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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Neither Singapore nor Hong Kong is an Iceland waiting to happen

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 12:42am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Despite predictions of disaster befalling the two Asian cities, they are far healthier financially than Nordic island before its economic crisis Neither Singapore nor HK is an Iceland waiting to happen Thank you to the reader who pointed me towards the recent Forbes article warning that "Singapore's economy is heading for an Iceland-style meltdown". ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    More immigration has not seen Singapore surpass Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... not helped Singapore surpass HK If you take your date out to the cinema "grooming is important", and don't try to entertain her with a running commentary on the movie. It's ... of the Singapore government. Known to locals as the SDU, this Orwellian body was established in 1984 as a government-run dating agency for unmarried graduates, after then-prime minister Lee Kuan Yew ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Taxing foreign buyers failed in Singapore. It will fail in Hong Kong too

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

    ... failed in Singapore. It will fail here too Yesterday, this column argued that the Hong Kong government's punitive tax on non-residents who buy apartments in the city will do nothing to make ... that, just look at Singapore, which imposed its own additional stamp duty on foreign and corporate buyers in December last year. Transaction volumes fell initially, but then recovered. Prices ...

  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

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

    ... Tom Holland Our financial secretary wants to import more workers and create land, but Singapore's experience shows that will not make Hongkongers richer Immigration and reclamation ... himself some embarrassment. In his latest weekend blog posting, Tsang compared Hong Kong's economic performance unfavourably with Singapore's. He wrote that between 2003 and 2012, ...

  6. 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 ...

  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

    ... defending. Replacing the link to the US dollar with a Singapore-style managed float, he argued, would lead to greater price stability and boost Hong Kong's role as an international financial centre. Few took his advice seriously, which was just as well because neither of Yam's claims stood up well to examination. For one thing, Singapore's managed float has done little ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Claims for economic freedom index simply don't stand up

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 01:30am by Tom Holland

    ... in US dollars of the day, the city was placed a whisker behind the Netherlands and just ahead of Singapore. By last year, however, despite having enjoyed such an unbroken spell of unmatched ... in the wealth rankings. But the United States, which has consistently come behind the city on the Heritage index remains firmly in front in terms of incomes per head. And Singapore, less free than Hong ...

  9. 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

    ... in Singapore, and less than a quarter of electricity consumption per head in the United States. In other words, as the mainland economy continues to develop, its demand for power will only increase. ...

  10. 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 ...




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