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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tsang's budget will do nothing to solve Hong Kong's twin problems

    Posted Feb 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... at 3 per cent. And almost uniquely outside the oil-exporting sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf, Hong Kong's government finances are in rude health. Last February Tsang forecast ... But with much of the developed world struggling to escape recession, it counts as a robust performance. Even better, as the first chart below shows, Hong Kong's economy is forecast to grow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1158571/tsangs-budget-will-do-nothing-solve-hong-kongs-twin-problems
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong just following mainland in rejection of transparency

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

    ... Tom Holland If Hong Kong conceals company directors' ID card numbers, it will merely assist criminal activities among officials and businessmen HK just following mainland in rejection of transparency In proposing to conceal the identity card numbers of company directors from the public, the Hong Kong government is taking a major backwards step away from transparency. But in doing so, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1154153/hk-just-following-mainland-rejection-transparency
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Directors' privacy is a direct attack on the public interest

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

    ... In Hong Kong that means either a local identity card number or a passport number. This disclosure is crucial. Without unique identifiers, banks cannot do credit checks, business counterparties ... on the public interest Yesterday's South China Morning Post carried a full page petition signed by 1,768 journalists protesting against the Hong Kong government's plans to restrict public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1138201/directors-privacy-direct-attack-public-interest
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Illuminating confessions from a shadow banker

    Posted May 15th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... who is uniquely well placed to understand what is going on, however, is Joe Zhang. Zhang is probably best known in Hong Kong as the UBS analyst who back in 2001 triggered the collapse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1237823/illuminating-confessions-shadow-banker
  5. 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

    ... Kong's future is severely out of focus In his budget speech yesterday, John Tsang Chun-wah did his best to scare us. If Hong Kong continues on its current trajectory, steadily improving ... and it soon becomes clear that Tsang's gloomy forecast of a looming structural deficit is the product of a deep structural flaw in his own approach to Hong Kong's public finances. When Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1435878/tsangs-vision-hong-kongs-future-severely-out-focus
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... or Occupy Central? Among the grievances aired at Hong Kong's weekend protest against media censorship were complaints that editors have been leaning on local journalists to stress the supposed ... of Occupy have been warning for months now that the movement will cause economic havoc in Hong Kong. However, on examination their criticisms of Occupy are vacuous. If people are concerned about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1434352/whos-more-damaging-hong-kong-officials-or-occupy-central
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Neither Singapore nor Hong Kong is an Iceland waiting to happen

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

    ... that Singapore is heading for a similar smash. But it gets worse. "Everything Forbes said about Singapore, you could just as well say about Hong Kong," says our reader, a financier who has ... the meltdown. Clearly Forbes believes something similarly catastrophic may now be about to happen in Singapore. Yet if Singapore has reason to be concerned, Hong Kong should be really worried. Where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1427348/neither-singapore-nor-hong-kong-iceland-waiting-happen
  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

    ... Tom Holland City's anti-pollution campaign will not end problem as long as the mainland continues to burn coal to satisfy its power demand Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air Christine Loh Kung-wai, Hong Kong's campaigning Under Secretary for the Environment, has promised us that she will deliver "drastic improvements" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426234/even-hong-kongs-best-efforts-may-not-help-clear-our-air
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's wealth fund is doing a lousy job investing our money

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 02:13am by Tom Holland

    ... is doing a lousy job investing our money You may not know about it, but Hong Kong has a sovereign wealth fund. It's called the Exchange Fund. It manages assets of HK$3 trillion, and its investment performance is abysmal. Yesterday the Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced the Exchange Fund's results for 2013. It managed a return of just 2.7 per cent. When you consider ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1412068/hong-kongs-wealth-fund-doing-lousy-job-investing-our-money
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong needs a fresh policy on water before the taps run dry

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... the taps run dry This year the Hong Kong government will renegotiate the agreement under which the city gets 80 per cent of its fresh water from the Dongjiang, or East River, in Guangdong province. No doubt the price will rise a touch from the modest HK$4.80 a tonne that Guangdong currently asks. But few people in Hong Kong will either know or care. The increase will not be reflected in our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1400946/hong-kong-needs-fresh-policy-water-taps-run-dry

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