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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Both good and bad news in China's property rebound

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

    ... in China's property rebound Last week China Vanke, the country's biggest residential property developer, announced that home sales last month leapt an impressive 140 per cent compared ... prices rose in the majority of big cities in November (see the first chart). This rebound has triggered a revival in construction that saw residential property investment jump 22 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1127324/both-good-and-bad-news-chinas-property-rebound
  2. Business - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Claims for China's household wealth just don't add up

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

    ... ownership levels of any major economy in the world. The proportion in property-obsessed Britain is only 66 per cent, while just 65.5 per cent of American households own their homes, down from 69.2 ... But alas, the numbers don't add up. Let's assume Chinese households hold their financial assets in the form of shares, savings deposits and property. If we assume households hold 30 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1018753/claims-chinas-household-wealth-just-dont-add
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Four more ways officials break the spirit of Hong Kong's Basic Law

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... stamp duty last month and slapped a punitive buyer's stamp duty on non-resident purchasers of local homes. From now on, anyone selling a residential property within six months of buying ... use, disposal and inheritance of property". I can't say whether the government is in breach of the letter of the Basic Law. That would be up to a court to determine. But by imposing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1088538/four-more-ways-officials-break-spirit-hong-kongs-basic-law
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Stories of HK$1m parking slots mean it's finally time to worry

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... finally time to worry Whenever anyone says that the Hong Kong property market is wildly overvalued and that the bubble is in imminent danger of bursting, I'm always reminded of Tony Dye. Dye ... three years, as the warnings of an impending crash in Hong Kong's property market have grown increasingly shrill, this column has maintained its view that prices will continue to push ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1086955/stories-hk1m-parking-slots-mean-its-finally-time-worry
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    After such a long wait, policy address is bound to disappoint

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of assorted groups, who variously expect him to bring down property prices, house the poor, provide health care for the elderly, introduce universal pensions, reduce working hours, improve ... demands off the table, C.Y. is left in dire need of some initiatives with political impact. On property affordability, Leung could follow Singapore and announce another round of tax rises aimed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1128123/after-such-long-wait-policy-address-bound-disappoint
  6. Business - China Business - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    China's first place for patents not quite the triumph it seems

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... applications. According to a study published by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, China's State Intellectual Property Office received 526,412 patent applications in 2011. In contrast, ... to examine the numbers of patents actually granted, and if we look at these, the picture changes again. China's State Intellectual Property Office may have received more than 500,000 filings ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1119315/chinas-first-place-patents-not-quite-triumph-it-seems
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Wrong about the stock market, right about government idiocy

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Lessons to learn from the hits and misses as equities and property sectors make strong gains over the past year Wrong about the stock market, right about government idiocy ... the year I was resolutely bullish on Hong Kong's property market (or at least I was until last month's eruption of car parking space speculation, which smacks strongly of late-cycle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1107216/wrong-about-stock-market-right-about-government-idiocy
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    China now reaching the same levels of inequality as Johannesburg

    Posted Dec 11th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The mainland's wealth gap has widened in the past decades to levels seen in South Africa, where shanty towns border gleaming office blocks China now reaching the same levels of inequality as Jo'burg The Johannesburg suburb of Sandton is a real eye-opener. Known among property agents as "Africa's richest square mile", Sandton is the office ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1102451/china-now-reaching-same-levels-inequality-johannesburg
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Hong Kong should have a beef with its dodgy meat monopoly

    Posted Nov 30th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to encourage people to invest in developing new technologies. But cattle hardly count as new technology, and Ng Fung Hong can't exactly claim that cows are its own intellectual property. Further, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1094108/hong-kong-should-have-beef-its-dodgy-meat-monopoly
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Copper bottomed? Don't be too sure

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... consumption last year. With economic growth now slowing and property investment weak, demand is bound to be soft. Analysts at Credit Suisse expect China's copper usage to grow by just 2 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1020424/copper-bottomed-dont-be-too-sure

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