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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Ask yourself this morning: Is my job a load of billshut?

    Posted Sep 17th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The conspiracy view that the ruling class devised pointless work for the masses may be off the mark, but so is Keynes' forecast of 15-hour week Ask yourself this morning: Is my job a load of billshut? London School of Economics professor David Graeber caused something of a stir last month with an article in Britain's Strike! magazine whose title I shall ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    After nine years, it's time to leave the stage

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:25am by Tom Holland

    ... to leave the stage Gentle readers, this will be my last daily column for the South China Morning Post. After nine years, 2,000 articles, and 1.5 million words- more even than Marcel Proust's ... I've never come under editorial pressure to tone down my stance. And, no, I haven't been pushed out. I just want to move on before I get stale. Finally, a huge thank you to all the readers ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's stamp duties are woefully inefficient ways to tax

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 03:27am by Tom Holland

    ... inefficient way to raise money On Sunday, my esteemed colleague Jake van der Kamp duffed me up in print. I'd provoked his ire by arguing that the Hong Kong government should scrap its stamp duty on share trading. Jake disagreed. He accepted my points that the government's 0.2 per cent per round trip tax on trading reduces liquidity, eats into savings and bumps up the cost of capital. ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The 4.3tr yuan cost of financial openness

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

    ... outflow could reach 9 trillion yuan, or 18 per cent of China's GDP. However, you don't have to accept my back-of-a-napkin sums. The financial boffins at the IMF have spent far more time ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A 15-hour work week sounds great, but we'd still want more

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... "a lack of real activity does not, of necessity, result in leisure". As you might imagine, the column elicited a considerable response, most jocular, but some serious. My thanks ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The Fed's policy is not just ineffective, it's catastrophic

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Aside from prolonging the US slump, quantitative easing worsened China's investment binge and even triggered the Syrian civil war The Fed's policy is not just ineffective, it's catastrophic On the front page of today's Business Post, my esteemed colleague Jake van der Kamp makes the often overlooked point that printing money doesn't boost your ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    For a fairer tax system, how about scrapping the profit tax?

    Posted Aug 27th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to line his own pockets at the expense of the rest of us." That was my first response too. But on closer examination, it seems our property baron may have a point. In international surveys, ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Less toxic than before, but Cinda still isn't a great buy

    Posted Aug 20th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Amid suspicion over bad-debt warehouse Cinda’s balance sheet, it seems to have been repaying its bonds, presumably with help from Beijing Less toxic than before, but Cinda still isn't a great buy I am grateful to the reader who wrote in response to yesterday's Monitor, drawing my attention to the note concerning "debt securities classified ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The wheels are coming off India's economic juggernaut

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... place. For India, alas, it looks very much as if the good economic times are over, at least for now. My thanks to the readers who wrote in to point out that the labels on the charts accompanying ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's ascendancy delayed, but only by a scant few years

    Posted Aug 09th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Peter the Great or Napoleon to make them so. "In my idle speculation upon this world's future I have long selected them as the combatants on one side of the great Battle of Armageddon, ...




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