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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Stanley Ho's Jetstar move highlights folly of express rail link to Shenzhen

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

    ... monopoly 10 years ago, his casino company, SJM Holdings, has gone from strength to strength, generating three-figure earnings growth year after year. The performance of his other main business, ... to note that while the government is busy spending HK$67 billion of public money on the express rail link to Shenzhen, to connect Hong Kong to the mainland's high-speed rail network, Stanley ...

  2. 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

    ... 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. ... Tsang was gushing over yesterday. The high-speed rail link to Shenzhen, the bridge to Zhuhai, and Tsang's bizarre proposal to construct "an artificial island … to develop a new core ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

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

    ... In a nutshell the working group argued that as Hong Kong's population ages, over the next three decades the number of over-65s living in the city will grow by 1.5 million. As a result, measured ...

  4. 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

    ... defending. Replacing the link to the US dollar with a Singapore-style managed float, he argued, would lead to greater price stability and boost Hong Kong's role as an international financial ... for local price stability. Historically its inflation rate has hardly differed from Hong Kong's. And for another thing, it makes good sense for Hong Kong as a financial centre to link its ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:10am by Tom Holland

    ... their hedge would pay out almost 17 times over. The analysts at all three banks are careful to stress that a Chinese hard landing is still an unlikely "tail risk". Nevertheless, it is a safe ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Neither Singapore nor Hong Kong is an Iceland waiting to happen

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 12:42am by Tom Holland

    ... well for a while. But when the crisis hit, the wheels came off Iceland's banking bandwagon. In three years the island's economy contracted by 40 per cent. Now Forbes warns ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    The encouraging signs behind China's record funding figures

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

    ... the beginning of 2007, depicted as a three-month moving average in order to smooth out some of the noise in the monthly figures. With the data presented like this, we can clearly see the investment boom ...

  8. 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

    ... hydroelectric stations, including the giant Three Gorges project, and 80 per cent the old-fashioned way by burning coal. It is true that Beijing has invested heavily in clean-energy sources like solar ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Tom Holland

    ... the yuan will have to overcome to unseat the dollar are just as formidable as those that defeated the three earlier pretenders. In the 1970s, many saw the deutschemark as a competitor ... shaky on all three counts. Its capital markets are underdeveloped and closed to outsiders. Its government is a black box. And with debt levels ballooning, its banking system and economy ...

  10. Business - China Business - MONITOR

    It's tough, but China must let trust company products fail

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:23am by Tom Holland

    ... of interest. For their part, lenders regard businesses and investment companies linked to local governments as benefiting from official guarantees, so they are seen as posing low or no risk ...




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