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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A Singapore-style system just wouldn't work in Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 17th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... just wouldn't work in Hong Kong I was a bit disappointed," writes a dissatisfied reader in response to Tuesday's Monitor column, which aimed to debunk the notion that Hong Kong should peg its currency to the yuan. Although he accepted that a yuan peg would be a non-starter, he pointed out that Hong Kong's current peg to the US dollar or a link to the mainland ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The HK$1 trillion reason to keep Hong Kong's US dollar peg

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... by incessant political squabbling, Hong Kong's economy tied ever more closely to mainland China and the yuan growing rapidly in international importance, it is high time the city switched from ... to keep Hong Kong's US$ peg Predictably, the 30th anniversary of Hong Kong's exchange rate peg has prompted calls for the city to ditch its link to the US dollar, and switch to a peg ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    British model of governance is nothing for Hong Kong to boast about

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 06:00am by Tom Holland

    ... counterparts, Hong Kong officials can also fall victim to "fragmented departmentalism" and are at risk from "operational disconnect", in which the political appointees who originally ... is nothing for HK to boast about Once in a while, this column has been known to criticise the Hong Kong government. Whenever it does, someone always objects. "But Hong Kong's system was put ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Iron Lady quickly ditched her principles if politics demanded

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

    ... in the London press warning that three million Hong Kong Chinese were heading towards British shores. It would have been political suicide. Even the Iron Lady, it seems, was quick to sacrifice some ... dealing with Hong Kong. Today many people praise her for securing a good deal for Hong Kong's people with the Sino-British joint declaration of 1984, which governed the terms of the 1997 ...

  5. Business - Companies - MONITOR

    ParknShop merger will prove Hong Kong's competition law is a joke

    Posted Aug 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... competition law is a joke Anywhere else in the world, regulatory alarm bells would be clanging at ear-splitting volume. Not in Hong Kong. Earlier this week, mainland grocery giant China Resources Enterprise confirmed it is bidding to acquire the ParknShop supermarket chain from Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa. ParknShop is a familiar sight in Hong Kong, with 286 stores in the city under ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Government just throwing good money after bad

    Posted Dec 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Its latest strategic stake in Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing is purely political and will not make a profit as past performance shows Government just throwing good money after bad On Thursday evening, after the market's close, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing snapped out a HK$7.75 billion share offering. The proceeds will go towards funding HKEx's ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Stock market under Guo shows how politics clashes with reform

    Posted Jan 31st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Hopes were high when Guo Shuqing was appointed to head the China Securities Regulatory Commission, but politics soon got in the way … Stock market story shows how reform clashes with politics Hopes are riding high that China's new leaders will live up to their promises and press ahead with much-needed economic reforms. But a look at the mainland's stock ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    You can't hold back a tide of liquidity with just one finger

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... in containing the tide of liquidity washing around Hong Kong's market as the Dutch boy's finger would have been. Still, you can see why CY feels he has to do something. As the first chart shows, Hong Kong home prices have now climbed by an astonishing 88 per cent since the beginning of 2009. Following the run-up, the downpayment on a typical flat now amounts to around four years ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Excluding non-locals from flat sales could easily backfire

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... "Restrictions on non-local buyers may be politically drastic," she admits, "but realistically they are among the best ways to control developers." Her idea might appeal to Hong Kong ... easily backfire Here's a trivia question: what do China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines and almost everywhere else in Asia all have but Hong Kong doesn't? You can probably ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Bo Xilai story reads like a violent mafia blood feud

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... average Hong Kong family would have to put aside every penny it earned for almost 13 years to save enough to buy a typical flat in the city" was written before Demographia's annual ... to Wendell Cox at Demographia that's roughly twice as long as the average family in Singapore would have to save. By this multiple, Hong Kong is by far the world's most expensive housing ...




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