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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. Even guaranteed funds can be risky

    Posted Mar 08th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Threat to structured products grows as rising rates spark race among managers to unwind positions Some guaranteed funds and alternative investments sold to Hong Kong's ... investment products such as guaranteed funds and multiple-manager hedge funds. Guaranteed funds pledge investors a minimum return at the end of the fund's lifespan. Alternative investments ...

  7. Sober realism at Fortune forum

    Posted May 18th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... at all,' said Stuart Gulliver, chief executive of HSBC's corporate and investment banking unit. Mr Gulliver warned of the danger of developing a two-tier equity market in which China's ... in the domestic market and called for local investment quotas for qualified foreign institutional investors to be raised. Mr Watts argued that the size of the overhang of state-held shares was perhaps ...

  8. Management upbeat as bank continues to bleed

    Posted Aug 04th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... helped the group's investment banking division to a record operating profit of US$6.3 billion. That's more than double the US$2.7 billion recorded in the first half of last year, ...

  9. Another crisis lesson: Risk management creates risks

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

    ... regulators for falling asleep at the wheel. And blame has been heaped on investment bankers for being too greedy, and on credit rating agencies for being too reckless. But one set of culprits has ... it doesn't even include Wall Street's investment houses, insurance companies, hedge funds and other financial sector players. All that extra leverage had some curious effects. The second chart ...

  10. At these prices, speculating on gold is a high-risk trade

    Posted Oct 08th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... were coming true, and that the price of gold was finally heading for the massive rally they have long been forecasting. Invest in gold, they screeched. Invest now or you will miss out big time. ... as an investment doesn't discourage the metal's true believers. They can cite a list of reasons to invest as long as your arm. Typically, these range from buying gold in order to piggy-back ...




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