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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A Singapore-style system just wouldn't work in Hong Kong

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

    ... Tom Holland The city state's managed currency float has worked for it in the past, but its performance since the financial crisis has not been spectacular A Singapore-style system ... currency are not the only possible exchange rate regimes for the city.   What about a Singapore-style managed float? At first, that sounds an eminently sensible idea. Singapore has long managed its ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong needs a fresh policy on water before the taps run dry

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Cheap prices mean we have long ducked the tough questions on how to reduce reliance on imported supplies, but Singapore offers a model HK needs a fresh policy on water before ... Civic Exchange contrasts Hong Kong's water policy, or lack of it, unfavourably to the approach taken in Singapore, where everything to do with water is the responsibility of the Ministry ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Asia is steaming towards a debt crisis all of its own

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 02:59am by Tom Holland

    ... to Shearing's analysis, over the past 10 years debt growth has passed the hazard threshold in four East Asian markets- Hong Kong, mainland China, Thailand and Singapore- with Korea on the cusp ... enough to wipe out bank capital cushions even in well capitalised markets like Hong Kong and Singapore. At the same time, GDP has typically contracted by 8 per cent. Things are highly unlikely ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A good time to sell Hong Kong's family-owned banks as China's bad debt swells

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 03:13am by Tom Holland

    ... buyers lining up to acquire two of Hong Kong's remaining family-owned banks. Both state-owned behemoth Agricultural Bank of China and Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp ...

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    The HK$1 trillion reason to keep Hong Kong's US dollar peg

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

    ... inflation, prices here would rise faster than in Singapore, which is free to adjust its exchange rate to contain imported inflation. However, as the charts below show, there is little difference between either consumer inflation or property prices in the two cities, despite the 40 per cent appreciation of the Singapore dollar against the US currency over the past 10 years. For another, ...

  6. China locomotive still relies on US economy for traction

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

    ... with Tom Holland Everybody is desperately hoping that the growing demand of Chinese consumers for goods and services can emerge as a new locomotive for the global economy. Policymakers in the Western world hope so, because they see greater domestic consum ...

  7. Hong Kong still sweeter than Singapore's chocolate bait

    Posted Jan 25th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... for raising their chocolate allowance when in fact the state had cut the weekly chocolate ration by 10 grams to just 20 grams each only one day earlier. Something similar happened in Singapore this week. On Monday, the Straits Times Index leapt 2.4 per cent after maximum leader Lee Kuan Yew said the government planned to cut Singapore's corporate tax rate by 'at least' one ...

  8. Record Cathay profit clouded by worries over jet fuel prices

    Posted Mar 10th 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... fuel was quoted in Singapore at just under US$130 a barrel. If prices remain at these elevated levels for much longer, Cathay's business will begin to suffer. The airline has hedged around ...

  9. Shooting down some common misconceptions about the HK$

    Posted Nov 29th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Other currencies, like the Australian or Singapore dollars, are simply too unimportant in terms of Hong Kong's trade and investment flows to be worth considering. The trouble ... rock-bottom interest rates. Nor would moving to a basket peg do anything to deter inflows or cool the local property market, as the Monetary Authority of Singapore can testify. The switch would merely ...

  10. Airline counter-offer looks pie in the sky

    Posted Jan 07th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... acquisition of a combined 24 per cent stake in the company by Singapore Airlines and its parent Temasek Holdings. Or they can reject the deal on the grounds that the bid falls woefully short of China ... they have a point. After all, the Singapore Airlines bid of HK$3.80 a share is worth a little more than half China Eastern's closing price last Friday of HK$6.92. But CNAC is no disinterested ...




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