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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

    After nine years, it's time to leave the stage

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:25am by Tom Holland

    ... Pollution, corruption, wasteful investment, the failure of the state to embrace free competition, the fragility of the banking sector, and the weakness of the stock market all rated multiple columns ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441327/after-nine-years-its-time-leave-stage
  3. 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

    ... reduce the capital available to finance relatively efficient private investment. As the private sector gets crowded out, growth slows. The result is a weaker economy. So constraining government ...

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

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

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

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1432166/george-osborne-wrong-about-china-and-yuan
  5. 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
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1436598/its-not-heresy-expect-grand-projects-pay-themselves
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    The encouraging signs behind China's record funding figures

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

    ... 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 ... the beginning of 2007, depicted as a three-month moving average in order to smooth out some of the noise in the monthly figures. With the data presented like this, we can clearly see the investment boom ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1429144/encouraging-signs-behind-chinas-record-funding-figures
  8. 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

    ... government's efforts to encourage mainland officials to go green, all the incentives it gives to clean-energy investment, and all the subsidies it offers to zero-emission electric vehicles will make ... hydroelectric stations, including the giant Three Gorges project, and 80 per cent the old-fashioned way by burning coal. It is true that Beijing has invested heavily in clean-energy sources like solar ...

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

    A nice idea Mr Yam, but it will be a long time before it can fly

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... it's cheap. China runs a sizeable trade surplus with the rest of the world. It also welcomes inward investment while imposing strict controls on capital outflows. As a result, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1430637/nice-idea-mr-yam-it-will-be-long-time-it-can-fly
  10. Business - Economy - MONITOR

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

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

    ... 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, ... will release a pent-up wave of productivity growth. That boost, they say, should easily offset any short-term pain caused by the elimination of excess capacity in China's over-invested heavy ...

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

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