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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

    ... for averting euro-catastrophe It can have surprised no one that members of the Cypriot parliament voted unanimously against plans to slap a tax on the islanders' bank deposits. Members ... 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 ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

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

    ... 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 ... financial markets, it stood no chance of toppling the dollar. It looked as if things might change with the introduction in 1999 of the euro. International issues of euro-denominated debt took off, ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... 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 ... Lagarde as "a comprehensive and credible plan", the deal secures the €10 billion the Cypriot government needs to prevent the island crashing out of the euro. As a result, the new package ...

  4. 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- ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Global enthusiasm for yuan overstated

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 04:30am by Tom Holland

    ... overtaking the euro. After 10 years the currency is still struggling to make real headway in global markets And according to customs data, China, the world's biggest exporter, settled ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    British model of governance is nothing for Hong Kong to boast about

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 06:00am by Tom Holland

    ... also the pound's 1990 entry into the European exchange rate mechanism, forerunner to the euro; a debacle so ill-advised and ill-managed that Britain was forced ignominiously to exit ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Despite default risk, Beijing is stuck with US Treasury debt

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

    ... 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 ... 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. ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. 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. ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    More bad news for expats: the Aussie dollar will stay strong

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... deepened, an increasing number of traders and investors have decided that the euro is likely to weaken and that there is money to be made by selling it short. When shorting a currency, traders ... to offset their short position in the euro. The Aussie's advantage is obvious. Australia is just one of seven countries with a sovereign credit rating of AAA from the three major ratings ...




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