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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Just enforcing the rules could end Hong Kong's housing 'shortage'

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 02:52am by Tom Holland

    ... out in different places, and followed separate paths. But we ended up by coming to much the same conclusion. We have all been told so often now that Hong Kong is suffering an acute housing ... of the market. So it seems obvious that there must be a desperate shortage of housing. Anecdotes of public housing tenants exploiting the system abound But, the more you examine the official data on Hong ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's housing supply to soar just as mortgage rates double

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the rate at which old housing is demolished, the net increase in Hong Kong's housing stock over the next 10 years will be enough to house an additional 400,000 families. This makes you wonder ... as mortgage rates double It is doubtful the thousands of estate agents who took to Hong Kong's streets yesterday in protest against the government's property market policies won much ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Let's stamp out this talk about Hong Kong's narrow tax base

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

    ... and profits taxes mean Hong Kong's public finances are overly exposed to swings in the city's notoriously volatile economy. As the economy turns down, income falls just when the government ... that is unacceptable. In any case, the argument that the majority of Hong Kong's population doesn't contribute to the city's public finances simply doesn't stand up to scrutiny. ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MONITOR

    The unintended consequences of Hong Kong's property policies

    Posted Nov 29th 2013, 04:27am by Tom Holland

    ... However, at some point over the next three years, Hong Kong housing prices are indeed likely to begin falling as mortgage rates go up in line with interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve ... of HK's property policies Hong Kong officials invariably mean well. But it is uncanny how often government policies end up achieving not their intended effect, but the exact opposite. Nowhere ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Quicker way to solve housing problem than a building binge

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

    ... to be a shortage of decent accommodation. But the government's own figures indicate there is no housing shortage in Hong Kong. According to the latest census, there were just short of 2.37 million households in Hong Kong in 2011, a number that has been growing by 1.2 per cent a year. And the government's latest Monthly Digest of Statistics says Hong Kong has a housing stock of 2.64 ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Officials have always hated Hong Kong's country parks

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

    ... In his blog last week, Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po suggested that Hong Kong's country parks could be built over for housing. The argument officials advance privately is that the city is desperately short of building land. If the government is to build the 470,000 flats Hong Kong needs over the next 10 years to alleviate its acute housing shortage, then developing ...

  7. 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

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    CY's well-intentioned housing supply policy likely to backfire

    Posted Jan 17th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... supply policy likely to backfire In his first policy speech yesterday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced plans to ramp up home building. It's a well-intentioned move aimed ... In other words, Hong Kong is likely to find itself facing sharply rising mortgage rates just as Leung's ramped-up supply of new homes reaches the market. The effect would be devastating. ...

  9. 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 ... Cheung Kong executive director Justin Chiu declaring "the worst is over for the city's housing market". Prices have found plenty of support, and demand is picking up, he said. ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tsang's budget will do nothing to solve Hong Kong's twin problems

    Posted Feb 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... But with much of the developed world struggling to escape recession, it counts as a robust performance. Even better, as the first chart below shows, Hong Kong's economy is forecast to grow ... at 3 per cent. And almost uniquely outside the oil-exporting sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf, Hong Kong's government finances are in rude health. Last February Tsang forecast ...




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