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  1. Business - Economy - MONITOR

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

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

    ... Tom Holland While his efforts to help the poor are laudable, the chief executive's revenue-raising and home-building plans are going to store up trouble CY's policies will exacerbate city's coming down-cycle CY Leung's policy address yesterday contained lots of small things to welcome, and a couple of big ones to worry about. CY's good intentions ...

  2. 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 ... average. Within weeks the hapless Tung had stepped down, and today, two chiefs later, those hard times seem a distant memory. In the years since, Hong Kong's economy has grown by more than 40 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing's targets likely to play down growth for reform focus

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 04:50am by Tom Holland

    ... targets likely to play down growth for reform focus This week, a clutch of China's top economic policymakers will gather in Beijing to set their objectives for next year. In previous years, ... under-shooting. This week's meeting is likely to play down the growth target even further. Economic growth is still important, of course, but not at any cost. A continued rapid expansion powered ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:10am by Tom Holland

    ... of a fire by disabling your alarm. Yet while Beijing is keen to play down the risks, private sector analysts are getting increasingly concerned. Most believe that China's economic growth rate ... though it may be, merits careful examination. While Beijing is keen to play down the risks, analysts are … increasingly concerned Asia's private sector analysts clearly think so. In a report ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    The encouraging signs behind China's record funding figures

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 04:47am by Tom Holland

    ... is overinvested and that returns on capital are falling dangerously, then you will worry that last month's surge in new credit heightens the chances of a nasty financial crisis further down the road. ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:46am by Tom Holland

    ... stuff that poisons us the most is indeed pumped out here in our streets, Hong Kong also suffers from what we might call ambient pollution: the murky haze that rolls down from the great mainland ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even an export rebound won't do much to lift China growth

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 01:07am by Tom Holland

    ... lines shutting down and the pace of shipments abating over the previous week, all the negative effects should have been felt last month. Instead, exports boomed. Some commentators attempted ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Conspiracy theories abound about China's gold purchases

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 01:51am by Tom Holland

    ... mines. Much of it came from exchange-traded funds, which last year sold down their holdings of the metal by some 896 tonnes after investors in developed markets lost faith in gold's ability ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Selling down China's reserves could ease domestic problems

    Posted Oct 23rd 2013, 03:17am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Emptying part of this US$3.66 trillion piggy bank would also help reduce the country’s overexposure to US Treasury debt Selling down China's reserves could ease domestic ... the yuan under enormous downward pressure. But the central bank could meet the demand for foreign currency and keep the yuan relatively stable by selling down a portion of its reserves. That could ...




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