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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

    ... the impact of traffic jams, it is the transport secretary they should be complaining about The most common scare stories are that Occupy will cause traffic jams, deter tourists, damage Hong ... the city's officials are in a league of their own. So if people are genuinely concerned about the economic impact of traffic jams, it is the transport secretary they should be complaining about, ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... Tom Holland The city state's managed currency float has worked for it in the past, but its performance since the financial crisis has not been spectacular A Singapore-style system ... Kong well in the future. For one thing, the merits of Singapore's system have become less obvious since the financial crisis. In the post-crisis world of super-abundant liquidity, ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... Tom Holland Hong Kong property baron may have a point in calling for switch to a dividend tax that would place burden on shareholders For a fairer tax system, how about scrapping ... would shift the tax burden away from customers and employees and onto shareholders, while simplifying the tax system, encouraging corporate investment and reducing the opportunities for tax ...

  4. 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

    ... thinking about Hong Kong's tax system Whenever organisations like the World Bank, the Heritage Foundation or the World Economic Forum compile their league tables of global competitiveness, ... on the property market, when prices turn down once again the idea is bound to resurface. Happily, there are plenty of more inventive ways the government could overhaul its antiquated revenue system ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    We don't need a Future Fund. The future is already upon us

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 01:34am by Tom Holland

    ... sheet. They also pay little attention to the government's physical assets, which include Hong Kong's water system, airport, rail network and two theme parks, among many others. All ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    All is not what it seems when it comes to China's trade figures

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 11:51pm by Tom Holland

    ... really foreign trade at all. They are cargoes of goods transported from one mainland port to another through Hong Kong. Over the 12 months to November, these transshipments were worth US$158 ... their shipments in order to channel foreign hot money into the country's financial system in contravention of Beijing's controls on capital flows. According to a report published this week ...

  7. 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

    ... Extending the MTR rail network is a reasonable idea, and major upgrades to our water supply system are long overdue. But there is no need for the sort of vastly expensive "mega-projects" ...

  8. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    The yuan is falling, but only because Beijing wants it to

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 02:59am by Tom Holland

    ... interest rates may be modest. But returns in the onshore market, especially in the mainland's shadow financial system, are considerably higher than on major currencies like the yen ...

  9. 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

    ... commercial banks to set aside 20 per cent of deposits at the PBOC as required reserves is not only inefficient, argued Yam, it "is in effect a tax on the banking system" which has ... the country's financial system gets enormous net inflows of foreign money. Normally all that cash pouring in would push the yuan sharply higher on the foreign exchange market. However, to prevent ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain acceptance

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

    ... Tom Holland Open and well-regulated markets, transparent governance and solid banking system needed for Chinese currency’s rise to dominance Four reasons the yuan will struggle to gain ... structure, with policymakers that can demonstrate a track record of successful financial management. And it must have a strong and stable banking system, and solid economic prospects. China looks ...




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