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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Why London became a centre of finance, but Shanghai won't

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Here is a lesson for those who think that China's big business capital will become a major centre servicing massive outward investments… Why London became a centre of finance, but Shanghai won't When the British want to explain why the City of London is the world's leading international financial centre, they usually attribute its position to a couple ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Who's more damaging, Hong Kong officials or Occupy Central?

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 12:32am by Tom Holland

    ... directly at London's main financial district has done nothing to harm its world-leading status. Hong Kong's bankers have nothing to fear from Occupy except perhaps for a little minor ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

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

    ... they render the results meaningless). And yesterday Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, was in Hong Kong talking up London's prospects as a centre for yuan-denominated ... more unbalanced. The British chancellor is also wildly off-kilter when it comes to the yuan. Keen to promote London as a centre for yuan business, yesterday he announced that "what we all ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China may have problems, but this scare story isn't one of them

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:57am by Tom Holland

    ... edition of London's Daily Telegraph. The article noted nervously that foreign currency borrowing by Chinese companies has almost quadrupled in just four years to more than US$1 trillion. Any ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Chinese investors should avoid Britain's rotten egg rail project

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 12:55am by Tom Holland

    ... Britain's rotten egg rail project According to reports last week, Chinese state companies are eager to invest in Britain's planned HS2 high-speed railway from London to Birmingham, and beyond ... between London and Birmingham, officials would be better off spending a few million to equip existing trains with fast and reliable Wi-fi connections. Next there are questions over HS2's ...

  6. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hong Kong's economy

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 04:17am by Tom Holland

    ... None of those will be jeopardised by a few thousand protesters temporarily blocking some streets. If you doubt that, simply look at London, which has a long and turbulent history of street ... to the Carnival Against Capitalism of the 1990s (in 1999, demonstrators attempted to storm the floor of London's leading derivatives exchange, only to be repulsed by the traders), ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's stamp duties are woefully inefficient ways to tax

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 03:27am by Tom Holland

    ... of the total trading in Swedish equities migrated offshore to London. As a result, the Swedish government was left worse off. The effect on the fixed-income market was even more pronounced, as bond ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The 4.3tr yuan cost of financial openness

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

    ... but around 500 billion yuan of China's savings- or more than 99 per cent- must be invested domestically. "It's hardly the optimal allocation," notes London Business School ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A 15-hour work week sounds great, but we'd still want more

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Our failure to spend more time in leisure is a result of our desire for material wealth with an emphasis on output growth for its own sake A 15-hour work week sounds great, but we'd still want more Last Tuesday, Monitor looked at the rise of what it euphemistically called "billshut jobs". The article was inspired by London School of Economics professor David ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Ask yourself this morning: Is my job a load of billshut?

    Posted Sep 17th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The conspiracy view that the ruling class devised pointless work for the masses may be off the mark, but so is Keynes' forecast of 15-hour week Ask yourself this morning: Is my job a load of billshut? London School of Economics professor David Graeber caused something of a stir last month with an article in Britain's Strike! magazine whose title I shall ...




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