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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Over the US fiscal cliff and out of the financial woods

    Posted Dec 04th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland There's still some turbulent times ahead for the North American market but many signs are pointing to a pickup after next year's first quarter Over the US fiscal cliff and out of the financial woods When Hongkongers moan about the lousy performance of their Mandatory Provident Fund schemes, they usually focus on the ruinous fees they get charged. ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Don't hold your breath for big bang China financial reform

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... financial reform There's been a lot of talk over the past week about how China's incoming generation of leaders are planning a massive liberalisation of the country's financial sector. Don't hold your breath. Outgoing president Hu Jintao turned the spotlight on financial reform last Wednesday in his address to the Communist Party's national congress. "We ...

  3. Business - China Business - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Worrying economic parallels between China and India

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

    ... to speed up the approval process for infrastructure projects and has introduced financial sector reforms. But efforts to tackle India's chronic power shortages appear to have stalled, and so ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Both good and bad news in China's property rebound

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and financial services, and costs jobs, which in turn hurts consumer demand. The impact is significant. According to an International Monetary Fund working paper published in November, a 50 per cent ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Cyclically bullish on China's market but a structural bear

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

    ... at the amount of liquidity sloshing around China's financial system. The general idea is that when there is a lot of surplus cash around, it flows into the equity market, driving up prices. ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    The other big shift going on in the global economy

    Posted Nov 14th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... on in theglobal economy Ever since the financial crisis, we have heard a great deal about how the world's economic centre of gravity is shifting. The United States and Europe are in decline, their economies hamstrung by crippling public debt burdens. Meanwhile, Asia is rising, propelled by the emergence of China as a trading and financial superpower. It is a compelling narrative, adored ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Wrong about the stock market, right about government idiocy

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... an estimated HK$460 billion into Hong Kong's financial system market since the summer, and the sharp turnaround in international sentiment towards mainland companies in response to Beijing's ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Some surprising new recruits join the ranks of China bears

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... product. Instead China piled on the investment ahead of the Beijing Olympics and in response to the financial crisis. As a result, the researchers reckoned that over the last five years China has ... country experiences," the researchers warn. That doesn't mean China is heading for a Thai or Indonesian-style financial crisis. Its investment level may be high, but unlike Southeast ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Four more ways officials break the spirit of Hong Kong's Basic Law

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... that the government should "keep the budget commensurate with the growth rate of its gross domestic product". Yet in his latest budget speech delivered in February, Financial Secretary John Tsang ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Mainland buyers don't share enthusiasm for China shares

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the depths of the financial crisis in February 2009. The index is now down 16 per cent over the last 12 months. To put that drop into perspective, it's a worse performance than either ...




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