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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's wealth fund is doing a lousy job investing our money

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 02:13am by Tom Holland

    ... is doing a lousy job investing our money You may not know about it, but Hong Kong has a sovereign wealth fund. It's called the Exchange Fund. It manages assets of HK$3 trillion, and its investment performance is abysmal. Yesterday the Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced the Exchange Fund's results for 2013. It managed a return of just 2.7 per cent. When you consider ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1412068/hong-kongs-wealth-fund-doing-lousy-job-investing-our-money
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong needs a fresh policy on water before the taps run dry

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... the taps run dry This year the Hong Kong government will renegotiate the agreement under which the city gets 80 per cent of its fresh water from the Dongjiang, or East River, in Guangdong province. No doubt the price will rise a touch from the modest HK$4.80 a tonne that Guangdong currently asks. But few people in Hong Kong will either know or care. The increase will not be reflected in our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1400946/hong-kong-needs-fresh-policy-water-taps-run-dry
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Simple-minded to expect Hong Kong home prices to fall? Not at all

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 01:43am by Tom Holland

    ... prices to fall? Not at all I suppose I should be offended. Three weeks ago, Monitor warned that Hong Kong property prices are likely to fall following the US Federal Reserve's decision ... Anyone who cites the Fed's tapering as a reason to expect the market to fall is being "too simple-minded". Chiu, of course, has form when it comes to talking up Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1399278/simple-minded-expect-hong-kong-home-prices-fall-not-all
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    No 'taper tantrum' this time, but Hong Kong can't be complacent

    Posted Dec 20th 2013, 01:07am by Tom Holland

    ... In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 16 per cent in just four weeks. The sell-off proved short-lived. When it became clear that tapering was not imminent, the panic blew over ... Hong Kong properties will begin to look less attractive to investors in relative terms Most East Asian markets rose on the news. And although Hong Kong-listed stocks dropped, the fall reflected ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1386212/no-taper-tantrum-time-hong-kong-cant-be-complacent
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tighten, not ease, governance rules to promote Hong Kong's market

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 02:51am by Tom Holland

    ... rules to promote HK's market A couple of months ago, mainland internet giant Alibaba cancelled its proposed stock offering in Hong Kong. It pulled the deal after being told plans that would have allowed holders of 10 per cent of the company's stock to stuff the board with their own directors failed to meet the Hong Kong stock exchange's governance standards. Inevitably, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1377027/tighten-not-ease-governance-rules-promote-hong-kongs-market
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... 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 in place by the British," he inevitably complains, as if that somehow renders the city's officials infallible, or at least immune to censure in the media. Alas, although Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1373170/british-model-governance-nothing-hong-kong-boast-about

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