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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    BRICS bank will be a recipe either for moral hazard or redundance

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Development Bank to finance economic growth in the emerging world. On the surface, it sounds like an excellent idea. Emerging economies have long resented the dominance of the United States, Europe and Japan over the world's supra-national financial institutions, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and a clutch of regional development banks. The IMF, World Bank et al ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tsang's vision of Hong Kong's future is severely out of focus

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 01:23am by Tom Holland

    ... only be used for infrastructure development. In the current fiscal year capital revenues- consisting overwhelmingly of land premium payments- are expected to reach HK$86 billion, or 20 per cent ... Tsang was gushing over yesterday. The high-speed rail link to Shenzhen, the bridge to Zhuhai, and Tsang's bizarre proposal to construct "an artificial island … to develop a new core ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even an export rebound won't do much to lift China growth

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 01:07am by Tom Holland

    ... with January 2013. Most forecasters had expected them to be flat. [The developed markets] are not going to grow as quickly as in the years running up to 2007 What's more, it was difficult to blame ... month's exports were propelled by a revival of demand from the big developed economies. Shipments to the United States rose 10.7 per cent, to Japan 16 per cent and to Europe 19.2 per cent. ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:46am by Tom Holland

    ... not be immediately detectable in the form of better pollution-free visibility in Hong Kong's atmosphere. As China continues to develop, its demand for power will only increase Although much of the nasty ... in Singapore, and less than a quarter of electricity consumption per head in the United States. In other words, as the mainland economy continues to develop, its demand for power will only increase. ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

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

    ... it, China would have to run a sizeable trade deficit, much as the United States does today. That doesn't look probable in the foreseeable future. As National Development and Reform ...

  6. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    To continue growing, China will have to work a lot smarter

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by Tom Holland

    ... for slower investment. Not everyone agrees that TFP growth can pick up the slack, however. One projection by the Asian Development Bank sees TFP growth not accelerating, but slowing to just 1.7 per ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

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

    ... largest. And as Tokyo dismantled its capital controls and encouraged the development of its financial markets, the yen captured close to a 30 per cent share of global currency transactions. ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The essential financial reform Beijing cannot afford to ignore

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... value in terms of generating regular income. On the other hand, they could sell it to private companies for development. Even better, they could set up their own companies and hand them the land use rights, which they could then use as collateral against bank loans to fund infrastructure development. So local government-backed investment companies, often called local government ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Conspiracy theories abound about China's gold purchases

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

    ... 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 ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    By avoiding a small crisis now China risks a big one in future

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 05:02am by Tom Holland

    ... Lombard Street Research, neatly summarises the threat. At the end of 2012 China's total debt equalled 213 per cent of gross domestic product, high for a developing economy but "just ...




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