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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The essential financial reform Beijing cannot afford to ignore

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Abolition of a mainland agricultural tax boosted farming a decade ago, but also helped to create a massive local government debt pile The essential financial reform Beijing ... rate, growing almost fourfold in real terms during Hu's time in power. But following the upheavals of the late 1990s, when Beijing drastically pruned back state-owned industries, cutting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1415294/essential-financial-reform-beijing-cannot-afford-ignore
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing's financial reforms will push up interest rates

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 11:41pm by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The mainland's plan to let market forces set lending costs and allocate credit will be worth it despite the pain endured by some, like state firms Beijing's financial ... the allocation of credit away from overinvested state industries towards resource-starved service companies in the private sector. In other words, moving towards market-determined interest rates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1407148/beijings-financial-reforms-will-push-interest-rates
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To kill a promising new industry, just subsidise it

    Posted May 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland When it comes to the mainland's massive solar panel assistance, everyone loses, including the domestic producers facing debt defaults To kill a promising new industry ... available in China. According to Usha Haley, co-author of a newly published book Subsidies to Chinese Industry, state banks in China were prepared to fund up to two-thirds of solar companies' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1233984/kill-promising-new-industry-just-subsidise-it
  4. 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

    ... infrastructure spending to soar from a record HK$78 billion in the coming financial year to a gobsmacking HK$515 billion in 2041- before factoring in general inflation. Their proposal would lock ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1440476/we-dont-need-future-fund-future-already-upon-us
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Who's more damaging, Hong Kong officials or Occupy Central?

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 12:32am by Tom Holland

    ... Kong's reputation as an international financial centre, scare off investors and make Beijing reluctant to give us more any more handouts from its regulatory goodie jar. Let's take those one ... if a blockade were its main objective, the economic effect on Hong Kong from any disruption to tourism is likely to be negligible. As for damaging Hong Kong's standing as a financial centre, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1434352/whos-more-damaging-hong-kong-officials-or-occupy-central
  6. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    The yuan is falling, but only because Beijing wants it to

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 02:59am by Tom Holland

    ... interest rates may be modest. But returns in the onshore market, especially in the mainland's shadow financial system, are considerably higher than on major currencies like the yen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1438811/yuan-falling-only-because-beijing-wants-it
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tsang's vision of Hong Kong's future is severely out of focus

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 01:23am by Tom Holland

    ... education, welfare and health services, the financial secretary warned we will be plunged into "a structural deficit" in just seven years. Even if the government were to freeze real per ... are not quite sure what that means, the financial secretary made his position clear. "I am all for it," he declared. "I shall not rule out any means to increase tax revenue." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1435878/tsangs-vision-hong-kongs-future-severely-out-focus
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's not heresy to expect grand projects to pay for themselves

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 01:01am by Tom Holland

    ... to portray. With the backing of the government, future projects would be able to borrow cheaply Take Hong Kong's budget. In Wednesday's speech financial secretary John Tsang warned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1436598/its-not-heresy-expect-grand-projects-pay-themselves
  9. Business - China Business - MONITOR

    It's tough, but China must let trust company products fail

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:23am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland If the troubled trust which matures this week is bailed out, it will set back the cause of financial reform and magnify mainland moral hazard It's tough, but China must let trust company products fail The 700 investors in China's "Credit Equals Gold No1 Trust" are hoping that Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will bail them out. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1414377/its-tough-china-must-let-trust-company-products-fail
  10. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    To continue growing, China will have to work a lot smarter

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by Tom Holland

    ... on credit-fuelled investment by local governments and state industries and a good deal more reliant on private service sector businesses. Where they diverge is on how smoothly reform will proceed, and the impact rebalancing will have on growth. The optimists believe that the planned opening of state-dominated areas of the economy to the private sector, coupled with financial liberalisation, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1422434/continue-growing-china-will-have-work-lot-smarter

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