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  1. Management upbeat as bank continues to bleed

    Posted Aug 04th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Anyone who thinks HSBC Holdings drew a line under the subprime nightmare with its US$17.8 billion rights offer in April needs to think again. Although group chairman Stephen Green and his management team did their best to accentuate the positive yesterday, the banking giant continues to bleed red ink from its United States and British mortgage portfolios, ...

  2. Optimism over lender looks a little premature

    Posted Aug 05th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland HSBC chairman Stephen Green and his colleagues were careful not to say so at the bank's interim results briefing yesterday, but it was hard not to get the impression they are daring to hope that for HSBC the worst of the credit crunch may be over. Sure, the headline 29 per cent decline in first half profit compared with last year looked so horrible that dealers ...

  3. HSBC needs US arm despite loan losses

    Posted Mar 04th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland It won't be of much comfort to HSBC Holdings' chairman Stephen Green, but in one sense his bank's strategy of diversification is working as intended. Even though falling United States house prices forced HSBC to make US$17 billion worth of provisions against bad loans last year, while the credit crunch inflicted another US$2 billion of write-downs on its ...

  4. Wen right to worry about stock prices

    Posted Nov 21st 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Speaking in Singapore on Monday, Premier Wen Jiabao acknowledged the danger posed by overly-inflated mainland share prices. 'If the bubble bursts it will hurt China's economy,' he was quoted as saying. With Shanghai's A-share index now down 14 per cent from its mid-October peak (see chart), Mr Wen's concerns are understandable. Traditionally, a market ...

  5. HSBC first-quarter profit better than expected

    Posted May 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... would be realised if the bank has to buy back the debt. While markets have expressed concern at political upheaval in Europe and Sunday's election of socialist Francois Hollande as French president, Gulliver was sanguine. He said Hollande's accession was not a significant worry for HSBC, which also had manageable exposure to Greece, Portugal and Spain. CCB said in a report ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China a green energy leader? Don't make me laugh

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Read the praise heaped on Beijing by two recent reports, and you could believe the mainland is leading the world in environmental best practice China a green leader? Don't ... greenhouse emissions at any point in the foreseeable future is precisely zero. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  7. 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

    ... Tom Holland If a further substantial opening of the mainland's capital account happens, the inflows of cash would push share prices skywards Anticipating the next greatbull market ... full capital account liberalisation remains a distant prospect. Still, it might just be worth buying some cheap A shares in anticipation. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  8. Investment success can really be down to the flip of a coin

    Posted May 05th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland If you are wondering whose investment advice to listen to, here is a small piece of advice about advisers: it pays to be deeply suspicious of investment 'gurus'. To understand why, conduct a simple thought experiment. Imagine that 10 years ago 1,000 money managers set themselves up in business. On New Year's Day 1996 each manager tossed a coin to determine ...

  9. Business - Economy - ANALYSIS

    The burning question: has Asia truly lost its mojo?

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... that Asian economies such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam were likely to "hold up well" if the global economy slowed further. Tom Holland is on holiday ...

  10. HSBC can't avoid Senate's rocket-propelled grenade

    Posted Jul 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland Banks operating in the more exciting parts of the world have always faced big risks. Just consider the old British Bank of the Middle East (BBME). On January 20, 1976, during a lull in Lebanon's bitter civil war, a military unit surrounded the BBME's Bab Idriss branch in Beirut, favourite depository of the city's wealthy elite. Covered by a barrage ...




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