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  1. Architects of China's bond market face a learning curve

    Posted Jun 17th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland China is accelerating its efforts to build a genuine bond market. In Hong Kong yesterday, a senior central bank official outlined plans to allow banks to issue a raft of new ... of the market is large, with more than five trillion yuan outstanding, turnover in the secondary market fell by 20 per cent last year. Against this backdrop, the new measures are encouraging. China ...

  2. Mainland fuel price rises long overdue

    Posted Jun 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... each other for the sharp run-up in oil prices, and both sides suspicious of the role played by speculators in driving the market higher. Perhaps strangely, among the few consumers with little cause to panic is China, where the government last week jacked up its controlled prices for domestic fuels by between 17 and 25 per cent. At first reading, that comment might appear hard ...

  3. Coddling markets won't lift their game

    Posted Jul 12th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... but they scream 'moral hazard'. In the long run, they are likely to undermine, rather than advance, the development of China's capital markets. Do not expect foreign investors to complain. ... yesterday on the news of the higher quotas, while stocks fell- then much of the new money is also destined for the bond market, not A shares. China's social security fund, insurance companies ...

  4. New scheme more stopping service than through train

    Posted Jul 16th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... thin, and B shares continue to languish at a steep discount to their A-share counterparts. For example, at yesterday's close, Shenzhen-listed B shares in property developer China Vanke were ... buys a block of the underlying stock and places it with a custodian bank, which then issues a receipt that can be traded on a foreign market- or in this case in Shenzhen. Mainland investors ...

  5. Slow-burn China reforms light a fire under investors

    Posted Oct 01st 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... deemed ready to sell its shares on international capital markets emphasises how far and fast restructuring has proceeded. Just a few years ago, China's banks were widely regarded as toxic ... sense. Under the terms of its accession to the World Trade Organisation, China had agreed to open up its domestic banking market to foreign competition by 2007. Bringing in foreign investors ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The 4.3tr yuan cost of financial openness

    Posted Oct 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... compilers like MSCI would announce the inclusion of China's onshore equity and debt markets in their global benchmark indices. The volume of inflows would be dwarfed by the size of China ... its portfolio, allocating assets to China's onshore markets. Gauging the likely size of the resulting inflows is tricky, but in April Monitor estimated they would amount to "hundreds ...

  7. Business - Property - MONITOR

    Contradictory figures fuelling China property bubble debate

    Posted Sep 25th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... bubble debate Chatter about a bubble in China's property market has risen to deafening volumes lately. Since the authorities released numbers last week showing that home prices in major ... spacious than most Hongkongers inhabit. Clearly, if this last figure is correct, then China's housing market is suffering enormous oversupply, and is long overdue for a deep correction ...

  8. Foreign money makes mainland property market go round

    Posted Oct 19th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... for exposure to China's property market despite talk of a bubble. Abiding offshore enthusiasm for the sector has been reflected in the performance of Chinese property plays listed in Hong Kong. ... with other regional markets (see chart). That means there are plenty of untapped opportunities for buyers. But the main reason for foreign investor interest is more basic: China offers better returns ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Reform pledges likely to hurt both stock prices and yuan

    Posted Nov 27th 2013, 03:32am by Tom Holland

    ... in the future. The effects of liberalisation are likely to be especially harsh in China’s banking sector This upbeat response has been reflected in the financial markets. Since the publication ... at Goldman Sachs, for example, last week upgraded China's market to "overweight". They especially recommended Chinese bank stocks as likely to see "asymmetric upside risk" ...

  10. The investment equivalent of judging a book by its cover

    Posted Jun 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... they could not attribute the stronger bull market performance of the China names to greater riskiness. If China names were riskier, they would have performed much worse than non-China names immediately following the bull market's October 2007 peak. But as can be seen from the second chart below, which shows the median performance of both China and non-China names before, during ...




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