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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

    ... Tom Holland In his final column, Tom Holland laments the fact that despite dramatic growth on the mainland, many of its problems have become even worse After nine years, it's time ... 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, ...

  2. 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

    ... are reported to be sniffing around Wing Hang Bank, which is 45 per cent owned by the controlling Fung family and Bank of New York Mellon. At the same time, the Yue Xiu Group, a trading company owned ... Tom Holland With mainland growth slowing and a debt crisis mounting, it looks like an opportune time for shareholders to quit the family business It's a good time to sell HK's ...

  3. 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 ... capital controls, it is obliged to rely on reserve requirements to manage domestic monetary conditions. And as even Yam concedes in his new paper, China's financial system is too fragile ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Nothing new in Beijing's latest 'clampdown' on shadow loans

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 03:33am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Instead of more edicts, some enforcement of the rules would help, even though the root problem is the mainland's artificially low interest rates Nothing new ... at tightening the regulation of China's ballooning market in murky off-balance-sheet loans. The document contained few details, but according to news reports the new measures made it more difficult ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    New 'two-child' rules won't trigger China baby boom

    Posted Dec 11th 2013, 04:55am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With disposable incomes just above the running costs of a middle-class urban infant, eligible couples will be deterred from enlarging families New 'two-child' rules ... at the local level, so the timing and actual extent of the liberalisation remains unclear. But the idea is that in future couples will be allowed to have a second baby if either parent is themselves ...

  6. 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

    ... The future is already upon us The government's warnings that Hong Kong is heading for a fiscal crisis of Greek proportions are ludicrous. As Monitor pointed out yesterday, new projections ... the government could meet its future spending needs from existing resources. They do, however, come up with one new recommendation that is not so much novel as utterly bizarre. Hong Kong, they say, ...

  7. 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 ... of the government's stubborn insistence on segregating the 20 per cent of its total revenues derived from land premium payments and spending them only on new infrastructure projects, which Hong Kong will need ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

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

    ... billion in 2014 to an eye-popping HK$515 billion in 2041. To put that sum into perspective, it is enough to build four new runways for Hong Kong airport each year. The working group explains ...

  9. 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

    ... the workforce in the late 1970s and early 1980s are nearing retirement, and our working age population is set to decline over the coming years. That means we no longer have such a burning need for new ... of government spending, outweighing either education, health or welfare; the three areas of expenditure Tsang says he is so concerned about. Hong Kong needs some new infrastructure spending of course. ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It is time for Hong Kong to get real about water pricing

    Posted Jul 31st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The wet stuff is too cheap, so residents waste it, but growing demand on the river that supplies the city means we have to learn to conserve it It is time for Hong Kong to get ... Singaporeans and 60 per cent more than the average New Yorker. [In the 60s' drought] the city's taps worked for just four hours in every four days Unfortunately, we won't be able to go ...




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