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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's not heresy to expect grand projects to pay for themselves

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 01:01am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The capital market provides a ready solution, and the extra scrutiny that comes with bond issues might just spare us some white elephants It's not heresy to expect grand ... cheaply enough. What's more, requiring them to issue bonds would expose the city's grand projects to the sort of hard scrutiny that until now they have escaped. We might just end up ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    The encouraging signs behind China's record funding figures

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 04:47am by Tom Holland

    ... shadow market- and both optimists and pessimists can find evidence to support their views. Altogether, as the first chart shows, new funding measured by Beijing's "total social ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Conspiracy theories abound about China's gold purchases

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 01:51am by Tom Holland

    ... tonnes. Alas, even 5,000 tonnes would be nothing like enough to launch a convincing monetary system. Fully backing China's monetary base- the yuan in issue plus Chinese banks' reserves ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

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

    ... financial markets, it stood no chance of toppling the dollar. It looked as if things might change with the introduction in 1999 of the euro. International issues of euro-denominated debt took off, ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The essential financial reform Beijing cannot afford to ignore

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... above all in new infrastructure. Yet Beijing's rules prohibited local governments both from borrowing directly from China's banks or from issuing bonds. As a result, they had to come ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Claims for economic freedom index simply don't stand up

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

    ... On Liberty, for daring to suggest that because trade is a social rather than personal act, it should be subject to social control and regulation. The foundation's researchers have no doubts. ... Yet despite that handicap, Britain has managed to overhaul Hong Kong in terms of income per capita. Meanwhile, the social democracies of Scandinavia, which also get a lowly freedom rank from ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Spending on old folks isn't the problem- it's the solution

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 01:37am by Tom Holland

    ... and Welfare Fund, to be managed by the Exchange Fund and dedicated to providing a social safety net for the city's growing population of elderly. The government is now sitting on something like ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Nothing new in Beijing's latest 'clampdown' on shadow loans

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 03:33am by Tom Holland

    ... in Beijing's latest 'clampdown' on shadow loans Another year, another clampdown on China's shadow banking system. Last month, the State Council issued a policy directive aimed ... in 2008. No wonder, then, that Beijing says it wants to boost its regulatory oversight of China's off-balance-sheet lending. However, there's a problem with the directive issued last ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Capital investment fails unless you build social capital as well

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

    ... unless you build social capital as well As a youngster, Monitor 's columnist lived largely in the oil-exporting kingdoms, sultanates and emirates of the Persian Gulf. At the time, money ... to private entrepreneurs and levels of education, among others. All these together, he calls social capital, arguing that for any level of social capital, there is an optimum level of investment ...

  10. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing sets irreconcilable economic targets for 2014

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:28am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Much needed reforms will slow down the economy, so a pledge of stable growth is at odds with priorities of tackling debt and overcapacity Beijing sets irreconcilable economic targets for 2014 Last week China's leaders met to set their economic policy goals for next year. According to a statement issued late on Friday after the meeting's conclusion, ...




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