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  1. Yuan announcement more small shuffle than big step

    Posted Jun 30th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Donald Tsang Yam-kuen called it 'a big step'. John Tsang Chun-wah said it will 'strengthen the role of Hong Kong'. Joseph Yam Chi-kwong said it will 'enhance the capability of Hong Kong's financial system'. Yesterday, Hong Kong signed a 'supplementary memorandum of co-operation' with the People's Bank of China paving ...

  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. Hong Kong struggles as forex trading centre

    Posted Sep 27th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The Hong Kong Monetary Authority was quick to crow over the results of the triennial survey of world foreign exchange markets released on Tuesday by the Bank for International Settlements. The survey ranked Hong Kong as the world's sixth-largest foreign exchange market, ahead of Australia in seventh place. The data showed that market turnover in Hong Kong rose ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Graff Diamonds sees sparkle in US$1b IPO

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... succession planning was in hand, and his 48-year old son, Francois, had worked at the company for 25 years and been chief executive since 2004. 'Francois knows everything about diamonds.' Francois Graff said Asia and China would be the driving force for the group's future growth despite China's recent moves to cut its economic forecast to 7.5 per cent gross domestic ...

  6. Pressure on river spells the end of our low water bills

    Posted May 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland tom.holland@scmp.com My water bill arrived in the post the other day. According to the government's Water Supplies Department, in the four months between mid-January and mid-May, I used 25 cubic metres of the stuff, which because of the remorseless logic of the metric system, equals 25 tonnes of water by weight. That means I used an average of 194 litres of water ...

  7. Is Tsang the best financial secretary HK can find?

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland Incoming chief executive C.Y. Leung announced his new government line-up yesterday, and John Tsang Chun-wah is to stay on as financial secretary. 'In the coming few years, the economy of our globalised world will be undoubtedly clouded by uncertainties and volatilities,' Tsang said. 'We in Hong Kong will face unprecedented challenges.' You have to wonder ...

  8. Hong Kong is well placed to ride out coming slump

    Posted Jun 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland These are nervous days in Hong Kong. Earlier this week Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said there are turbulent times ahead, warning that Hong Kong's economy will suffer if the euro-zone crisis deepens, and that property prices could slump. Meanwhile, the city's business people are looking anxiously at the mainland, where slowing growth yesterday ...

  9. Strong and steady

    Posted May 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of anti-austerity Fran?ois Hollande as France's new president and the political turmoil in Greece, was partly to blame for the stock losses worldwide. Apparently undaunted by negative stock market ...

  10. Hutchison's 'new dawn' may fail to set investors alight

    Posted Mar 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland The cover of the folder in which the ports-to-telecommunications conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa wrapped its results presentation yesterday was a cheerful orange-yellow colour and emblazoned with the slogan 'A new dawn'. At first glance, the company's performance does indeed seem to merit such an upbeat treatment. Hutchison's net profit last year ...




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