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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    The sheer wilful stupidity of official inaction on pollution

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Maritime Organisation emission standards, while insisting local vessels like ferries use only ultra-low-sulphur fuels. And it should compel Hong Kong's power companies to stop burning coal ... atmospheric pollutants and set up the Environmental Protection Department to enforce them. A quarter of a century later those targets look feeble compared with the latest international standards ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1083330/sheer-wilful-stupidity-official-inaction-pollution
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    After such a long wait, policy address is bound to disappoint

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... he is certain to disappoint the vast majority of these supplicants. It seems that C.Y. has decided- probably wisely- not to press ahead with legislation on standard working hours. While ... that fail to cut their pollution emissions. C.Y. could easily do this tomorrow, for example by ordering highly polluting diesel buses off the city's busiest streets and by announcing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1128123/after-such-long-wait-policy-address-bound-disappoint
  3. Business - China Business - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Worrying economic parallels between China and India

    Posted May 21st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... year, which could further undermine the government's fiscal position. Unimpressed by talk of fiscal consolidation, ratings agency Standard & Poor's warned last week ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1242265/worrying-economic-parallels-between-china-and-india
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Both good and bad news in China's property rebound

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

    ... of over-investing in property, pointing out that at the height of America's real-estate bubble, investment in the sector only reached 6 per cent of GDP. By that standard, China is now well ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1127324/both-good-and-bad-news-chinas-property-rebound
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Don't hold your breath for big bang China financial reform

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... sector making heavy losses. Meanwhile, regulatory turf wars, the woeful standard of China's domestic credit rating agencies, and government fears of a wave of defaults by state-backed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1081064/dont-hold-your-breath-big-bang-china-financial-reform
  6. Business - Money - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Dual-currency IPO breaks cardinal rule of capital markets

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

    ... pools of liquidity. They would not only get demand from the ordinary investors and institutions who buy into standard Hong Kong dollar offerings. They would also be able to sell their shares ... in the company's yuan-denominated shares would soon languish. And, with fewer Hong Kong dollar-denominated shares outstanding than if the company had launched a standard offering, volumes in the Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1014927/dual-currency-ipo-breaks-cardinal-rule-capital
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Copper bottomed? Don't be too sure

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... climbed by 900,000 tonnes since the middle of last year. Standard Chartered puts the total amount held in bonded warehouses at 600,000 tonnes, together with another 400,000 held elsewhere. To put ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1020424/copper-bottomed-dont-be-too-sure
  8. Business - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Claims for China's household wealth just don't add up

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

    ... basements, dormitories and other sub-standard housing. And let's also assume that the average family home really is 116 square metres in area, or nearly 1,250 square feet: more than twice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1018753/claims-chinas-household-wealth-just-dont-add
  9. Business - Economy - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Five years after crisis began, we still can't see the elephant

    Posted Aug 17th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... misleading. Lulled into a false sense of security, lenders relaxed credit standards, while regulators grew complacent and loosened supervision. At the same time, low borrowing costs encouraged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1016530/five-years-after-crisis-began-we-still-cant-see-elephant

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