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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

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

    ... to hold managers to account A dozen years ago, when your columnist was working at the Wall Street Journal, our well-intentioned boss decided that his editorial staff needed to brush up ... angry and blame the regulators. And under structures that strip ordinary shareholders of their rights, they are all too likely to lose out because they cannot hold company managers fully ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The Shanghai rubber bubble of 1910 holds a lesson for today

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

    ... Tom Holland Speculative excess has a long pedigree, given how easily human desire for quick gains can overcome concerns about long-term profitability The Shanghai rubber bubble of 1910 holds a lesson for today When you are reputed to be London's most highly paid hedge fund manager, you can afford to indulge in a few whims. David Harding's whims are a tad unusual, ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

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

    ... rates will reduce the incentives for global firms to deal in and hold the yuan They also benefit from an old convention that dictates rival politicians and the media should refrain from ... and interest rate arbitrages. The yuan has been strengthening, so people and companies offshore have been happy to hold it. Similarly, in an era of low interest rates, yields on the yuan are relatively ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Conspiracy theories abound about China's gold purchases

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

    ... billion. That's roughly 1,170 tonnes of bullion. One reason these theories can gain traction is Beijing’s own reticence about its gold holdings To put that into perspective, it's ... mines. Much of it came from exchange-traded funds, which last year sold down their holdings of the metal by some 896 tonnes after investors in developed markets lost faith in gold's ability ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    You can't hold back a tide of liquidity with just one finger

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Measures announced by CY Leung to hold back rising property prices are about as realistic as the little Dutch boy holding back the North Sea You can't hold back a tide ... and mud. CY Leung reminds me of that little Dutch boy. Last week his administration announced 10 measures intended to hold down rising property prices. They are likely to be as effective ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The US$50b a year reason China's elite love tax havens

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 01:13am by Tom Holland

    ... of a BVI-domiciled company. Alternatively, you set up a BVI company to hold the stake you own in your mainland business before floating it in Hong Kong, booking the proceeds of the offering in an offshore ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing's financial reforms will push up interest rates

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 11:41pm by Tom Holland

    ... are losing money in real terms. By setting regulated deposit rates so low, the authorities distort the whole of China's interest rate structure, holding down borrowing costs and almost entirely ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Nothing new in Beijing's latest 'clampdown' on shadow loans

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 03:33am by Tom Holland

    ... system, and effectively ordered China's banks to bring informal loans back on to their balance sheets by decreeing they should hold adequate capital against their shadow market operations. ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To boost business, WTO must ditch 'all or nothing' approach

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 03:12am by Tom Holland

    ... It backfired. Instead of lending impetus to the talks, it allowed any individual member to hold the whole negotiation process to ransom over matters of little international importance but with great ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Despite default risk, Beijing is stuck with US Treasury debt

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... trillion, there is only so much you can buy That probably understates the true picture of China's exposure. If past patterns of holdings are anything to go by, then it is likely that Beijing ... pace. The total value of Beijing's holdings shot up by US$163 billion between June and September. Much of that increase can be attributed to valuation gains as the euro portion ...




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