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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    So much for talk about a shift in financial power to the East

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

    ... a shift in financial power to the East Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk about a shift eastwards in the world's economic centre of gravity and the emergence of China as an engine of global growth. But as the abrupt sell-off in Asian stocks, bonds and currencies over the last few weeks demonstrates, when it comes to the interface between financial markets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1299394/so-much-talk-about-shift-financial-power-east
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The essential financial reform Beijing cannot afford to ignore

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

    ... Tom Holland Abolition of a mainland agricultural tax boosted farming a decade ago, but also helped to create a massive local government debt pile The essential financial reform Beijing ... twice as high. The pace of this debt expansion is making the central authorities nervous. Last year Beijing instructed banks to cease lending to LGFVs with poor financial prospects. However, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1415294/essential-financial-reform-beijing-cannot-afford-ignore
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing's financial reforms will push up interest rates

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

    ... Tom Holland The mainland's plan to let market forces set lending costs and allocate credit will be worth it despite the pain endured by some, like state firms Beijing's financial 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1407148/beijings-financial-reforms-will-push-interest-rates
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Who's more damaging, Hong Kong officials or Occupy Central?

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 12:32am by Tom Holland

    ... Kong's reputation as an international financial centre, scare off investors and make Beijing reluctant to give us more any more handouts from its regulatory goodie jar. Let's take those one ... if a blockade were its main objective, the economic effect on Hong Kong from any disruption to tourism is likely to be negligible. As for damaging Hong Kong's standing as a financial centre ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1434352/whos-more-damaging-hong-kong-officials-or-occupy-central
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A nice idea Mr Yam, but it will be a long time before it can fly

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... for local price stability. Historically its inflation rate has hardly differed from Hong Kong's. And for another thing, it makes good sense for Hong Kong as a financial centre to link its ... defending. Replacing the link to the US dollar with a Singapore-style managed float, he argued, would lead to greater price stability and boost Hong Kong's role as an international financial ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1430637/nice-idea-mr-yam-it-will-be-long-time-it-can-fly
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Why London became a centre of finance, but Shanghai won't

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of finance, but Shanghai won't When the British want to explain why the City of London is the world's leading international financial centre, they usually attribute its position to a couple ... No doubt all of these played a role. But there was another element behind London's development as an international financial centre which seldom gets mentioned, although it was vitally ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1073467/why-london-became-centre-finance-shanghai-wont
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    How China's widening wealth gap caused the financial crisis

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... caused the financial crisis Howls of derision greeted the official announcement last week that mainland Chinese income inequality peaked in 2008 and has since been falling. The sceptics should think again. Not only is it feasible that China's wealth gap has narrowed since the financial crisis, it's excellent news. Widening income inequality not only dangerously destabilised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1133874/how-chinas-widening-wealth-gap-caused-financial-crisis
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

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

    ... they render the results meaningless). And yesterday Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, was in Hong Kong talking up London's prospects as a centre for yuan-denominated financial business. You can see why they are all so eager to come here. They get to appear in the media against a backdrop of skyscrapers and economic dynamism rather lacking back at home. Rising US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1432166/george-osborne-wrong-about-china-and-yuan
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    We don't need a Future Fund. The future is already upon us

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 01:34am by Tom Holland

    ... infrastructure spending to soar from a record HK$78 billion in the coming financial year to a gobsmacking HK$515 billion in 2041- before factoring in general inflation. Their proposal would lock ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1440476/we-dont-need-future-fund-future-already-upon-us
  10. Business - Economy - MONITOR

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

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

    ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1438811/yuan-falling-only-because-beijing-wants-it

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