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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

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

    ... Tom Holland Ordinary investors face higher – and often hidden – risks and are all too likely to lose out under structures that strip them of their rights Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account A dozen years ago, when your columnist was working at the Wall Street Journal, our well-intentioned boss decided that his editorial staff needed to brush up ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Scrapping the one-child policy won't solve China's problems

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

    ... The Wall Street Journal predicted "it will put the economy on a better footing for decades to come". On the Hong Kong stock exchange, baby plays leapt in value. Over the last week, ...

  3. Business - Money - MONITOR

    No need to panic over slide in stock markets

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

    ... wasn't alone. Markets across Asia tumbled, following Monday's 2.3 per cent slide on Wall Street and extending the emerging markets rout of last week. Once again analysts are talking about ...

  4. 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

    ... borrowers would have gone to the wall. Ultimately the state banks would have stepped in to provide funding to stronger borrowers, effectively taking the exposure back on to their balance sheets. ... Lombard Street Research, neatly summarises the threat. At the end of 2012 China's total debt equalled 213 per cent of gross domestic product, high for a developing economy but "just ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Attempts to diversify China's reserves have been a disaster

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

    ... to yesterday's edition of The Wall Street Journal , China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange has opened a New York office to diversify its investments into unconventional asset classes. ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... information flows. None of those will be jeopardised by a few thousand protesters temporarily blocking some streets. As Monitor pointed out last year, a long history of anarchist protests aimed ...

  7. 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

    ... in the city's air quality over the next five years. Yesterday, she pledged to get the very worst-polluting buses and trucks- those that do the most harm to our health- off Hong Kong's streets ... stuff that poisons us the most is indeed pumped out here in our streets, Hong Kong also suffers from what we might call ambient pollution: the murky haze that rolls down from the great mainland ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Currency warmongering as out of place as the real thing

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

    ... approve of some countries' overly accommodative monetary policy." Then, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal , the head of Beijing's US$482 billion sovereign wealth fund ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To think clearly, our officials should stand on their heads

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

    ... Tom Holland Like the trams, financial chief John Tsang and his advisers' thought processes run along same old lines; they should apply inverse thinking To think clearly, our officials should stand on their heads Hong Kong's government officials and their advisers have problems with thinking. Like the antiquated trams that trundle through the streets of Hong Kong island, ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    If Mitt Romney is worrying, Paul Ryan is literally scary

    Posted Aug 30th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... forced to wade through 1,000 pages of The Wall Street Journal 's editorial page, rewritten for people with a reading age of seven and an IQ of 60. In short, these are books by someone who ...




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