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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A good time to sell Hong Kong's family-owned banks as China's bad debt swells

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 03:13am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With mainland growth slowing and a debt crisis mounting, it looks like an opportune time for shareholders to quit the family business It's a good time to sell HK's small banks, but not to buy When a family that has owned and run a business for decades looks to sell up and get out, it pays to ask what they see that others don't. So, when two ...

  2. Business - Economy - MONITOR

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

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

    ... of poor families are both good ideas. So is doubling the amount of healthcare vouchers given to old folk, although at HK$2,000 each, the value is still nugatory. But whether CY's HK$3 billion 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, ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    New 'two-child' rules won't trigger China baby boom

    Posted Dec 11th 2013, 04:55am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With disposable incomes just above the running costs of a middle-class urban infant, eligible couples will be deterred from enlarging families New 'two-child' rules ... a single child. The likely impact … on birth rates, and household spending, remains uncertain The change is not as revolutionary as it first sounds. For years now, rural families have been allowed ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tighten, not ease, governance rules to promote Hong Kong's market

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 02:51am by Tom Holland

    ... can be pinned on the abnormally high proportion of listed companies- 70 per cent- tightly controlled by dominant, often family, shareholders. This prevalence of controlling shareholders, ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Just enforcing the rules could end Hong Kong's housing 'shortage'

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 02:52am by Tom Holland

    ... cubicles. And we have been told endlessly that the typical Hong Kong flat now costs more than 13 times the median household's annual income, shutting young families irrevocably out ... market or from the government. Some 32 per cent rent from the government, and the rest- 16 per cent of the total or 380,000 families- rent from private landlords. Now let's make a few ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The plenum speech Xi Jinping ought to deliver (but won't)

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 02:32am by Tom Holland

    ... poorest, we must now abolish the hukou system, ensuring that the families of all workers, wherever they were born, are given access to health care, housing, education and pension benefits ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Scrapping the one-child policy won't solve China's problems

    Posted Aug 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... relaxed. Today it is more of a 1.5-child policy Clearly analysts and investors expect a baby boom. But although relaxing family planning restrictions could trigger an appreciable rise in fertility, ... population. In reality, the one-child policy has already been relaxed. Today it is more of a 1.5-child policy. Although the exact rules differ from province to province, for years now, rural families ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Watsons float little reason for Hutch investors to celebrate

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

    ... is planning to float the company's retail business. The positive reaction is no surprise. Like Asia's other family-run conglomerates, Hutch as a whole has long traded at a deep discount ...

  9. Business - Property - MONITOR

    Contradictory figures fuelling China property bubble debate

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

    ... The vast majority of buyers, they insist, are purchasing flats to live in, not as investments. Most families own just one, and many paid cash, so leverage is low. Sure, there is the odd pocket ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China graft probe looks more like a 'petro purge' than an assault on sleaze

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

    ... themselves, their families and their friends. Although Beijing has liberalised much of the country's "downstream" economy- light manufacturing, retailing and the like- Beijing retains ...




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