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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... seven-volume A la recherche du temps perdu- it is time for me to move on and do something else. It's been a fascinating and eventful nine years to work as a business columnist. But glancing back, ... those on the mainland, where many of the cities have altered almost beyond recognition. Nine years ago, China's economy ranked seventh in the world; smaller than Italy's. Today ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441327/after-nine-years-its-time-leave-stage
  2. 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

    ... education, welfare and health services, the financial secretary warned we will be plunged into "a structural deficit" in just seven years. Even if the government were to freeze real per ... success, and today Hong Kong's physical infrastructure is rated among the best in the world. However, over the last 30 years our priorities have changed. All those youngsters who entered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1435878/tsangs-vision-hong-kongs-future-severely-out-focus
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's not heresy to expect grand projects to pay for themselves

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 01:01am by Tom Holland

    ... that on our current trajectory, rising health and welfare spending as the population ages will plunge the city into "a structural deficit" in seven to 15 years' time. The answer, Tsang ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1436598/its-not-heresy-expect-grand-projects-pay-themselves
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... directly at London's main financial district has done nothing to harm its world-leading status. Hong Kong's bankers have nothing to fear from Occupy except perhaps for a little minor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1434352/whos-more-damaging-hong-kong-officials-or-occupy-central
  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:34am by Tom Holland

    ... in Singapore than Hong Kong. If you apply the World Bank's formula to adjust for the differences in purchasing power between the Hong Kong and Singapore dollars, you find that whereas Hongkongers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1429854/immigration-and-reclamation-wont-raise-living-standards
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

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

    ... and the yuan British government ministers do like visiting this part of the world. Prime Minister David Cameron was in China in December, attempting to promote British exports ("Do we buy anything ... cash China exports to the rest of the world- has fallen from 10 per cent of the country's gross domestic product in 2007 to 2 per cent last year. But that reduction was not the result ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1432166/george-osborne-wrong-about-china-and-yuan
  7. 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

    ... but it will be a long time before it can fly Former Hong Kong Monetary Authority boss Joseph Yam Chi-kwong may have retired from his position as the world's most generously paid central banker, but he ... currency to the US dollar, given that the world's financial flows are overwhelmingly US dollar-denominated. The central bank imposes a high reserve requirement for one overriding reason: it’s ...

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

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

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

    ... published yesterday, Tim Condon, the chief economist for Asia at Dutch banking giant ING, argued that just as China's rapid growth in the 2000s lifted economies across the world, so a Chinese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1431315/fears-over-tail-risk-hard-landing-china-are-growing
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Tom Holland

    ... acceptance Talk to financiers in Hong Kong and you will get the impression that it is the manifest destiny of China's yuan to displace the US dollar as the world's dominant currency, ... rise to pre-eminence as the world's currency of choice for international trade and investment can only be a matter of time. Yet a look at the economic history books advises caution. Over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1421684/four-reasons-yuan-will-struggle-gain-acceptance
  10. 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

    ... investment and the rapid growth in electricity production, which has catapulted the mainland into first place as the world's biggest power generator, it remains energy-poor. Last year, ...

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

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