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  1. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing's statistical sleight of hand

    Posted Dec 06th 2013, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... used to calculate the consumer price index may no longer reflect actual spending patterns. In turn that means the official inflation figures will no longer accurately track price changes ... Their results showed that during the 1990s, official figures tended to overstate consumer price rises at a time when China was actually in deep deflation. In contrast, in recent years the official data ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Why the HKMA should fret over consumer debt

    Posted May 07th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... fret over consumer debt Only last week my esteemed colleague Jake van der Kamp was complaining that there is altogether too much consensus among the Business Post's columnists. ... if prices fell by a third, putting them back where they were in mid-2010, only around 1,000 families would find themselves under water. But if prices were to fall by half, dropping back ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The indebted consumer's guide to growth in China

    Posted Apr 19th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Growth rate of increase in loans key to fuelling country's economic pace but the credit-driven model is clearly not sustainable The indebted consumer's guide ... consumers, so with whole economies. According to Tilton, a 900 billion yuan increase in the quarterly flow of China's total social financing typically boosts the following quarter's ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Claims for economic freedom index simply don't stand up

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

    ... index simply don't stand up Once again, Hong Kong has been pronounced the world's freest economy. Yesterday, US free market lobby group Heritage Foundation published its 20th annual index of economic freedom. And for the 20th year in a row, there was Hong Kong sitting at the top of the ranking. Naturally, the Hong Kong government was overjoyed, with Financial Secretary John ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Reform pledges likely to hurt both stock prices and yuan

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

    ... to hurt both stock prices and yuan After suffering initial disappointment, China-gazers everywhere were greatly cheered by the reform plans that finally emerged from the Communist Party's ... of detailed reform plans, the principal index of Hong Kong-listed mainland stocks has shot up by almost 9 per cent. Perhaps most impressively, shares of big mainland banks, which have long been ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The great attraction of cash extraction

    Posted Nov 15th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... signs are not encouraging. The latest data-point on the Centa-City leading index shows a steep 1.5 per cent price rise in the week following the late October imposition of punitive stamp duties ... they are not- there appears little prospect of prices falling in the near future. Admittedly, one data-point on the Centa-City leading index is hardly conclusive. To get a firm idea of what's ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    How to make two problems worse with just one policy

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

    ... on inflation. With housing costs the biggest single component of the consumer price index shopping basket at a weight of 29 per cent, any painful increase in rents should soon make itself felt through ... Tom Holland Higher taxes for homebuyers will merely make property prices even more unaffordable, while adding to the government's unused cash pile How to make two problems worse ...

  8. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Inflation or deflation? It's all as clear as mud

    Posted Aug 07th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... isn't immediately obvious from the consumer inflation figures. In June, consumer price inflation was running at 2.7 per cent, up from 2.1 per cent in May. And when the numbers for July ... by a rise in food prices following recent bad weather. No doubt they are close. But it is misleading to look at consumer prices as the main indicator of inflation in China, considering that consumer ...

  9. 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

    ... Tom Holland With the mainland’s voracious demand, World Bank consultant projects steady climb in prices, and that will hurt global economic growth Oil price heading for US$200 ... any time soon. Although China's overall growth rate is set to slow over the next few years, it is likely Chinese consumer demand will continue to grow rapidly as household incomes rise. ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... Chee-hwa was still the chief executive of Hong Kong's government, and the city was struggling to emerge from a six-year-long deflationary slump. Property prices were down by half from their level at the time of the 1997 handover. The benchmark Hang Seng Index of blue-chip stocks was 25 per cent below its March 2000 peak, and unemployment was at 6.7 per cent, double its long-term ...




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