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  1. Business - Comment

    Hong Kong feels effect of US stimulus moves

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Despite assurances, the US stimulus efforts have pushed cash back into the emerging markets, and into the Chinese asset markets especially Hong Kong feels the effect ... China's economy, it's unlikely the inflows have finished yet. Expect more upward pressure on asset prices. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

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    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 ...

  3. Who said it?

    Posted Mar 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a political judgment about French presidential candidate Francois Hollande, on the latest problem for former colleague Dominique Strauss-Kahn (above) ...

  4. Give China a seat at Group of Seven table

    Posted Apr 14th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With the continuing credit crisis and the threat of runaway food price inflation, the rich world's economic bigwigs had plenty to worry about when they met in Washington over the weekend. Yet despite these new and pressing concerns, the assembled finance ministers and central bank bosses from the Group of Seven big developed economies still found time to fret ...

  5. Despite slide, dollar's reserve status secure

    Posted Mar 31st 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With the US dollar sinking fast on foreign exchange markets, talk is swirling again that the American currency may be in danger of losing its status as the world's favoured reserve currency. This is an old topic. But as it's one that concerns Hong Kong intimately, it is well worth taking a fresh look to see if we should be worried. Nervousness over ...

  6. Oil company profits in Topsy-Turvy Land

    Posted Apr 30th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... In Topsy-Turvy Land everything works the other way round. The cats chase dogs backwards through the streets. The rotation of thousands of giant turbines creates the wind. And when the price of oil climbs to an all-time high, petroleum company profits drop ...

  7. Heroin link doesn't bother CNOOC fans

    Posted Feb 28th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Call it business as usual. On Monday the United States Treasury slapped sanctions on CNOOC's joint-venture partner in Myanmar for its close association with the murderous regime in Yangon and its strong ties to a notorious drug lord described as 'the Godfather of Heroin'. Since then CNOOC's Hong Kong-listed shares have risen by 5.8 per cent. ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Fat years over for mainland insurers

    Posted Jan 28th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Shares of mainland insurance companies have enjoyed a blistering run-up over the past two years. Now there are signs the fat times may be at an end. Few investments performed as strongly during the great Chinese bull market of 2006 and 2007 as the stocks of mainland insurers. Between 2006 and October last year, the Hong Kong-listed H shares of the mainland's largest ...

  10. 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 ...




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