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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Global enthusiasm for yuan overstated

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 04:30am by Tom Holland

    ... in Hong Kong. If you were to judge by the headlines, you would get the impression that since then the currency has taken the world by storm. Last month, the value of deposits in Hong Kong leapt ... an impressive 15 per cent of its foreign trade in goods in yuan in November. Dig a little deeper into the data, however, and all is not as it first appears. Take those yuan deposits in Hong Kong, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1379301/global-enthusiasm-yuan-overstated
  2. 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

    ... Kong's future is severely out of focus In his budget speech yesterday, John Tsang Chun-wah did his best to scare us. If Hong Kong continues on its current trajectory, steadily improving ... and it soon becomes clear that Tsang's gloomy forecast of a looming structural deficit is the product of a deep structural flaw in his own approach to Hong Kong's public finances. When Hong ...

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

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

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

    ... or Occupy Central? Among the grievances aired at Hong Kong's weekend protest against media censorship were complaints that editors have been leaning on local journalists to stress the supposed ... of Occupy have been warning for months now that the movement will cause economic havoc in Hong Kong. However, on examination their criticisms of Occupy are vacuous. If people are concerned about ...

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

    Neither Singapore nor Hong Kong is an Iceland waiting to happen

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 12:42am by Tom Holland

    ... that Singapore is heading for a similar smash. But it gets worse. "Everything Forbes said about Singapore, you could just as well say about Hong Kong," says our reader, a financier who has ... the meltdown. Clearly Forbes believes something similarly catastrophic may now be about to happen in Singapore. Yet if Singapore has reason to be concerned, Hong Kong should be really worried. Where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1427348/neither-singapore-nor-hong-kong-iceland-waiting-happen
  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

    ... Tom Holland City's anti-pollution campaign will not end problem as long as the mainland continues to burn coal to satisfy its power demand Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air Christine Loh Kung-wai, Hong Kong's campaigning Under Secretary for the Environment, has promised us that she will deliver "drastic improvements" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426234/even-hong-kongs-best-efforts-may-not-help-clear-our-air
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... the costs of international trade by cutting red tape and standardising and streamlining customs procedures, should yield significant benefits. Victor Fung, honorary chairman of Hong Kong supply chain manager Li & Fung, estimates the deal could halve the average cost of shipping merchandise across borders from 10 per cent of the goods' value to just 5 per cent. The economic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1378473/boost-business-wto-must-ditch-all-or-nothing-approach
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441327/after-nine-years-its-time-leave-stage
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... In a nutshell the working group argued that as Hong Kong's population ages, over the next three decades the number of over-65s living in the city will grow by 1.5 million. As a result, measured at today's prices, public spending on healthcare and welfare for the elderly will more than double, from HK$69 billion this year to HK$143 billion in 2041. Meanwhile, as Hong Kong's workforce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1439605/fiscal-report-based-lunatic-projection-capital-spending
  9. 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

    ... The future is already upon us The government's warnings that Hong Kong is heading for a fiscal crisis of Greek proportions are ludicrous. As Monitor pointed out yesterday, new projections ... sheet. They also pay little attention to the government's physical assets, which include Hong Kong's water system, airport, rail network and two theme parks, among many others. All ...

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

    Hong Kong's offshore yuan market is driven largely by tax dodgers

    Posted Dec 06th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... trading in Hong Kong. There's also tax fraud. Glance at the data, and it looks as if Hong Kong's market in yuan trading has taken off in record time. The amount of cross-border trade ... is driven largely by tax dodgers Writing in these pages on Tuesday, my colleague Jake van der Kamp argued that the only thing driving the development of Hong Kong's offshore yuan market ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1098362/hong-kongs-offshore-yuan-market-driven-largely-tax-dodgers

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