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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... is well over 600 million. Then there were just 11 million private cars on China's roads. Today there are nearly 100 million. In 2005 the yuan was still pegged to the US dollar. Now it has ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Neither Singapore nor Hong Kong is an Iceland waiting to happen

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 12:42am by Tom Holland

    ... low, and even in the depths of the last property crash, when prices fell by two-thirds, home loan delinquency rates never exceeded 1.5 per cent. Yes, the increase in local banks' exposure ...

  3. Business - Money - MONITOR

    No need to panic over slide in stock markets

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

    ... market crash. Compare that with Hong Kong's more modest valuation at the beginning of the year of just 10.4 times earnings. Seen in that light, a healthy correction in the US market looks ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China may have problems, but this scare story isn't one of them

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:57am by Tom Holland

    ... was catastrophic. The rupiah crashed 85 per cent in value in just six months in a full-blown currency crisis that remains seared into the mindsets of policymakers across Asia. In 2014, China has ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's wealth fund is doing a lousy job investing our money

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 02:13am by Tom Holland

    ... HK$583.53. That's despite two crashes in the US stock market in the intervening years. And if our HK$100 had been used to buy 10-year US Treasury bonds, today it would be worth a respectable ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading

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

    ... They argue that the absence of high-frequency traders protects Hong Kong from sudden bouts of volatility like the "flash crash" of May 2010 in which the US stock market dropped 9 per cent ...

  7. Business - Commodities - MONITOR

    Oil price heading for US$200 as China's imports set to surge

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

    ... And it is consumer demand, in the form of ballooning sales of private cars, that is driving China's demand for oil. According to Simon Powell, the head of oil and gas research at brokerage house CLSA, 10 million new cars will hit China's roads each year for the next 10 years. What's more, the fastest growing sector of the market, with sales accelerating by 25 per cent a year, ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Don't kid yourself that electric taxis are green

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... have to wonder what he's been smoking. BYD boasts its e6 cars have zero emissions. This is nonsense. For one thing, it takes a lot of energy to manufacture battery-powered cars. BYD's ... pumps out twice as much greenhouse gas as building a conventional car. And even when electric cars reach the road, they are not emission-free. Their batteries have to be recharged, which means ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Powerful evidence Hong Kong officials just don't care about pollution

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

    ... of parked cars to turn off their engines, a rule even the police ignore. And it has banned smoking at bus stops; perhaps to ensure those waiting are poisoned more effectively by antique bus diesel ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A 15-hour work week sounds great, but we'd still want more

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... they rightly ascribe our urge for more material wealth- iPhones, cars, luxury holidays, whatever- to our desire to possess more than our neighbours, Skidelsky and Skidelsky still underestimate ...




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