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  1. After health care, Beijing must tackle pension reform

    Posted May 01st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Of that, only 36 billion is new money, which works out to 27 yuan for each mainlander. Even in China, that doesn't buy much health-care insurance. Still, the plan is a step in the right ... with Tom Holland A lot has been made of Beijing's recent pledge to spend 850 billion yuan (HK$965.52 billion) on health-care reform, with all sorts of analysts saying the treatment ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even IMF staffers are warning of an economic crisis in China

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

    ... including telecommunications, utilities and health care, and should embark on household registration and land reform to eliminate economic distortions and ensure the more efficient allocation ... Tom Holland Malhar Nabar and Papa N'Diaye warn that without significant policy changes, China's economy may fall off the rails and take years to recover Even IMF staffers ...

  3. Spreading the message that the US doesn't want to hear

    Posted Mar 25th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... on social security and health care is set to balloon over the coming years as the baby boom generation reaches retirement, pushing gross national debt to a projected 244 per cent of GDP by 2040. ... spend?'. It's not only the public who don't care. When the road show reaches New Hampshire, a report on ballooning US national debt levels by a diligent local television reporter ...

  4. How to get richer simply by getting old

    Posted Jun 25th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... better hygiene and health care mean longer lifespans and more retirees to support. In Hong Kong today, for example, there are about 90 non-working dependents for every hundred workers. By 2025 ... to benefit over the long term. The themes range from the obvious- health care- to the more surprising- infrastructure. Health care is a no-brainer. In the United States, the elderly over 60 spend ...

  5. Take hopes for mainland shoppers with pinch of salt

    Posted Apr 21st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of government measures intended to boost domestic demand such as introducing health-care reforms and allowing farmers more leeway to borrow against their land. At first sight the case for optimism looks ... towards health-care reform likely to make much difference. Precautionary savings rates on the mainland may appear high, but they are comparable to those in other regional economies. The real ...

  6. Demographic trends tip China growth ideas upside down

    Posted Aug 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... for big-ticket consumer items but also for more specialist services such as tourism, adult education, health care and financial services. There could be broader effects, too. It will only be five years ... out of line. Take China. For years companies have been investing on the mainland on the basis that its GDP will continue to grow at a rate of 7 to 8 per cent a year for the foreseeable future. ...

  7. Don't worry about the US economy, worry about China

    Posted Aug 21st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... health-care and pension provisions in the hope that better state welfare will persuade consumers to dip into their precautionary savings and spend more of their savings. The trouble ... withTom Holland For the past few days, the media have been full of hand-wringing stories about how China is selling US treasury bonds, after its declared holdings dropped US$25 billion ...

  8. Prophet of doom squashes hopes of China's recovery

    Posted Apr 09th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... will government efforts to boost consumption work in the near term. Measures such as health-care reform intended to reduce precautionary savings and increase spending will take years to have an effect. ... with Tom Holland Over the next week, China is due to release a raft of economic data for the first quarter of the year, but economic analysts are celebrating already. The past few days ...

  9. Liberalisation, not pouring concrete, will boost growth

    Posted Apr 01st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... measures will not encourage them to go out and splash the cash. What is really needed to get Chinese consumers spending is not more roads, bridges and airports, nor even reforms of the health-care ... their incomes. Of course, the analysts' story isn't complete fiction. Household spending makes up an unusually small portion of China's economy. As the first chart below shows, it has ...

  10. Raising incomes the key to future growth

    Posted Aug 24th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... consumers to reduce their precautionary savings by improving health-care and pension provisions. Yet, according to a paper published this month by the economic research arm of management consultancy ... problem for China's future growth trajectory. Back in early 2007, Premier Wen Jiabao called the mainland's economic mix 'unbalanced, unstable, unco-ordinated ...




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