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  1. Beware Obama offering easier investment terms

    Posted Nov 18th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and China Construction Bank Corp, reportedly because of regulators' reservations over the role of the banks' controlling shareholder, the state-run China Investment Corp. So yesterday's news would appear to be a big step forward. And at first, this might seem a good time for Chinese banks to invest in their US counterparts. The American economy is emerging from recession, ...

  2. Sifting investment gold from the dubious dross

    Posted Oct 14th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... bears. Either that, it read, or I must be 'a bit thick' for doubting the merits of gold as an investment. Well, there's no arguing with true believers. But for the rest of us, ...

  3. New investment measures do not go nearly far enough

    Posted May 27th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Beijing's announcement on Monday that it is to open up state-controlled industries to private investment was presented as a bold piece of economic liberalisation. ... government is planning to open industries including oil, railways, electricity generation and telecommunications to private capital in order to boost investment during the economic downturn. At first ...

  4. The investment equivalent of judging a book by its cover

    Posted Jun 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Stock investors everywhere like nothing better than a simple, straightforward investment story. In recent months, they have found one: that China will lead the world out ... As the first of the two charts below shows, US$1 invested in a portfolio of 'China names' in September 2006 would have been worth more than US$3 by October the following year. In contrast, ...

  5. Beware: investment gurus can damage your wealth

    Posted Jan 20th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... it comes to investment advisers. Consider the example of financial guru Jim Rogers. Yesterday, Mr Rogers gave the keynote speech at the 2009 Asian Financial Forum organised by the Hong Kong ... 'uplifting'. Mr Rogers originally earned his reputation as an investment wizard for setting up the massively successful Quantum hedge fund alongside George Soros way back in the early 1970s. Although ...

  6. Investment will slow but Beijing holds key to soft landing

    Posted May 19th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Investment in China will slow down. The only question is whether it slows the easy way or the hard way. China's investment in fixed assets- roads, buildings, production ... Clearly, investment growth cannot continue to outstrip overall economic growth by such a wide margin. If fixed asset investment were to keep growing at 30 per cent a year and the overall economy ...

  7. Investment doomsayers have their eyes on the wrong ball

    Posted Jun 15th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Today China's National Bureau of Statistics will publish figures expected to show a 30 per cent year-on-year increase in fixed-asset investment for the first five months ... Investors will fret that such high investment growth is reminiscent of Thailand immediately before its economic collapse in 1997. Economists will argue that the low valuation of China's ...

  8. Easier investment rules more symbolic than substantive

    Posted Apr 19th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Four-and-a-half years after the idea was first mooted, China will finally allow its citizens to invest some of their savings in securities listed outside the mainland. ... by Chinese banks. Relatively little is likely to be converted from yuan savings. In any case, the initial outflows will be peanuts compared with vast sums of foreign trade earnings and investment ...

  9. Regulatory cloud and heavy investments dull 3G shine

    Posted Apr 04th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Ovum, says to spread the investment costs and lend TD-SCDMA critical mass, the other two 3G licences are also likely to require their recipients to invest in TD-SCDMA networks parallel ... of investment in 3G infrastructure and fierce competition to win subscribers will inflict at least two years of losses on licensees, which are only likely to break even in their third year ...

  10. Outward investment to increase in hunt for new markets

    Posted Oct 04th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The standard perception of China's outward investments- that they are aimed primarily at securing long-term supplies of strategic raw materials such as iron ore, copper or natural gas- is out of date. As competition intensifies at home and margins in the domestic market fall, more and more Chinese companies are investing abroad in an attempt to establish new markets ...




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