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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    After nine years, it's time to leave the stage

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:25am by Tom Holland

    ... despite the introduction in 2012 of Hong Kong's first competition law, the cartels still reign supreme, and the tycoons' grip on the economy is as tight as ever. In 2005 Hongkongers were ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... at a time. First, no matter how numerous, disciplined and ably led, the Occupy protesters cannot hope to achieve the sort of snarl-ups the Hong Kong government manages every day simply by refusing ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... with that first. The scheme wouldn't work, say critics, because current lease-holders would oppose like fury any attempt to collect a regular land income from them. And if the government got around ...

  4. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:34am by Tom Holland

    ... grown faster than Hong Kong's when measured in US dollar terms, as the first chart shows. But Singapore's apparent outperformance was entirely due to the Singapore dollar's 40 per ...

  5. 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

    ... and wind in recent years. But the economy's hunger for electricity has grown so fast (see the first chart) that all that clean-energy investment has made little impact on the country's ... investment and the rapid growth in electricity production, which has catapulted the mainland into first place as the world's biggest power generator, it remains energy-poor. Last year, ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A nice idea Mr Yam, but it will be a long time before it can fly

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... system. There are two ways it can mop up. Firstly, it can borrow the money back again by selling vast quantities of central bank bills to China's banks. Unfortunately such heavy issuance ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    The encouraging signs behind China's record funding figures

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

    ... shadow market- and both optimists and pessimists can find evidence to support their views. Altogether, as the first chart shows, new funding measured by Beijing's "total social ...

  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

    ... controls. But that explanation didn't stack up. First, if hot money inflows were really a major factor, you would also expect under-invoicing by importers to depress headline import growth. ... are no longer so competitive. As a result, mainland exporters are struggling to retain their market share (see the first chart). And finally, in the past few years, the mainland economy has become so ...

  9. Business - Economy - MONITOR

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

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

    ... labour, or human capital. You can add physical capital. Or you can get smarter about how you work. Measuring the first two inputs is simple. Measuring the third driver of growth is very difficult. ... growth in recent years has been driven by adding labour. As the first chart shows, almost all has been propelled by capital and TFP growth, with the lion's share driven by investment ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To boost business, WTO must ditch 'all or nothing' approach

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 03:12am by Tom Holland

    ... ditch 'all or nothing' approach The media paid little attention, but last Saturday the World Trade Organisation achieved a breakthrough- of a sort. For the first time in the WTO's ... structure. The best known of these is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which aims to clinch an agreement between the United States, Japan, and a handful of other allied economies (but not China). ...




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