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  1. News - World - FRANCE

    Hollande set to name Manuel Valls as French PM after election rout

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 07:44pm by AFP

    ... Sunday' at polls for Hollande President Francois Hollande was set to name Interior Minister Manuel Valls as prime minister, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault, reports said last night, a day after ... reshuffle was widely anticipated given the poor showing in elections and the record unpopularity of Hollande, struggling to reverse a rise in unemployment and to spur growth in the euro zone's ...

  2. News - World - HOLLAND

    Rutte wins Dutch election

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 10:13am by Reuters in Amsterdam

    ... Reuters in Amsterdam Liberals win, Labour’s Samsom concedes defeat Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte won a closely contested election as voters handed pro-European parties a sweeping victory, shunning the radical fringes and dispelling concerns that eurosce ...

  3. News - World - FRANCE

    Hollande adviser Aquilino Morelle quits amid conflict of interest claims

    Posted Apr 19th 2014, 01:24am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Hollande's key adviser gets the boot A close adviser to Francois Hollande resigned yesterday after allegations about an alleged conflict of interest ... of Hollande's communications operation, maintained a collection of 30 pairs of handmade shoes at the Elysee that were professionally polished every two months. The adviser's taste for the best ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The HK$1 trillion reason to keep Hong Kong's US dollar peg

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Logic of switching to a yuan anchor doesn't stand up when that currency isn't freely convertible and its offshore liquidity is shallow The HK$1 trillion reason ... The cost could easily exceed HK$1 trillion. It's time to ditch this silly idea. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  5. Business - Commodities - MONITOR

    Oil price heading for US$200 as China's imports set to surge

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With the mainland’s voracious demand, World Bank consultant projects steady climb in prices, and that will hurt global economic growth Oil price heading for US$200 ... tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Despite default risk, Beijing is stuck with US Treasury debt

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland None of the diversification options – commodities, foreign equities and property and debt of other big sovereign borrowers – look attractive Despite default risk, Beijing ... In short, Beijing is stuck with holding US government debt. No wonder officials are seething. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Powerful evidence Hong Kong officials just don't care about pollution

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Although the mainland could be blamed for the periodic smogs, the city's government has failed in its measures to improve air quality Powerful evidence HK officials just ... the comforting miasma of bureaucratic flatulence that pervades their hermetically sealed offices. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Asia can relax; there is small chance of a US debt default

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Washington will have no problem repaying its loans, given the tax revenues it will be getting and its ability to roll over maturing debt Asia can relax; there is small chance ... of this year. If that slowdown really is the result of a deliberate policy, it certainly represents a novel way to rein in runaway economic growth. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even IMF staffers are warning of an economic crisis in China

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Malhar Nabar and Papa N'Diaye warn that without significant policy changes, China's economy may fall off the rails and take years to recover Even IMF staffers ... of capital. Although growth would suffer in the short run, the longer term result should be a growth trajectory similar to Korea's - not Latin America's. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Ratings are not credit - and a new agency won't change that

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Investors from the developing world should base their risk assessment on their own research and the interest rates in the open market Ratings are not credit - and a new agency ... Markets do get things wrong, but prices still tend to be a much better indicator of risk than any agency rating, whatever de Villepin might say. tom.holland@scmp.com ...




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