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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Alibaba's loss won't damage the Hong Kong stock market

    Posted Sep 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... damage the Hong Kong stock market Mainland internet retail giant Alibaba has now joined Manchester United Football Club on the list of companies that approached the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ... investment bankers, capital market lawyers and accountants will mourn Alibaba's departure. With the company planning to sell shares worth as much as HK$100 billion - outweighing all Hong ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's stock regulator is clutching at straws

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Beijing’s measures in favour of margin trading will destabilise the market and scare away ordinary investors as volatility takes its toll China's stock regulator is clutching at straws Beijing's efforts to talk up the mainland's domestic stock market are sounding increasingly desperate. This week the China Securities Regulatory Commission said ...

  3. Business - Money - MONITOR

    No need to panic over slide in stock markets

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 05:37am by Tom Holland

    ... in stock markets The Year of the Horse is off to a skittish start. Yesterday, Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index slumped by 2.9 per cent, its biggest fall in more than a year. The Hang Seng ... many candidates, and none is entirely convincing. Lots of people blamed the weakness of the US stock market on December's dismal job creation figures and January's weak factory ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Reform pledges likely to hurt both stock prices and yuan

    Posted Nov 27th 2013, 03:32am by Tom Holland

    ... to hurt both stock prices and yuan After suffering initial disappointment, China-gazers everywhere were greatly cheered by the reform plans that finally emerged from the Communist Party's ... of detailed reform plans, the principal index of Hong Kong-listed mainland stocks has shot up by almost 9 per cent. Perhaps most impressively, shares of big mainland banks, which have long been ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's wealth fund is doing a lousy job investing our money

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 02:13am by Tom Holland

    ... in the Exchange Fund in 1994 would have been worth HK$287.69 at the end of last year. However, if the same HK$100 had been invested in the US stock market, it would have ended last year worth a thumping HK$583.53. That's despite two crashes in the US stock market in the intervening years. And if our HK$100 had been used to buy 10-year US Treasury bonds, today it would be worth a respectable ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The yuan hasn't overtaken the HK$ quite yet, Mr Chan

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... by the stock exchange, electronic point of sale transactions, and old-fashioned paper cheques. Add those in, and as the chart shows, total Hong Kong dollar interbank settlements in May came to HK ... overtaken the HK$ quite yet, Mr Chan According to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority the yuan has now overtaken the Hong Kong dollar in Hong Kong itself. Monday's edition of the Post quoted ...

  7. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    The yuan is falling, but only because Beijing wants it to

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 02:59am by Tom Holland

    ... January alone, companies and households in the onshore market sold enough foreign currency to buy an astonishing 460 billion yuan (HK$582 billion). To put the size of that flow into perspective, at the end of last year the entire stock of yuan-denominated deposits in Hong Kong's offshore market only came to 860 billion yuan. Handling such big flows causes problems for the PBOC. It can ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 04:31am by Tom Holland

    ... ran a surplus of HK$65 billion, it could scrap the stamp duty on stocks without even noticing the difference. The government could even profit. As the largest shareholder in Hong Kong ... stamp duty on share trading To support its unsuccessful attempt to list in Hong Kong, Chinese internet retail giant Alibaba argued that the city's share of Asian stock market trading ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    The encouraging signs behind China's record funding figures

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 04:47am by Tom Holland

    ... on Saturday. The bald numbers tell us that mainland banks last month made local and foreign-currency loans worth 1.48 trillion yuan (HK$1.9 trillion). That's the highest monthly lending figure ... the effects of slowing growth on the mainland, as many stock market investors are, then you might well conclude that January's pick-up in bank lending is welcome news because it will help support ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tighten, not ease, governance rules to promote Hong Kong's market

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 02:51am by Tom Holland

    ... rules to promote HK's market A couple of months ago, mainland internet giant Alibaba cancelled its proposed stock offering in Hong Kong. It pulled the deal after being told plans that would have allowed holders of 10 per cent of the company's stock to stuff the board with their own directors failed to meet the Hong Kong stock exchange's governance standards. Inevitably, ...




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