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  1. Business - Property - MONITOR

    Contradictory figures fuelling China property bubble debate

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

    ... bubble debate Chatter about a bubble in China's property market has risen to deafening volumes lately. Since the authorities released numbers last week showing that home prices in major ... figures don't settle the debate. The National Bureau of Statistics publishes three data series for completed residential floor space. The most widely followed is for residential ...

  2. Business - China Business - MONITOR

    Remember what's at stake in China's reform debate

    Posted Jul 29th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... in China's reform debate In recent weeks, the volume of commentary about the mainland's economic reform has reached a fevered pitch. Every official pronouncement is scoured either for evidence ... the debate can get a little theoretical. Sometimes, it is so blinkered it is almost reminiscent of medieval European philosophers arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. So ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Introduce a voucher system to settle the ESF funding debate

    Posted Nov 20th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the ESF funding debate The Hong Kong government's education funding policy is in a mess. It's time to tear it up and start again. Yesterday Secretary of Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim wrote ... the perennial ESF funding debate. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Debate stance on China shows cynicism of two US candidates

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Both candidates can talk tough for the benefit of the voters but they know there is little profit in carrying out the threats when in office Debate stance on China shows cynicism of two US candidates It is hard to know which was more hurtful to the "feelings of the Chinese people": that both candidates in yesterday's US presidential debate took ...

  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    CY's policies will exacerbate city's coming down-cycle

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 02:36am by Tom Holland

    ... low-income working family allowance scheme is such a smart proposal is debatable, however. A cynic would say it is merely a HK$3 billion subsidy for employers to allow them to keep wages low. Still, ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's time for some big thinking about Hong Kong's tax system

    Posted Aug 06th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With the prospect of shrinking revenue ahead, this column will get the debate started with some inventive – and fair – options to fill the coffers It's time for some big ... debate on the subject, pre-empting any future government attempt to force a lousy solution on Hong Kong's long-suffering populace. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A narrow escape from the perils of official subsidies

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... service station took some time, and lots of spirited debate when we stopped to ask for directions. But eventually we did find it: closed. The proprietress of a nearby teashop assured us ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Iceland's harsh cure would be a better medicine for Cyprus

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with relief in much of the rest of the euro zone, whether the package is really such a good outcome for either the economy or the people of Cyprus people is debatable, to say the least. Olli Rehn, ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fed's zero interest rate hurts Asia and may not help the US

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

    ... and shake off economic stagnation, MacKinnon believes the Fed needs to raise its benchmark interest rate to around 2 per cent. Whether that would help revitalise the US economy is debatable ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Stimulus or not, it's the quality of new investment that matters

    Posted Sep 11th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... domestic product. Since then, professional China-watchers have been busy debating whether the new projects amount to an economic stimulus package. They are having the wrong argument. Whether ...



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