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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Why it's worth anticipating the next great bull market in China stocks

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Having learned to place little faith in the accuracy of company accounts, they take their investment cues from government policy changes and from the mass movements of their peers into and out ... of total world stock market capitalisation. Yet the presence of foreign shareholders is minimal. Today, the total quota for approved foreign investors is just US$53 billion, or only 4 per cent ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Taxing foreign buyers failed in Singapore. It will fail in Hong Kong too

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The government's new punitive measure on the property market will have an effect – it will lead to the demise of the city as a financial centre Taxing foreign buyers ... that, just look at Singapore, which imposed its own additional stamp duty on foreign and corporate buyers in December last year. Transaction volumes fell initially, but then recovered. Prices ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    High time to reconsider your yuan investments

    Posted May 27th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... investments Unnerved by the volatility in financial markets last week, two readers asked Monitor whether it was time to get out of their yuan-denominated investments. At first it might seem strange ... winds back its ultra-loose policy settings, capital outflows will diminish and inward investment will pick up. Second, the US example will encourage central banks elsewhere, notably in Europe ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The US$50b a year reason China's elite love tax havens

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 01:13am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Taking the money out is just the first step; it's all about sending it back under the guise of foreign investment and enjoying the taxman’s largesse The US$50b a year ... trading on the influence of their high-ranking relations. And the best way of evading tax is by pretending your money is really foreign investment. Unlike Chinese-owned capital- say the proceeds ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Attempts to diversify China's reserves have been a disaster

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

    ... to yesterday's edition of The Wall Street Journal , China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange has opened a New York office to diversify its investments into unconventional asset classes. ... high-octane asset classes. Attempts to diversify China's foreign reserves away from US Treasuries are nothing new. As long ago as 1997 the central bank set up the SAFE Investment Company, or SIC, ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China may have problems, but this scare story isn't one of them

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:57am by Tom Holland

    ... investment. That money is staying where it is. On top of that, a further US$374 billion is foreign portfolio investment in China's stock and bond markets. That's money that has flowed ... edition of London's Daily Telegraph. The article noted nervously that foreign currency borrowing by Chinese companies has almost quadrupled in just four years to more than US$1 trillion. Any ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's wealth fund is doing a lousy job investing our money

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 02:13am by Tom Holland

    ... is doing a lousy job investing our money You may not know about it, but Hong Kong has a sovereign wealth fund. It's called the Exchange Fund. It manages assets of HK$3 trillion, and its investment performance is abysmal. Yesterday the Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced the Exchange Fund's results for 2013. It managed a return of just 2.7 per cent. When you consider ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... inconvenience. Next, there is the threat that Occupy could scare off foreign investors. This is ludicrous. Far from relying on foreign investment, Hong Kong is a sizeable net capital exporter. Sure, ... investment. In other words, Hong Kong doesn't depend on inward investment, and needn't worry about frightening investors away. Then, there is the idea that Hong Kong won't get so many ...

  9. 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

    ... it's cheap. China runs a sizeable trade surplus with the rest of the world. It also welcomes inward investment while imposing strict controls on capital outflows. As a result, the country's financial system gets enormous net inflows of foreign money. Normally all that cash pouring in would push the yuan sharply higher on the foreign exchange market. However, to prevent ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

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

    ... rise to pre-eminence as the world's currency of choice for international trade and investment can only be a matter of time. Yet a look at the economic history books advises caution. Over ... in central bank portfolios of foreign reserves. Yet despite these advantages, the mark's progress stalled. Part of the problem was that although Germany's trade prowess was undoubted, its ...




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