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  1. What the shadow market enthusiasts don't tell you

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland China's shadow banking system has attracted something of a fan club lately. More and more analysts and commentators seem to regard the rapid growth of off-balance-sheet and underground lending as a good and healthy development; in effect, a stealth liberalisation of financial markets. I can follow their reasoning. Unfortunately, they are missing the point. There can ...

  2. China needs market-based controls to cool economy

    Posted Apr 17th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... sustainable pathways, policymakers will have to adopt market-based controls. For an economy the size of China's, this means manipulating benchmark interest rates, while liberalising the exchange ... the solution would be simple. Policymakers would step on the economic brakes by tightening monetary policy, probably by raising interest rates, and also by allowing some currency appreciation. China ...

  3. Yuan band move makes a virtue out of market necessity

    Posted Apr 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland You have to admire Beijing's timing. On Saturday the People's Bank of China announced it would widen the daily trading band of China's currency. From today, ... currencies. The central bank will continue to control the yuan's exchange rate by setting its daily reference rate and by intervening in the foreign exchange market to nudge the currency ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Offshore yuan market gets into its stride

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by Donna Kwok

    ... Donna Kwok Donna Kwok says the strategy of making China's currency truly international is on schedule Growing liquidity of offshore yuan signals a broader and deeper market ... in the offshore renminbi foreign exchange market has risen from essentially nothing to US$4billion, and one-tenth of China's trade is now settled in its home currency, up from 2per cent two years ...

  5. Greek euro exit fears rattle stock markets

    Posted May 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... May Chan may.chan@scmp.com Stock markets went into reverse yesterday as the euro-zone crisis showed signs of escalating amid fears of a Greek exit, or 'Grexit', from the currency ... opposes austerity measures supported by Germany. Stock markets in Europe were hit by a wave of selling. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 2.0 per cent to 5,461 points and Germany's DAX tumbled 2.3 ...

  6. China expected to stay the course on yuan

    Posted Aug 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing and Amanda Lee China will likely stick with its existing currency regime despite last week's yuan spike, economists said yesterday, although they warned the US's downgrade will continue to cast a pall over international markets. The economists called on Washington to act 'responsibly' in dealing with its ongoing debt issues, but surmised ...

  7. China says deal puts reserves at risk

    Posted Aug 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang ed.zhang@scmp.com The danger of a US debt default has been averted only for the time being, warn Chinese economists and business commentators. China can do nothing to protect its dollars, but will have to live with lingering troubles in America's economy, they say. China could still incur a heavy loss, in both the value of its dollar reserves and its holdings ...

  8. Job market will be bleak in 2012, ministry warns

    Posted Jan 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Beijing yesterday issued stern warnings on the bleak job market outlook for this year, with an estimated 25 million urban job seekers entering the labour market and employers having trouble getting staff with the right skills. About 6.8 million university and college graduates would enter the job market this year- more than six times as many as a decade ago, ...

  9. Markets worldwide rise on good news

    Posted Nov 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... would be more adversely affected by a downturn from the euro zone crisis than the rest of Asia, said John Tang, China strategist at UBS. He said the Hong Kong stock market could fall heavily ... half of next year or beyond if there were a change in the capricious market sentiment. Constructive news about a soft landing for China and a stabilisation of euro-zone debt could do the trick, ...

  10. 25pc rise in new loans beats market expectations

    Posted Nov 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... reach 650 billion yuan both this month and next, taking full-year loan growth higher than market forecasts of 7.5 trillion yuan, said Sun Mingchun, the chief economist for greater China at Daiwa ... Bank of China has also tweaked its regular open market operations, reducing the sale of central banknotes to the market. This has effectively meant an injection of 163 billion yuan of liquidity ...




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