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  1. 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
  2. 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

    ... Tom Holland HK government should make better use of its existing resources and assets to meet the spending needs arising from an ageing population We don't need a Future Fund ... of GDP is admirable. There is plenty of evidence from Europe that when government expenditure rises much above this level, the higher taxes or increased debts needed to fund public spending ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1440476/we-dont-need-future-fund-future-already-upon-us
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    The encouraging signs behind China's record funding figures

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 04:47am by Tom Holland

    ... behind China's record funding figures The trouble with economic statistics is that it is all too easy to see whatever you want to in the data. Take the monetary figures released by Beijing ... economic growth for the rest of 2014. On the other hand, if you fret that the mainland has become dependent on credit-fuelled investment to power growth, then you will see last month's surge ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1429144/encouraging-signs-behind-chinas-record-funding-figures
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Capital investment fails unless you build social capital as well

    Posted Jun 18th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... glittering multi-lane highways across the desert, and opening ever-bigger and fancier airports. Yet despite these and hundreds of other lavishly funded investment projects, the impact on the non-oil ... Tom Holland The Gulf states' petro-dollar-fuelled spending binge provides an example to China on the need to ensure all that infrastructure can be put to work Capital investment fails ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1263164/capital-investment-fails-unless-you-build-social-capital-well
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Introduce a voucher system to settle the ESF funding debate

    Posted Nov 20th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... private sector organisation, the ESF would have a powerful incentive to jack up its fees to fund investment in better facilities. In turn better facilities would allow it further to increase its ... the ESF funding debate The Hong Kong government's education funding policy is in a mess. It's time to tear it up and start again. Yesterday Secretary of Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim wrote ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1086321/introduce-voucher-system-settle-esf-funding-debate
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 12:24am by Tom Holland

    ... of any domestic rebalancing. By definition a country's current account balance is the difference between what it saves and what it invests. China saves more than it needs to fund its ... an investment and export-led model of growth towards something more sustainable." His analysis is spectacularly wide of the mark. It is true that China's current account surplus- the spare ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1432166/george-osborne-wrong-about-china-and-yuan
  7. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    To continue growing, China will have to work a lot smarter

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by Tom Holland

    ... according to the International Monetary Fund. Meanwhile, the contribution from investment has grown. If China is successfully to wean itself off excessive investment, the contribution of additional ... on credit-fuelled investment by local governments and state industries and a good deal more reliant on private service sector businesses. Where they diverge is on how smoothly reform will proceed, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1422434/continue-growing-china-will-have-work-lot-smarter
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The US$50b a year reason China's elite love tax havens

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 01:13am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Taking the money out is just the first step; it's all about sending it back under the guise of foreign investment and enjoying the taxman’s largesse The US$50b a year ... haven secrecy laws allow companies "to hide and facilitate all manner of crimes and abuses", and quoting vague estimates of massive illicit fund flows out of China, the article ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1411288/us50b-year-reason-chinas-elite-love-tax-havens
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... inconvenience. Next, there is the threat that Occupy could scare off foreign investors. This is ludicrous. Far from relying on foreign investment, Hong Kong is a sizeable net capital exporter. Sure, ... investment. In other words, Hong Kong doesn't depend on inward investment, and needn't worry about frightening investors away. Then, there is the idea that Hong Kong won't get so many ...

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

    It's not heresy to expect grand projects to pay for themselves

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 01:01am by Tom Holland

    ... Kong's population of over-60s. If we also assume a very modest 3.3 per cent real investment return in line with the Exchange Fund's performance over the last 20 years, then that HK$1.6 ... the funds for badly needed infrastructure projects like the third runway. The answer is the capital market. With the backing of the Hong Kong government, future projects would be able to borrow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1436598/its-not-heresy-expect-grand-projects-pay-themselves

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