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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    More immigration has not seen Singapore surpass Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Singapore's fertility rate plunged after independence, falling below the minimum population replacement rate of 2.1 per woman in the late '70s. Not surprisingly, given the quality of its dating advice, the government-run SDU failed to reverse the trend. By last year, according to the CIA World Factbook, Singapore's fertility rate had fallen to just 0.78 children per woman, ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing's financial reforms will push up interest rates

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

    ... reforms will push up interest rates In recent months Beijing has slowly been relaxing its long-standing controls over the mainland's interest rates. In July last year, the central bank scrapped its minimum lending rates, in theory allowing banks complete freedom to set interest rates on loans to commercial customers. Then last month the People's Bank of China allowed ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    If demography is destiny, HK's home prices foretell an evil fate

    Posted Sep 07th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... workers. That leaves just the traditional way to increase the size of the future labour force. Worried by one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, Singapore's government has long tried to rouse its citizens to procreate more. Hong Kong's fertility rate is even lower. Yet any official campaign to encourage people to have more babies is likely to fail dismally. The reason ...

  4. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Why 4 per cent annual growth will be great news for China

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the size of the workforce will develop. Last year, 22 million young adults reached working age. With the recent decline in fertility rates, by 2032 that number will have fallen to just 12 million. ... will be great news for China The business of forecasting the mainland's economic growth rate is a bit like a game of bingo. The analysts who have to come up with a forecast have a pretty good idea ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A healthy China would set interest rates at 10 per cent

    Posted Jan 05th 2014, 11:49pm by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Central bank action after spike in repurchase rate highlights that interest rates should be set at level close to nominal pace of output growth A healthy China would set interest rates at 10 per cent A nasty liquidity squeeze gripped the mainland's financial markets in the third week of December. As the country's banks scrambled for cash, the seven-day ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Ratings are not credit- and a new agency won't change that

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Investors from the developing world should base their risk assessment on their own research and the interest rates in the open market Ratings are not credit- and a new agency won't change that You can be pretty sure someone is clueless about finance if they start blaming the 2008 crisis on the Big Three credit rating agencies. Sure, Standard & Poor's, ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Scrapping the one-child policy won't solve China's problems

    Posted Aug 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... relaxed. Today it is more of a 1.5-child policy Clearly analysts and investors expect a baby boom. But although relaxing family planning restrictions could trigger an appreciable rise in fertility, the effect will be temporary. Not even scrapping birth control policies altogether would be able to reverse the long-term decline in China's birth rate or in the size of its working-age ...

  8. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    The yuan is falling, but only because Beijing wants it to

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 02:59am by Tom Holland

    ... a daily reference rate, and if necessary, it intervenes heavily in the onshore market to make sure the yuan strays no further than 1 per cent either side of that rate. And while the yuan has ... interest rates may be modest. But returns in the onshore market, especially in the mainland's shadow financial system, are considerably higher than on major currencies like the yen ...

  9. 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 ... out Chinese domestic trade routed though Hong Kong the amounts are a lot smaller than the headline figures suggest). But those gains have been propelled almost entirely by simple exchange rate ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Beijing's latest rate reform makes no difference at all

    Posted Jul 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Fiddling with lending rates will have little impact as long as credit continues to be allocated according to government-determined quotas Beijing's latest rate reform makes no difference at all On Friday evening, the People's Bank of China announced it would scrap minimum lending rates for the banking sector. The reaction was predictably enthusiastic. ...




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