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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Directors' privacy is a direct attack on the public interest

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... access to information about company directors. I signed the petition not so much because the government's proposal is a blatant attempt to limit press freedom- although it is that. I signed ... and to understand why the government's explanation that it merely wants to "enhance protection of the privacy of personal information" is utter hogwash, we need to remind ourselves just what ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... information flows. None of those will be jeopardised by a few thousand protesters temporarily blocking some streets. As Monitor pointed out last year, a long history of anarchist protests aimed ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Nothing new in Beijing's latest 'clampdown' on shadow loans

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 03:33am by Tom Holland

    ... and risky market in informal loans. Beijing's concern is understandable. In the past five years, the value of off-balance-sheet lending has exploded. In the first 11 months of last year, new ... system, and effectively ordered China's banks to bring informal loans back on to their balance sheets by decreeing they should hold adequate capital against their shadow market operations. ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Chinese bank valuations imply a bad loan ratio of 13 per cent

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 12:44am by Tom Holland

    ... volatility by setting an informal band within which key rates like the seven-day repo rate will be confined. The floor will be the rate the central bank pays on excess reserves; currently 0.72 per ...

  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hong Kong's economy

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 04:17am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland City counts on standing of regulators, reliability of legal system, solidity of institutions, freedom of information and know-how of financiers Occupy Central is no threat ... as a financial centre rests on the reliability of its legal system, the credibility of its regulators, the solidity of its institutions, the freedom of its information and the know-how of its financiers. ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... of £20 billion is often cited. Altogether, King and Crewe calculate that in little more than 20 years the amount of public money wasted on failed information technology projects "cannot have ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 04:32am by Tom Holland

    ... dual-share classes and similar structures are allowed. But the US is a different market. Regulators there believe that if you give them all the information, investors can make up their own minds ...

  8. Business - Commodities - MONITOR

    Oil price heading for US$200 as China's imports set to surge

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of oil on the international markets. According to the Energy Information Administration of the US government, last month China's net oil imports hit an average 6.3 million barrels a day, ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's excess of industrial capacity nears danger level

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... capacity utilisation is set to fall further over the next couple of years, says Cheung, approaching dangerously close to the 70 per cent level at which the Ministry of Industry and Information ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong just following mainland in rejection of transparency

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

    ... registrar of companies, who declared "the proposal to withhold key information on directors will hinder third parties from identifying and contacting the directors of companies … If enacted, ... many times in excess of their official salaries. Property registers aren't the only sources of information that have been closed to the public recently. Fund managers report that over ...




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