damaging-hong-kong-officials-or-occupy-central
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... projection of capital spending Yesterday the government's working group on long-term fiscal planning published its report. The committee's 290-page document contained much ... of rising health and welfare spending with declining revenue growth will push the government's finances into a structural deficit within the next 15 years. Under the committee's base case, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1439605/fiscal-report-based-lunatic-projection-capital-spending
  3. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hong Kong's economy

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 04:17am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland City counts on standing of regulators, reliability of legal system, solidity of institutions, freedom of information and know-how of financiers Occupy Central is no threat ... earnest types with megaphones- and legions of cops all itching to use their pepper spray. If it goes ahead next summer, for some of Hong Kong's workers, Occupy Central's plan to block ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1367337/occupy-central-no-threat-hong-kongs-economy
  4. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    The yuan is falling, but only because Beijing wants it to

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 02:59am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Despite talk of a greater role for market forces, the currency is still far from freely floating with constant interventions from the central bank The yuan is falling, but only ... and a greater role for market forces, the yuan remains neither fully convertible nor freely floating. The central bank continues to steer all the currency's movements. Each morning it dictates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1438811/yuan-falling-only-because-beijing-wants-it
  5. 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

    ... 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 ... currency to the US dollar, given that the world's financial flows are overwhelmingly US dollar-denominated. The central bank imposes a high reserve requirement for one overriding reason: it’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1430637/nice-idea-mr-yam-it-will-be-long-time-it-can-fly
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 12:24am by Tom Holland

    ... Committee adviser Yu Yongding explains, "this is a fundamental problem with the People's Bank of China's roadmap for [yuan] internationalisation". He ought to know. Just ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1432166/george-osborne-wrong-about-china-and-yuan
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:10am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Any slump in the mainland economy will inevitably cause casualties including Hong Kong because of the banking sector’s exposure Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing Yesterday, the South China Morning Post reported how Beijing's central propaganda department has instructed mainland media organisations not to give air time or column ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1431315/fears-over-tail-risk-hard-landing-china-are-growing
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Conspiracy theories abound about China's gold purchases

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 01:51am by Tom Holland

    ... gold imports since then, as well as the growth of its mine production, analysts variously estimate that the central bank's gold reserves now stand anywhere between 2,700 tonnes and 5,000 ... is less than 3 per cent of China's overall foreign exchange reserves. That's roughly the same proportion of its foreign reserves that the central bank held in gold 10 years ago. So, far ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1425591/conspiracy-theories-abound-about-chinas-gold-purchases
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Tom Holland

    ... in central bank portfolios of foreign reserves. Yet despite these advantages, the mark's progress stalled. Part of the problem was that although Germany's trade prowess was undoubted, its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1421684/four-reasons-yuan-will-struggle-gain-acceptance
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China may have problems, but this scare story isn't one of them

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:57am by Tom Holland

    ... times over. Sure, the shrinkage of the central bank's balance sheet were it actually forced to sell assets in order to fund the country's external liabilities would inflict a painful ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1420190/china-may-have-problems-scare-story-isnt-one-them

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