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  1. Government's bonds look a poor buy for retail investors

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

    ... assertions are questionable. It is far from clear either that the government's planned bonds will be a good investment for ordinary retail investors, or that the proposed programme of issues ... really wants to deepen the local bond market, it should push to bring retail bond trading on to the stock exchange and into the central clearing system and ensure that ordinary investors ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

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

    ... that amid all the current kerfuffle over Alibaba and its proposed Hong Kong listing. Alibaba, the mainland's internet retail giant, is being pushed to go public by a line-up of private equity ... of American adults own shares directly as retail investors. According to the Hong Kong stock exchange, here the proportion is 36 per cent. So it's all very well for US regulators to say ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Arguments for keeping Hong Kong's stamp duty fail close scrutiny

    Posted Nov 01st 2013, 03:09am by Tom Holland

    ... they argued. Those are what I should be denouncing. Them, I can only advise to get a new broker. These days, retail investors can easily strike agreements to pay no more than 0.1 per cent in commission ... to the market, that the liquidity they contributed disappeared when volatility surged, that they caused volatility to surge further, and that they ripped off retail investors by executing at better ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Little evidence of reform so far from China's reformist leaders

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 03:56am by Tom Holland

    ... earlier. The growth of fixed-asset investment fell, too, while retail sales also grew more slowly. Noting the pattern, many China-watchers predicted a weaker performance in the last quarter ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 04:31am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The 10 basis-point rate may not sound like much but it is easily enough to discourage high-frequency traders from dealing in the city's market Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading To support its unsuccessful attempt to list in Hong Kong, Chinese internet retail giant Alibaba argued that the city's share of Asian stock market trading ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Alibaba's loss won't damage the Hong Kong stock market

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

    ... Tom Holland City's exchange should be applauded for refusing to yield to internet giant's demands for a potentially damaging corporate structure Alibaba's loss won't damage the Hong Kong stock market Mainland internet retail giant Alibaba has now joined Manchester United Football Club on the list of companies that approached the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ...

  7. Take hopes for mainland shoppers with pinch of salt

    Posted Apr 21st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... into an early recovery. In support of their view, the bulls typically point to the mainland's relatively robust growth in retail sales, the recent sharp uptick in car sales, and a host ... convincing. At a time when other sectors of the economy, like exports, have collapsed, retail sales are indeed continuing to grow at a fair clip. In March sales were up 14.7 per cent year on year. ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Five years later, what has the mini-bond scandal taught us?

    Posted Sep 18th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... they were credit-linked notes assembled using complex derivatives. Most developed markets prohibit the sale of these notes to retail investors. But in Hong Kong's more relaxed regulatory ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Alibaba's plan to stuff board hardly in investors' interests

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... a device which allowed the management to keep control of 60 per cent of the company's voting power. The founders of Alibaba, the privately held mainland internet retail giant planning ...

  10. Bottom line veils serious doubts

    Posted Aug 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Global reach and a spectrum of retail businesses are paying off for HSBC. The banking giant rode out a flattening US dollar yield curve and deteriorating consumer credit ... progress'. Sir John compared HSBC's investment in its corporate and investment banking arm to the US$600 million put into building its retail banking presence around Asia outside Hong Kong ...




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