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  1. 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 ... figures don't settle the debate. The National Bureau of Statistics publishes three data series for completed residential floor space. The most widely followed is for residential ...

  2. New report ensures blackout row will continue to smoulder

    Posted May 05th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... The latest group to join in the debate is the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries. In a brave effort to inject some hard facts and detailed numerical analysis into the debate, the institute ... there are genuine reasons to believe abuses do happen, particularly among the directors of smaller companies. It looks like the debate will continue to smoulder. ...

  3. Three-point agenda for new HKMA chief

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

    ... institutions need to evolve, too, if Hong Kong is to maintain its place as Asia's premier international finance centre. Quite what path reform should follow is debatable. One possible route would ...

  4. Surely no one still believes Beijing's numbers are true

    Posted Aug 06th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Once again, debate is raging about the accuracy- and usefulness- of the mainland's official economic data. Over the past week, China's 31 provinces have released figures for their economic output in the first half of the year. And surprise, surprise, the numbers don't match up with figures compiled by the central government's National Bureau ...

  5. Bickering over savings glut looking past its sell-by date

    Posted Jul 08th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... The bitterness of the debate reflects the sheer size of the global imbalance and the fear among many observers that it could unwind in a disorderly fashion, inflicting immense damage on the world's ...

  6. Peg the yuan to US dollar to end the war of words

    Posted Feb 06th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... between China and America and to allow the US economy to claw its way out of recession. Happily for grown-up debate, not everyone who disagrees is as shrill as the officials who issued ...

  7. Talk of a world currency just financial pie in the sky

    Posted Mar 26th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland On Monday, the governor of China's central bank called for the adoption of a 'super-sovereign reserve currency' to replace the US dollar. His proposal triggered a vigorous debate among academic economists and financial pundits about the merits of an international currency, almost all of which was utter gibberish. At first, the concept ...

  8. Beijing may find it hard to buck the economic cycle

    Posted Oct 21st 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... are likely, including further reserve requirement reductions and possibly an increase in loan quotas for selected business sectors, whether they will appreciably stimulate the economy is debatable ...

  9. Risk in choosing growth over prices

    Posted Jul 29th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... in policy is a moot point. After all, it is debatable whether last November's tough talk led to any real monetary tightening. Certainly, it would be premature to celebrate the defeat ...

  10. Speculators affect volatility, not direction

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

    ... Tom Holland As commodity prices soared in the first half of the year, debate raged as to whether fundamental supply-and-demand factors were driving the run-up, or whether financial speculators were to blame. Some had no doubt. Opec blamed speculators for pushing oil above US$140 a barrel. The United Nations said institutional investors had contributed to the rise in food prices. ...




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