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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Plunge in gold price puts a bad idea out of its misery

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is thinner during the summer months, so the market is more volatile. And for the most part a rise in volatility means a fall in prices, because markets tend to grind higher, but drop all of a sudden. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1241439/plunge-gold-price-puts-bad-idea-out-its-misery
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Hong Kong should have a beef with its dodgy meat monopoly

    Posted Nov 30th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... on the mainland. Competition from mainland consumers might drive prices higher if beef supplies were fixed like, say, the global gold supplies. But beef supplies are remarkably elastic. If demand rises, ... beef. I could have used US corn instead of soya beans. The chart would have looked much the same: a rise in international feed prices leads a few months later to higher beef prices in Hong Kong. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1094108/hong-kong-should-have-beef-its-dodgy-meat-monopoly
  3. 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

    ... the city's education system and either enact or bury equal rights legislation for gays, depending on their bent. As a result, when Leung stands up tomorrow to deliver his long-awaited policy address, ...

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

    Four more ways officials break the spirit of Hong Kong's Basic Law

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the education secretary declared that "ESF schools offer a non-local curriculum. It is not our established policy to provide recurrent subvention to schools offering a non-local curriculum." ... such as education". In addition to those three ways, the Hong Kong government appears to be breaking the Basic Law, off the top of my head I can think of at least one other. Article 107 declares ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1088538/four-more-ways-officials-break-spirit-hong-kongs-basic-law
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Cyclically bullish on China's market but a structural bear

    Posted Jan 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... leading indicator of A-share market movements in the past. With the latest reading trending higher, the liquidity situation appeared nicely positive for the A-share market. Unfortunately, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1125006/cyclically-bullish-chinas-market-structural-bear
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Blame greed, not the yuan, for Hong Kong's food price rises

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... for Hong Kong's food price rises "Stronger yuan to bring Hong Kong higher food prices", warned a headline in last Saturday's South China Morning Post. The article that followed ... sharply, even though the mainland authorities kept the yuan dead flat against the US dollar, and so against the Hong Kong dollar, too. And before it spurted higher in September, the yuan had been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1076498/blame-greed-not-yuan-hong-kongs-food-price-rises
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    China now reaching the same levels of inequality as Johannesburg

    Posted Dec 11th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to their land, forcing state companies to hand over more of their profits as dividends and investing the proceeds in social services, such as education and health care, would be a good start. Failure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1102451/china-now-reaching-same-levels-inequality-johannesburg
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Hong Kong's out-of-pocket medical expenses set to double by 2020

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... health care funding gap. Tax-funded government spending can't fill the hole either. Rising health costs would soon begin to crowd out spending in other sectors like education and welfare. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1104776/hong-kongs-out-pocket-medical-expenses-set-double-2020
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    The sheer wilful stupidity of official inaction on pollution

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

    ... easily afford it. And in the long run the costs of doing nothing will be far higher. Surely our officials aren't that stupid. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

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

    Selling credit risk to bank depositors is a lousy idea

    Posted Dec 07th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to a deposit, only with a higher yield. What they were actually buying were structured notes with a value dependent on Lehman Brothers' credit-worthiness. When Lehman went bust, the value ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1099428/selling-credit-risk-bank-depositors-lousy-idea

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