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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Thank the Cypriot parliament for averting euro-catastrophe

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... anxious to avoid any accusations that German taxpayers are being forced to bail out Russian tax-dodgers. As a result, they are insisting that the euro zone's authorities should contribute ... voted down. Now, however, assuming everyone wants Cyprus to remain in the euro zone, both the Cypriot government and the European authorities face a nasty dilemma. Cyprus can hope to negotiate ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Iceland's harsh cure would be a better medicine for Cyprus

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with relief in much of the rest of the euro zone, whether the package is really such a good outcome for either the economy or the people of Cyprus people is debatable, to say the least. Olli Rehn, ... Tom Holland Volcano island survives after its economy shrank thanks to capital controls and a devalued currency – but it wasn't a member of the euro Iceland's harsh cure would ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

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

    ... with a debt crisis of the euro zone's 18 members, only Finland and Luxembourg can claim to have kept their obligations on financial discipline. As a result, international trust in the euro has ... the past 50 years, other currencies- including the deutschemark, its successor the euro, and the Japanese yen- had been tipped to steal the dollar's crown. All failed. And the obstacles ...

  4. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    What Shanghai's brand new free-trade zone won't offer

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Shanghai's brand new free-trade zone won't offer A day after the official launch of Shanghai's new free-trade zone we know little more about the project than we did a week before. Despite the State Council's publication last week of a list of 18 business sectors that will enjoy regulatory dispensations in the new zone, the official statements released so far remain remarkably ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shanghai free zone smells like it's just another property deal

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

    ... Tom Holland While all the talk is of financial reforms in the new economic areas, land sales suggest it's just another attempt by local officials to boost revenues Shanghai free zone ... By Mencken's definition, then, Monitor is a cynic. Whenever anyone waxes lyrical about the stunning potential of the mainland's latest special economic district or free-trade zone, this column ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    All is not what it seems when it comes to China's trade figures

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 11:51pm by Tom Holland

    ... the inconvenient truth that the biggest trading economy in the world is neither China nor the US, but actually the euro zone, whose goods trade with the rest of the world over the 12 months to October- ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's risk-off again as troika plays with fire in Cyprus

    Posted Mar 19th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Making bank depositors pay in a debt crisis is nothing new, but the overt tax on Cypriots' savings has plunged the euro zone back into uncertainty It's risk-off again ... a haircut, the troika is setting an unfortunate precedent. It is sending out the message that bank depositors in the euro zone's crisis-hit countries can no longer expect to be protected. ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Despite default risk, Beijing is stuck with US Treasury debt

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

    ... the euro zone, Japan and Britain. But although China has diversified into all three, none looks exactly attractive, even compared to bonds issued by a US Treasury bumping against its debt ceiling. ... 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 ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tom Holland looks at why a plan to give HK people homes won't work

    Posted Sep 10th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to support crisis-hit European governments by buying unlimited quantities of their debt, German economists fear the euro zone is now heading for the monetary equivalent of hell. The markets ... in Europe's periphery now, he warns, the ECB risks creating a far bigger crisis in the euro zone's core economy in a few years' time. "The conditions attached to this are not strict ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Rising economic stress behind protests in Brazil and Turkey

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of 2011 was triggered by the twin blows of rising food prices and a growth slowdown caused by the euro-zone crisis. Closer to home, Hong Kong's 500,000-strong demonstration of July 1, 2003, ... has been funded largely with foreign debt, which has now climbed to 40 per cent of GDP. Much it is short-term. Meanwhile, the euro crisis and the war in Syria have hit tourism revenues. ...




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