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  1. 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

    ... Setting up this ill-defined Future Fund will simply cut off an obvious source of funding for that assistance. It is surely the government's worst idea yet, and should be shot down ...

  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

    To boost business, WTO must ditch 'all or nothing' approach

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 03:12am by Tom Holland

    ... deal falls far, far short of the comprehensive global trade agreement envisaged at the start of the Doha round of talks back in 2001. The WTO's glacially slow progress and the meagreness ... Union, which can devote huge resources to securing advantageous deals, and away from poorer countries. Third, they add greatly to the complexity of the global trade system. The result ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To think clearly, our officials should stand on their heads

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

    ... of their lease. That way, instead of sucking money out of the economy to lock away as capital reserves, the government would secure a steady revenue stream immune to swings in the economic cycle, which ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It pays China to block global deals on climate and trade

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 03:19am by Tom Holland

    ... Bali wasn't much better. The assembled trade negotiators did agree to cut red tape. But their deal wasn't much to show for 12 years of talks. A comprehensive agreement on dismantling ... on carbon emissions, a comprehensive treaty on trade is impossible. The problem is carbon leakage. European countries have worked hard over recent years to reduce their carbon dioxide output, ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong needs a fresh policy on water before the taps run dry

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... a single agency, and formulating a long-term policy to ensure the security and reliability of the city's water supply. And we should do it before our taps run dry. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  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 - Comment - MONITOR

    Little evidence of reform so far from China's reformist leaders

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 03:56am by Tom Holland

    ... they believe slower growth will assist a much-needed rebalancing towards a more consumer-driven economy. That's the optimistic viewpoint. The pessimists, meanwhile, doubt either ... been marked by a pronounced expansion of credit to fund a pick-up in state-backed investment. The first chart below shows the year-on-year growth rate of total social financing- Beijing's ...




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