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  1. Business

    Bernanke may have hidden agenda in printing money

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland tom.holland@scmp.com Bernanke may have hidden agenda in printing money When US Federal Reserve chairman Bill Bernanke announced his latest exercise in money printing last Thursday, he said he would keep the presses running until the US job market begins to improve. The idea is that by buying US$40 billion in mortgage-backed securities each month, the Fed will flood ...

  2. Rich world barking up the wrong tree over yuan

    Posted Feb 12th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland The weekend's Group of Seven meeting in Tokyo was taken up mainly with discussing the impact of the credit crunch on the world's economies. But the assembled rich-country finance ministers and central bank bosses still found time to mention China's currency, the yuan. 'We welcome China's decision to increase the flexibility of its currency, ...

  3. Forex loss bigger than Olympic bill

    Posted Jan 25th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The US Federal Reserve's three-quarters of a percentage point emergency interest rate cut on Tuesday got a euphoric response from Hong Kong's stock market investors. But it must have been greeted with horror by officials at the People's Bank of China in Beijing. As the South China Morning Post reported yesterday, the Fed's rate cut badly complicates ...

  4. Hu will change course before 2012 congress

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland As President Hu Jintao works to consolidate his political position at this week's Communist Party Congress, he can be forgiven for congratulating himself for how much China's economy has developed since he was confirmed in the top job at the last congress five years ago. The Chinese economy is a very different creature today compared with 2002. Then, ...

  5. 'Impossible trinity' like a virtuous circle

    Posted Oct 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Speculation is mounting once again that the days of Hong Kong's currency peg to the US dollar may be numbered. After the local dollar strengthened to a 16-month high at HK$7.7557 to the US dollar last Friday, some observers are even prepared to wager that the SAR's exchange rate link to the greenback will be abandoned in the next 12 months. Over the past two ...

  6. The case against austerity growing

    Posted Apr 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Francois Hollande becomes president of France, that could be a catalyst for renegotiation of the austerity regime. Whatever the outcome, it will matter far beyond Europe's borders- not least ...

  7. Business - Comment

    The real extent of China's economic hard landing

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland A look at the figures shows the mainland is paying the price for having severe industrial overcapacity amid suppressed domestic demand The real extent of China's economic ... outbreak of nationalist outrage come the new year. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  8. The ideal union eludes Europe, 10 years on

    Posted Jan 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... essentially idealistic and visionary. From Jean Monnet, the founder of modern Europe, to Helmut Schmidt, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Francois Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl, the founders and creators ...

  9. Five reasons yuan is no threat to dollar as reserve currency

    Posted Feb 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland tom.holland@scmp.com If I had US$100 billion for every time someone has told me that the yuan is going to displace the US dollar as the world's foremost reserve currency, I reckon I'd have almost as much in foreign reserves as China. Yet I remain sceptical. For the yuan to become a major reserve currency, China will first have to fulfil several important ...

  10. No real slowdown, but China's more unbalanced than ever

    Posted Jan 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland tom.holland@scmp.com All the attention yesterday was focused on the modest slowdown in the mainland's economic growth rate towards the end of last year. But dig a little deeper and there was far more interesting information to be found in the slew of economic data released by Beijing. Despite the reams of comment and analysis devoted to the mainland's ...




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