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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... But the stuff they buy is all imported. That means only a relatively small amount of visitors' retail spending- around 20 per cent according to Monitor 's 2013 estimate- actually contributes ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Despite talk of reform, no sign of rebalancing in China's data

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 01:05am by Tom Holland

    ... At the same time, retail sales grew 13.1 per cent in nominal terms. Adjusting for consumer inflation, that gives a real increase of a little over 10 per cent. Admittedly, a headline figure for fixed-asset investment is not a great proxy for the fixed-investment component of GDP. For one thing it includes land sales, which shouldn't count towards capital formation. Similarly, retail ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:10am by Tom Holland

    ... slowdown. Mainland visitors account for 30 per cent of the city's retail sales, they noted, while exposure to China makes up almost 20 per cent of the local banking system's assets. ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 04:32am by Tom Holland

    ... that amid all the current kerfuffle over Alibaba and its proposed Hong Kong listing. Alibaba, the mainland's internet retail giant, is being pushed to go public by a line-up of private equity ... of American adults own shares directly as retail investors. According to the Hong Kong stock exchange, here the proportion is 36 per cent. So it's all very well for US regulators to say ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Watsons float little reason for Hutch investors to celebrate

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

    ... is planning to float the company's retail business. The positive reaction is no surprise. Like Asia's other family-run conglomerates, Hutch as a whole has long traded at a deep discount ... with the prospect of an initial public offering for Hutch's retail subsidiary AS Watson, investors hope they might realise their long-cherished wish that a series of spin-offs will finally allow them ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Arguments for keeping Hong Kong's stamp duty fail close scrutiny

    Posted Nov 01st 2013, 03:09am by Tom Holland

    ... they argued. Those are what I should be denouncing. Them, I can only advise to get a new broker. These days, retail investors can easily strike agreements to pay no more than 0.1 per cent in commission ... to the market, that the liquidity they contributed disappeared when volatility surged, that they caused volatility to surge further, and that they ripped off retail investors by executing at better ...

  7. Business - Companies - MONITOR

    ParknShop sale looks a solid deal for Hutch shareholders

    Posted Jul 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of the local market estimated at around 35 per cent, ParknShop was long regarded as a cash-printing machine for AS Watson, the Hutchison retail subsidiary that owns the chain. But times have changed lately, and so has AS Watson. In Hong Kong we might think of Hutch's retail business mainly as ParknShop together with electronics and appliance chain Fortress. But after a spate ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Little evidence of reform so far from China's reformist leaders

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 03:56am by Tom Holland

    ... earlier. The growth of fixed-asset investment fell, too, while retail sales also grew more slowly. Noting the pattern, many China-watchers predicted a weaker performance in the last quarter ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 04:31am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The 10 basis-point rate may not sound like much but it is easily enough to discourage high-frequency traders from dealing in the city's market Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading To support its unsuccessful attempt to list in Hong Kong, Chinese internet retail giant Alibaba argued that the city's share of Asian stock market trading ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Alibaba's loss won't damage the Hong Kong stock market

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

    ... Tom Holland City's exchange should be applauded for refusing to yield to internet giant's demands for a potentially damaging corporate structure Alibaba's loss won't damage the Hong Kong stock market Mainland internet retail giant Alibaba has now joined Manchester United Football Club on the list of companies that approached the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ...




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