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  1. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    CY's policies will exacerbate city's coming down-cycle

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 02:36am by Tom Holland

    ... will exacerbate city's coming down-cycle CY Leung's policy address yesterday contained lots of small things to welcome, and a couple of big ones to worry about. CY's good intentions ... when it comes to redistributing a little of Hong Kong's wealth to the city's least well-off, the chief executive is clearly thinking along the right sort of lines. It's in two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1406425/cys-policies-will-exacerbate-citys-coming-down-cycle
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... Chee-hwa was still the chief executive of Hong Kong's government, and the city was struggling to emerge from a six-year-long deflationary slump. Property prices were down by half from ... those on the mainland, where many of the cities have altered almost beyond recognition. Nine years ago, China's economy ranked seventh in the world; smaller than Italy's. Today ...

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

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

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

    ... 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, ... majority of the 54 million visitors who came to the city last year did so to go shopping. Some two-thirds of all spending by visitors to Hong Kong takes place in the city's shops. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1434352/whos-more-damaging-hong-kong-officials-or-occupy-central
  4. 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 ... budget. With only a modest increase in per capita spending on health and welfare, the report warns that by 2041 the city would have run up monstrous debts of HK$3 trillion. This is indeed a scary ...

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

    ... by a group of government advisers that show the city sliding inescapably into a structural deficit are badly flawed. Even as an ageing population will lead to slower economic growth, ...

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

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

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

    ... that on our current trajectory, rising health and welfare spending as the population ages will plunge the city into "a structural deficit" in seven to 15 years' time. The answer, Tsang ... cheaply enough. What's more, requiring them to issue bonds would expose the city's grand projects to the sort of hard scrutiny that until now they have escaped. We might just end up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1436598/its-not-heresy-expect-grand-projects-pay-themselves
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Why London became a centre of finance, but Shanghai won't

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... however, would probably ascribe the City's success to other factors. (The City of London, incidentally, refers to the area within the old Roman walls. By tradition this square mile is the home ... of finance, but Shanghai won't When the British want to explain why the City of London is the world's leading international financial centre, they usually attribute its position to a couple ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1073467/why-london-became-centre-finance-shanghai-wont
  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

    ... Kong had a young and fast-growing working age population, the city had a crying need for more and better physical infrastructure- roads, tunnels, underground railways- to boost productivity. ...

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

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

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

    ... reclamation projects. In contrast, Hong Kong is suffering dire shortages of both labour and land, Tsang argued; shortages which threaten severely to handicap the city's future economic growth. ... reason to believe it would achieve any more in Hong Kong. Tsang's eagerness to expand the city's labour force and land area merely exposes the government's twin obsessions ...

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

    No need to panic over slide in stock markets

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 05:37am by Tom Holland

    ... wasn't alone. Markets across Asia tumbled, following Monday's 2.3 per cent slide on Wall Street and extending the emerging markets rout of last week. Once again analysts are talking about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1420956/no-need-panic-over-slide-stock-markets

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