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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Danger signals as China's state sector leverage reaches new heights

    Posted May 09th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... That puts the corporate debt to GDP level higher than that of the United States and on a par with crisis-hit Europe. But as Viktor Hjort, a fixed income analyst at Morgan Stanley, pointed out ... Tom Holland China's state companies are more highly leveraged than sub-investment grade 'high yield' companies in either the US or the European Union Danger signals as state ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1233200/danger-signals-chinas-state-sector-leverage-reaches-new-heights
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... it is second only to the United States and is widely tipped to reach number one by the end of the decade. Back then an estimated 94 million mainlanders had access to the internet. Today the number ... Pollution, corruption, wasteful investment, the failure of the state to embrace free competition, the fragility of the banking sector, and the weakness of the stock market all rated multiple columns ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441327/after-nine-years-its-time-leave-stage
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 12:24am by Tom Holland

    ... it, China would have to run a sizeable trade deficit, much as the United States does today. That doesn't look probable in the foreseeable future. As National Development and Reform ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1432166/george-osborne-wrong-about-china-and-yuan
  4. 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 Singapore, and less than a quarter of electricity consumption per head in the United States. In other words, as the mainland economy continues to develop, its demand for power will only increase. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426234/even-hong-kongs-best-efforts-may-not-help-clear-our-air
  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Continued yuan appreciation is no longer such a sure thing

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 04:31am by Tom Holland

    ... entirely eliminated the cost advantage of manufacturing in China rather than the United States. There are still good reasons to make things in China, including the cluster effect of local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1424660/continued-yuan-appreciation-no-longer-such-sure-thing
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even an export rebound won't do much to lift China growth

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 01:07am by Tom Holland

    ... month's exports were propelled by a revival of demand from the big developed economies. Shipments to the United States rose 10.7 per cent, to Japan 16 per cent and to Europe 19.2 per cent. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426699/even-export-rebound-wont-do-much-lift-china-growth
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    We don't need a Future Fund. The future is already upon us

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 01:34am by Tom Holland

    ... and welfare. "There is no reason why the government should forego and defer receipt of its capital revenues," they state. In short, they dismiss almost every suggestion for ways ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1440476/we-dont-need-future-fund-future-already-upon-us
  8. Business - MONITOR

    Thank God the flag-waving is over for the next 4 years

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is Mongolia. Ranked this way, China succeeds in beating the United States. But in 63rd and 64th place respectively out of 85 countries that won medals, neither country exactly covered itself in glory. ... that the whole thing is bound up with the rise of nationalism- that is, with the lunatic modern habit of identifying oneself with large power units and seeing everything in terms of competitive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1013880/thank-god-flag-waving-over-next-4-years
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To get rich, poor states must ignore the Washington rule book

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... was Japan's rapid growth of the 1960s, achieved thanks largely to the state's allocation of resources into nascent manufacturing industries which benefited handsomely from a protected home market ... Beijing enthusiastically embraced the other main elements of the northeast Asian model. The government retained control of the financial system, allocating cheap capital to protected state ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1259390/get-rich-poor-states-must-ignore-washington-rule-book
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Claims for economic freedom index simply don't stand up

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

    ... in the wealth rankings. But the United States, which has consistently come behind the city on the Heritage index remains firmly in front in terms of incomes per head. And Singapore, less free than Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1405726/claims-economic-freedom-index-simply-dont-stand

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