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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Global enthusiasm for yuan overstated

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 04:30am by Tom Holland

    ... in Hong Kong. If you were to judge by the headlines, you would get the impression that since then the currency has taken the world by storm. Last month, the value of deposits in Hong Kong leapt ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 04:32am by Tom Holland

    ... judged to be a perfectly respectable transaction. The three journalists in the room disagreed. "What about the ordinary shareholders?" we asked. They had bought into a solid business ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Capital base of Chinese banks not as strong as bosses claim

    Posted Aug 30th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Lenders' capital-to-asset ratios do not adequately reflect exposure to off-balance sheet loans made through shadow banking channels Capital base of Chinese banks not as strong as bosses claim Judge by the headlines and it looks as if China's banks are in rude financial health. In recent days, the country's big state-owned banks have announced half-year ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's ascendancy delayed, but only by a scant few years

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

    ... not to judge great powers in terms of sheer military might, but rather by their economic strength. By that yardstick, the US still enjoys global primacy. But so severe was the US financial crisis, ...

  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Logic of China's economic growth policies Orwellian

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

    ... growth to fall below a minimum acceptable floor rate, which, judging from recent comments by senior officials, has been set somewhere around 6.5 or 7 per cent. Unfortunately, basic arithmetic ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Stanley Ho's Jetstar move highlights folly of express rail link to Shenzhen

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

    ... Tom Holland History shows Stanley Ho is a much better judge of what's a good investment than our government, and his Jetstar bet will do it again Budget airlines will always beat high-speed rail travel Who has the greater business acumen, Macau gambling mogul Stanley Ho and his minions, or the Hong Kong government? Ho's track record speaks for itself. Despite losing its ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    US economic recovery could spell disaster for Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 30th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... will inevitably mean a steep fall in property prices. How steep is anyone's guess. But judging from experience, a fall of anywhere between 30 and 50 per cent looks quite possible. ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China a green energy leader? Don't make me laugh

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of January's two-week toxic coal smog linger like a foul smell. But if you were to judge by the breathy praise heaped on Beijing by a couple of recent reports, you could easily get the impression ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hyenas play a vital role in financial markets, too

    Posted Sep 18th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... its denial, and filed a New York lawsuit accusing Anthion of defamation, trade libel, unjust enrichment and "unlawful deceptive acts and practices". The judge, however, had little ... not constitute either defamation or libel. Similarly, the judge ruled that because Silvercorp had never paid Anthion for any services, the claim of unjust enrichment could not apply, and that because ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's relationship with mainland is no one-way street

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Hong Kong's relationship with mainland is no one-way street If you were to judge Hong Kong's relationship with the mainland solely on the basis of what government officials here say, you would get a thoroughly confused picture. On one hand, the government paints Hong Kong as a supplicant, begging for scraps from Beijing's table. In a volatile world, ...




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