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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing's financial reforms will push up interest rates

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 11:41pm by Tom Holland

    ... reforms will push up interest rates In recent months Beijing has slowly been relaxing its long-standing controls over the mainland's interest rates. In July last year, the central bank scrapped its minimum lending rates, in theory allowing banks complete freedom to set interest rates on loans to commercial customers. Then last month the People's Bank of China allowed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1407148/beijings-financial-reforms-will-push-interest-rates
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A healthy China would set interest rates at 10 per cent

    Posted Jan 05th 2014, 11:49pm by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Central bank action after spike in repurchase rate highlights that interest rates should be set at level close to nominal pace of output growth A healthy China would set interest rates at 10 per cent A nasty liquidity squeeze gripped the mainland's financial markets in the third week of December. As the country's banks scrambled for cash, the seven-day ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1398419/healthy-china-would-set-interest-rates-10-cent
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Alibaba's plan to stuff board hardly in investors' interests

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... board hardly in investors' interests For the founders of successful companies, going public with a stock exchange listing is often a deeply traumatic experience. From being the absolute ... Manchester United's listing proposal as against minority shareholders' interests. In response, Alibaba has come up with a different plan. Instead of asking for two share classes, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1299936/alibabas-plan-stuff-board-hardly-investors-interests
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Directors' privacy is a direct attack on the public interest

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... on the public interest Yesterday's South China Morning Post carried a full page petition signed by 1,768 journalists protesting against the Hong Kong government's plans to restrict public ... interest. And it is nothing more than the necessary corollary of the privileged public protection limited liability companies enjoy. In seeking to declare company directors' details secret, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1138201/directors-privacy-direct-attack-public-interest
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fed's zero interest rate hurts Asia and may not help the US

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

    ... Tom Holland Federal Reserve's rock-bottom approach feeds inflation in developing countries – and might even prolong the downturn in America Fed's zero interest rate hurts Asia and may not help the US Speaking in Hong Kong this week, Charles Evans, head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, reiterated the Fed's pledge to keep US interest rates at rock-bottom ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1128881/feds-zero-interest-rate-hurts-asia-and-may-not-help-us
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 12:24am by Tom Holland

    ... not reduced its current account surplus because of external pressure," Osborne gushed, "they've done it because the Chinese understand it is in their self-interest to move away from ... and interest rate arbitrages. The yuan has been strengthening, so people and companies offshore have been happy to hold it. Similarly, in an era of low interest rates, yields on the yuan are relatively ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1432166/george-osborne-wrong-about-china-and-yuan
  7. Business - Economy - MONITOR

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

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

    ... interest rates may be modest. But returns in the onshore market, especially in the mainland's shadow financial system, are considerably higher than on major currencies like the yen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1438811/yuan-falling-only-because-beijing-wants-it
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A nice idea Mr Yam, but it will be a long time before it can fly

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... on the People's Bank of China to ditch its reliance on reserve requirements for managing monetary policy, and to adopt a Western-style policy interest rate instead. Constraining monetary growth by forcing ... would tend to push up interest rates, which would only attract more inflows, compounding the problem. What's more, it also would inflict heavy losses on the central bank, which would earn ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1430637/nice-idea-mr-yam-it-will-be-long-time-it-can-fly
  9. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    To continue growing, China will have to work a lot smarter

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by Tom Holland

    ... labour, or human capital. You can add physical capital. Or you can get smarter about how you work. Measuring the first two inputs is simple. Measuring the third driver of growth is very difficult. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1422434/continue-growing-china-will-have-work-lot-smarter
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Neither Singapore nor Hong Kong is an Iceland waiting to happen

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 12:42am by Tom Holland

    ... economic and monetary boom across much of Asia. In just five years from 2002 to 2007, Iceland’s bank assets ballooned more than tenfold In Singapore interest rates fell to within a whisker of zero, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1427348/neither-singapore-nor-hong-kong-iceland-waiting-happen

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