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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Yuan's rise traps authorities between rock and hard place

    Posted Apr 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... between rock and hard place The yuan climbed to a record post-revaluation high against the US dollar yesterday (see the first chart). After its recent gains, the Chinese currency has now ... would inflict massive, and potentially embarrassing, paper losses on the central bank. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the authorities have compromised. Over the first three months ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Currency warmongering as out of place as the real thing

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... are far more likely to accept the fall as fatter profit margins than to cut their prices. Currency militarism is just as out of place as the real thing. I'm afraid the reader who defended ... Chavez took over, enjoyed just one-seventh of its inflation rate last year.   tom.holland@scmp.com Currency warmongering as out of place as the real thing ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    After nine years, it's time to leave the stage

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:25am by Tom Holland

    ... also worried about the severity of local pollution and angry at the government's failure to do anything to clear the air. ("We have the most environmentally-friendly place for people, ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... majority of the 54 million visitors who came to the city last year did so to go shopping. Some two-thirds of all spending by visitors to Hong Kong takes place in the city's shops. ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:46am by Tom Holland

    ... investment and the rapid growth in electricity production, which has catapulted the mainland into first place as the world's biggest power generator, it remains energy-poor. Last year, ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Tom Holland

    ... as a currency for invoicing and settling international trade, even among third parties. Other countries chose to anchor their exchange rate to Germany's, and the mark found a prominent place ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    By avoiding a small crisis now China risks a big one in future

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 05:02am by Tom Holland

    ... the original backer of the failed coal company that borrowed the money in the first place. It could be none, any, or all of them. But whichever it is, no one can doubt that China's authorities ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Claims for economic freedom index simply don't stand up

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 01:30am by Tom Holland

    ... Greater economic freedom leads to greater prosperity, which they define as a higher gross domestic product per capita. Last year … Hong Kong had slipped to a lamentable 25th place in terms of its ... in US dollars of the day, the city was placed a whisker behind the Netherlands and just ahead of Singapore. By last year, however, despite having enjoyed such an unbroken spell of unmatched ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To think clearly, our officials should stand on their heads

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... asking the wrong questions. Instead, try pretending that your problem is actually the solution, and then work out what question you should have been asking in the first place. It's hardly ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing's financial reforms will push up interest rates

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

    ... to put in place first. Before it can liberalise deposit rates, Beijing needs to introduce a deposit insurance scheme. The authorities also need to make it abundantly clear that only investment ...




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