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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Claims for economic freedom index simply don't stand up

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

    ... Tom Holland Hong Kong again tops the list of freest markets in world, but if freedom leads to greater prosperity, then why isn’t the city also the richest? Claims for economic freedom ... index of economic freedom. And for the 20th year in a row, there was Hong Kong sitting at the top of the ranking. Naturally, the Hong Kong government was overjoyed, with Financial Secretary John ...

  2. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing sets irreconcilable economic targets for 2014

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:28am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Much needed reforms will slow down the economy, so a pledge of stable growth is at odds with priorities of tackling debt and overcapacity Beijing sets irreconcilable economic targets for 2014 Last week China's leaders met to set their economic policy goals for next year. According to a statement issued late on Friday after the meeting's conclusion, ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... Tom Holland Forget scare stories about looming disruption and economic costs from protests, these guys are amateurs compared with government bunglers Who's more damaging, HK officials ... economic costs of the Occupy Central democracy movement. I don't know who these editors are, but evidently they know as little about economics as they care about press freedom. Opponents ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even IMF staffers are warning of an economic crisis in China

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... are warning of an economic crisis in China Time is running out for China to implement vital economic reforms. In a new working paper published this month, International Monetary Fund researchers Malhar Nabar and Papa N'Diaye warn that failure to make far-reaching policy changes is likely trigger a financial crisis that could derail China's economic development for years ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    We don't need a Future Fund. The future is already upon us

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 01:34am by Tom Holland

    ... by a group of government advisers that show the city sliding inescapably into a structural deficit are badly flawed. Even as an ageing population will lead to slower economic growth, ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... shrinks, the economy's growth rate will slow from 3.7 per cent now to a modest 2.5 per cent a year. And as economic growth slows, so- all else being equal- will the government's revenue ...

  7. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

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

    ... 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, ... reclamation projects. In contrast, Hong Kong is suffering dire shortages of both labour and land, Tsang argued; shortages which threaten severely to handicap the city's future economic growth. ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    The encouraging signs behind China's record funding figures

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 04:47am by Tom Holland

    ... behind China's record funding figures The trouble with economic statistics is that it is all too easy to see whatever you want to in the data. Take the monetary figures released by Beijing ... since mid-2009, when Beijing's economic stimulus effort was in full swing. Whether you think this is a good or a bad thing depends on your point of view. If you are worried about ...

  9. 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 ... economic and monetary boom across much of Asia. In just five years from 2002 to 2007, Iceland’s bank assets ballooned more than tenfold In Singapore interest rates fell to within a whisker of zero, ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

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

    ... financial business. You can see why they are all so eager to come here. They get to appear in the media against a backdrop of skyscrapers and economic dynamism rather lacking back at home. Rising US ... in his speech yesterday to the British Chamber of Commerce. Consider the praise Osborne lavished on China's leadership for tackling the country's economic imbalances. "China has ...




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