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  1. 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

    ... Tom Holland HK government should make better use of its existing resources and assets to meet the spending needs arising from an ageing population We don't need a Future Fund. The future is already upon us The government's warnings that Hong Kong is heading for a fiscal crisis of Greek proportions are ludicrous. As Monitor pointed out yesterday, new projections ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1440476/we-dont-need-future-fund-future-already-upon-us
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To boost business, WTO must ditch 'all or nothing' approach

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 03:12am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Two-speed structure would let small groups of members negotiate deals under trade body's structure, with the option of others joining later To boost business, WTO must ... of them in East Asia, and to add US$960 billion to the world's economic output. That equals 1.3 per cent of last year's global gross domestic product; a gain that is certainly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1378473/boost-business-wto-must-ditch-all-or-nothing-approach
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The US$50b a year reason China's elite love tax havens

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 01:13am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Taking the money out is just the first step; it's all about sending it back under the guise of foreign investment and enjoying the taxman’s largesse The US$50b a year ... of a BVI-domiciled company. Alternatively, you set up a BVI company to hold the stake you own in your mainland business before floating it in Hong Kong, booking the proceeds of the offering in an offshore ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1411288/us50b-year-reason-chinas-elite-love-tax-havens
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... seven-volume A la recherche du temps perdu- it is time for me to move on and do something else. It's been a fascinating and eventful nine years to work as a business columnist. But glancing back, ... is well over 600 million. Then there were just 11 million private cars on China's roads. Today there are nearly 100 million. In 2005 the yuan was still pegged to the US dollar. Now it has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441327/after-nine-years-its-time-leave-stage
  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

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

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

    ... fallen 1.3 per cent against the US dollar. That might not sound like much, but for the yuan it is the most abrupt decline since its 1993 devaluation, and it confounded legions of analysts ... intervene in sufficient volume to prevent the yuan from appreciating under the pressure of the inflows. But if it does, it will continue to accumulate foreign-currency assets like US Treasury bonds, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1438811/yuan-falling-only-because-beijing-wants-it
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 12:24am by Tom Holland

    ... financial business. You can see why they are all so eager to come here. They get to appear in the media against a backdrop of skyscrapers and economic dynamism rather lacking back at home. Rising US ... more unbalanced. The British chancellor is also wildly off-kilter when it comes to the yuan. Keen to promote London as a centre for yuan business, yesterday he announced that "what we all ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1432166/george-osborne-wrong-about-china-and-yuan
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's not heresy to expect grand projects to pay for themselves

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 01:01am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The capital market provides a ready solution, and the extra scrutiny that comes with bond issues might just spare us some white elephants It's not heresy to expect grand projects to pay for themselves Thank you to the readers who wrote in to comment on yesterday's Monitor, which suggested that Hong Kong's fiscal problems, outlined in Wednesday's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1436598/its-not-heresy-expect-grand-projects-pay-themselves
  8. 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

    ... Tom Holland Instead of building mega-projects that serve no purpose, the government should spend money where it is needed: education, health and welfare Tsang's vision of Hong 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 ...

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

    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

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

    ... Tom Holland Fears of looming structural deficits will disappear if the government considers infrastructure spending that complies with actual needs Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending Yesterday the government's working group ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1439605/fiscal-report-based-lunatic-projection-capital-spending
  10. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:34am by Tom Holland

    ... grown faster than Hong Kong's when measured in US dollar terms, as the first chart shows. But Singapore's apparent outperformance was entirely due to the Singapore dollar's 40 per ... of US$24,000 a year each, while Singaporeans can manage only US$21,000. Actually, I'd argue that Jake exaggerated Singapore's household spending. Believe it or not, stuff is more expensive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1429854/immigration-and-reclamation-wont-raise-living-standards

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