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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... information flows. None of those will be jeopardised by a few thousand protesters temporarily blocking some streets. As Monitor pointed out last year, a long history of anarchist protests aimed ...

  2. 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 the city's air quality over the next five years. Yesterday, she pledged to get the very worst-polluting buses and trucks- those that do the most harm to our health- off Hong Kong's streets ... stuff that poisons us the most is indeed pumped out here in our streets, Hong Kong also suffers from what we might call ambient pollution: the murky haze that rolls down from the great mainland ...

  3. Business - Money - MONITOR

    No need to panic over slide in stock markets

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 05:37am by Tom Holland

    ... wasn't alone. Markets across Asia tumbled, following Monday's 2.3 per cent slide on Wall Street and extending the emerging markets rout of last week. Once again analysts are talking about ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    By avoiding a small crisis now China risks a big one in future

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 05:02am by Tom Holland

    ... borrowers would have gone to the wall. Ultimately the state banks would have stepped in to provide funding to stronger borrowers, effectively taking the exposure back on to their balance sheets. ... Lombard Street Research, neatly summarises the threat. At the end of 2012 China's total debt equalled 213 per cent of gross domestic product, high for a developing economy but "just ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To think clearly, our officials should stand on their heads

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Like the trams, financial chief John Tsang and his advisers' thought processes run along same old lines; they should apply inverse thinking To think clearly, our officials should stand on their heads Hong Kong's government officials and their advisers have problems with thinking. Like the antiquated trams that trundle through the streets of Hong Kong island, ...

  6. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hong Kong's economy

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 04:17am by Tom Holland

    ... to Hong Kong's economy Students sitting in the streets; lots of colourful banners; some noisy chanting with people banging gongs; a sprinkling of jugglers, mime artists and the like; a few ... streets in the city's main office district will be an amusing diversion. For others, it will be an irritating inconvenience. What it certainly won't be, however, is what the democracy ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 04:32am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Ordinary investors face higher – and often hidden – risks and are all too likely to lose out under structures that strip them of their rights Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account A dozen years ago, when your columnist was working at the Wall Street Journal, our well-intentioned boss decided that his editorial staff needed to brush up ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Ratings are not credit- and a new agency won't change that

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings badly blotted their collective copy book by helping Wall Street banks repackage toxic subprime debts as investible securities with topnotch credit ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Powerful evidence Hong Kong officials just don't care about pollution

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... past you in the street, the bus is doing twice as much damage to your health. Yet government efforts to reduce roadside emissions range from the farcical to absurd. It has told drivers ... each quarter street-level pollution- averaged across the three roadside monitoring stations- is classified as "low" or "medium", compared with the number of hours ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Five years on, US fights back as China and India struggle

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Doomsayers said it was only a matter of time before the Asian giants would rule the global economy but the United States still leads the way Five years on, US fights back as China and India struggle This weekend it will be five years since the implosion of Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers alerted the world to the deepening crisis in the US financial ...




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