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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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, ...

  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

    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 ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's time for some big thinking about Hong Kong's tax system

    Posted Aug 06th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With the prospect of shrinking revenue ahead, this column will get the debate started with some inventive – and fair – options to fill the coffers It's time for some big ... 50 per cent. This reliance on the property market has fostered an institutional bias within the government in favour of high property prices. By restricting the supply of new building land, ...

  8. Business - Commodities - MONITOR

    Gold unlikely to regain its shine any time soon

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

    ... any time soon It's been a tough couple of years for gold bugs. Back in the summer of 2011, they were cock-a-hoop. With Europe in crisis and the media full of warnings that central bank ... of die-hard bulls were still arguing that buyers in China and India were preparing to re-enter the market to take advantage of the new, lower prices. But Chinese buyers are largely financial ...

  9. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing's statistical sleight of hand

    Posted Dec 06th 2013, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... caused a stir when he suggested that China's statisticians have routinely understated price levels, so exaggerating output. Now researchers at Columbia University in New York have shed some ... Tom Holland China hasn't beaten the business cycle, it's just tampered with price data Beijing's statistical sleight of hand At times over the last five years, enthusiasts ...

  10. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    What Shanghai's brand new free-trade zone won't offer

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland While we're left guessing on what will be allowed, there won't be interest rates set by market and free flows of capital – at least at the same time What Shanghai's brand new free-trade zone won't offer A day after the official launch of Shanghai's new free-trade zone we know little more about the project than we did a week before. Despite ...




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