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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Wrong about the stock market, right about government idiocy

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

    ... Tom Holland Lessons to learn from the hits and misses as equities and property sectors make strong gains over the past year Wrong about the stock market, right about government idiocy ... and ineptitude. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  2. Fed cut sets stage for stock rebound

    Posted Jan 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Get ready for the rebound. In theory, yesterday's emergency interest-rate cut by the US Federal Reserve could be interpreted two ways. Either panicked investors could take it as a sign that the economic outlook is even worse than they feared, which would prompt fresh selling and push stock prices down further. Or they could conclude that the Fed stands ready to do ...

  3. Euro-zone worries trigger sell-off

    Posted May 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the election in France, where president-elect Francois Hollande was taking a firm stand against the austerity measures advocated by Germany. The policy gulf between the two biggest euro-zone economies ... the unemployment rate, he said. Large corporations such as luxury lifestyle group LVMH are already contemplating moving their headquarters out of Paris in reaction to the high profit tax Hollande ...

  4. Greek euro exit fears rattle stock markets

    Posted May 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... lows as investors sought out safe havens. Even Western Europe has been affected by investor uncertainty, largely because of the election of Francois Hollande as French president. He vehemently ...

  5. Don't be impressed by 'survivor bias'

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

    ... Tom Holland Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, you probably get plagued by spam. You know the sort of thing: messages offering cheap codeine or Viagra, treatments that claim to enhance various bits of your anatomy, marriage proposals from young ladies in eastern Europe, and e-mails from the widows of Nigerian generals offering you a 20 per cent share of their late husbands' ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Stock market under Guo shows how politics clashes with reform

    Posted Jan 31st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Hopes were high when Guo Shuqing was appointed to head the China Securities Regulatory Commission, but politics soon got in the way … Stock market story shows how reform ... time and again, political imperatives get in the way and forbid actual implementation. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  7. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted Aug 10th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Financial Reporting Standard. In a business digest on B3 on August 6 ('MTR appoints new China and Europe director'), we incorrectly rendered the name of Francois Lung Ka-kui, MTR ...

  8. Beware regulators who start to offer investment advice

    Posted Aug 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland In most markets, the dividing line between investment advisers and regulators is clear. Advisers tell you what they think you should buy or sell. In return, they earn a fee, or more likely a commission, for their advice. In contrast, it's the regulators' job to police the advisers and keep them on the straight and narrow. In an attempt to protect ...

  9. Analysis of China's resource hunt based on flawed ideas

    Posted Jul 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland The China National Offshore Oil Corp's US$15.1 billion takeover bid for Canadian oil company Nexen announced on Monday is not, as many media have been reporting, China's largest attempted overseas acquisition. That title goes to the US$18.5 billion bid that CNOOC made in 2005 for US energy company Unocal, although that deal failed to go through, scuppered ...

  10. Shanghai back to crisis levels while HK loses out to London

    Posted Dec 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland tom.holland@scmp.com Yesterday the Shanghai stock market closed at its lowest level since March 2009. That's quite something when you think about it. After all March 2009 was the very depths of the sub-prime crisis, when the United States stock market plunged to a 12.5 year low and financial giant Citigroup was only saved from collapse by government intervention. Now ...




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