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  1. Business - Money - MONITOR

    No need to panic over slide in stock markets

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 05:37am by Tom Holland

    ... in stock markets The Year of the Horse is off to a skittish start. Yesterday, Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index slumped by 2.9 per cent, its biggest fall in more than a year. The Hang Seng ... many candidates, and none is entirely convincing. Lots of people blamed the weakness of the US stock market on December's dismal job creation figures and January's weak factory ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... 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 ... trading volumes and revitalise the local market, Alibaba claimed. But to win the deal, the firm argued, the Hong Kong stock exchange would have to accept that innovative technology companies like ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Why it's worth anticipating the next great bull market in China stocks

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... in China stocks It might sound counter-intuitive, but international investors are getting increasingly excited about the performance prospects of China's onshore stock markets. The interest ... with this line of reasoning is that China's stock markets are driven by millions of retail investors who think nothing of valuations and care only for momentum. Their attitude is understandable. ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Stock market under Guo shows how politics clashes with reform

    Posted Jan 31st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Hopes were high when Guo Shuqing was appointed to head the China Securities Regulatory Commission, but politics soon got in the way … Stock market story shows how reform ... as someone who understood the way markets should work. He was seen as just the chap to shake up the stock supervisor and place market regulation on a new footing for the future. A shake-up was badly ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Reform pledges likely to hurt both stock prices and yuan

    Posted Nov 27th 2013, 03:32am by Tom Holland

    ... at Goldman Sachs, for example, last week upgraded China's market to "overweight". They especially recommended Chinese bank stocks as likely to see "asymmetric upside risk" ... China's state sector companies, which make up the bulk of the mainland's stock market capitalisation. If the promised reforms are pushed through, privileged state-owned companies will find ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tighten, not ease, governance rules to promote Hong Kong's market

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 02:51am by Tom Holland

    ... rules to promote HK's market A couple of months ago, mainland internet giant Alibaba cancelled its proposed stock offering in Hong Kong. It pulled the deal after being told plans that would have allowed holders of 10 per cent of the company's stock to stuff the board with their own directors failed to meet the Hong Kong stock exchange's governance standards. Inevitably, ...

  7. Business - China Business - MONITOR

    No sign of an end to China markets' woeful performance

    Posted Jul 05th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Chinese shares may indeed look cheap, but predictions of a rally in mainland stocks are merely a triumph of hope over experience No sign of an end to mainland markets' woeful performance When China's stock markets fell to a four-year low last week, it triggered a spurt of reports from optimistic analysts claiming the mainland's benchmark stock indices ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's stock regulator is clutching at straws

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

    ... Tom Holland Beijing’s measures in favour of margin trading will destabilise the market and scare away ordinary investors as volatility takes its toll China's stock regulator is clutching at straws Beijing's efforts to talk up the mainland's domestic stock market are sounding increasingly desperate. This week the China Securities Regulatory Commission said ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Irrational financial markets disprove wisdom of crowds

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... cumulative fall over the past four weeks to 11 per cent. It is not just Hong Kong's market that has taken a hammering. Mainland stock markets are down. too. And in Southeast Asia, share prices, ... should take a look at what has been going on in the financial markets. A market, after all, is made up of a crowd of investors, and its price fluctuations represent swings in the aggregate ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Investors' fears of fiscal tightening by Beijing are over-blown

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Stock markets in Hong Kong and on the mainland dived yesterday as investors reacted to overblown fears of fiscal tightening by Beijing Don't panic: those liquidity worries ... to drain some liquidity from the mainland's money markets, and stock markets went into full panic mode yesterday. Afraid that the mainland authorities were about to institute another round ...




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