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  1. Banks should stock up on cash for worst-case scenario

    Posted Mar 14th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and shipping as well as tourism, Hong Kong will be especially hard hit in a pandemic. Last year, the Asian Development Bank estimated that a relatively benign influenza outbreak with a mortality rate ... occurring in the wider population, including Paris. Doctors suspect that H5N1 may have mutated and that it is now spreading directly between humans. A Hong Kong man who returned recently from France ...

  2. Lessons from Sars show pig flu damage likely to be small

    Posted Apr 29th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... industries. In Hong Kong, visitor arrivals plummeted by 68 per cent in May 2003 compared with the previous year. Hotel occupancy plunged from 82 per cent in February to just 18 per cent in May. ... shows, after contracting 2.2 per cent (quarter on quarter) in the second quarter of 2003, Hong Kong's gross domestic product bounced back by an impressive 6.3 per cent in the third quarter. ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    No 'taper tantrum' this time, but Hong Kong can't be complacent

    Posted Dec 20th 2013, 01:07am by Tom Holland

    ... In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 16 per cent in just four weeks. The sell-off proved short-lived. When it became clear that tapering was not imminent, the panic blew over ... Hong Kong properties will begin to look less attractive to investors in relative terms Most East Asian markets rose on the news. And although Hong Kong-listed stocks dropped, the fall reflected ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tighten, not ease, governance rules to promote Hong Kong's market

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 02:51am by Tom Holland

    ... rules to promote HK's market A couple of months ago, mainland internet giant Alibaba cancelled its proposed stock offering in Hong Kong. It pulled the deal after being told plans that would have allowed holders of 10 per cent of the company's stock to stuff the board with their own directors failed to meet the Hong Kong stock exchange's governance standards. Inevitably, ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    British model of governance is nothing for Hong Kong to boast about

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 06:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is nothing for HK to boast about Once in a while, this column has been known to criticise the Hong Kong government. Whenever it does, someone always objects. "But Hong Kong's system was put in place by the British," he inevitably complains, as if that somehow renders the city's officials infallible, or at least immune to censure in the media. Alas, although Hong Kong ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MONITOR

    The unintended consequences of Hong Kong's property policies

    Posted Nov 29th 2013, 04:27am by Tom Holland

    ... of HK's property policies Hong Kong officials invariably mean well. But it is uncanny how often government policies end up achieving not their intended effect, but the exact opposite. Nowhere ... However, at some point over the next three years, Hong Kong housing prices are indeed likely to begin falling as mortgage rates go up in line with interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Just enforcing the rules could end Hong Kong's housing 'shortage'

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 02:52am by Tom Holland

    ... out in different places, and followed separate paths. But we ended up by coming to much the same conclusion. We have all been told so often now that Hong Kong is suffering an acute housing ... cubicles. And we have been told endlessly that the typical Hong Kong flat now costs more than 13 times the median household's annual income, shutting young families irrevocably out ...

  8. 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 ... But on balance, Jakes believes the price is worth paying. The mainland tweaked its stamp duties … with a marked impact on trading volumes "This particular stamp duty is Hong Kong's reward ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Arguments for keeping Hong Kong's stamp duty fail close scrutiny

    Posted Nov 01st 2013, 03:09am by Tom Holland

    ... messages that flowed in after Monitor suggested a couple of weeks ago that Hong Kong should scrap its stamp duty on share trading, I was gobsmacked by the vehemence of their criticism. There can ... transaction costs. As a result, liquidity on the Hong Kong stock exchange is shallow (see the chart), increasing the cost of capital for companies and eroding the returns earned by ordinary investors. ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A Singapore-style system just wouldn't work in Hong Kong

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

    ... just wouldn't work in Hong Kong I was a bit disappointed," writes a dissatisfied reader in response to Tuesday's Monitor column, which aimed to debunk the notion that Hong Kong should peg its currency to the yuan. Although he accepted that a yuan peg would be a non-starter, he pointed out that Hong Kong's current peg to the US dollar or a link to the mainland ...




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