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  1. 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 ... with fewer white elephants, more milch cows. If the government really wants to broaden its revenue base, there are ways to do it without further burdening Hong Kong's residents, who already pay ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... Tom Holland Just enforcing the rules could end HK's housing 'shortage' Without knowing it, Jake's View and Monitor have been thinking along convergent lines. We started 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 ...

  3. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

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

    ... of non-traded goods and services, like housing. As Monitor has pointed out before, if you look at real GDP per capita in local currency terms, you find that Hong Kong has averaged a 3.9 per cent growth ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    By avoiding a small crisis now China risks a big one in future

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 05:02am by Tom Holland

    ... the traditional store house for ICBC's bad assets; state insurance giant PICC, which owns a third of the trust company that structured the product; and the provincial government of Shanxi, ...

  5. Business - Economy - MONITOR

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

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

    ... other areas that his address was more troubling: fiscal policy and housing. In both CY appears to display a worryingly poor understanding of Hong Kong's economic cycle. First consider his ... on a home-building binge. Yesterday he promised to increase housing density across much of the territory and to develop something called the "East Lantau Metropolis" as part of his plan to build ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Simple-minded to expect Hong Kong home prices to fall? Not at all

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 01:43am by Tom Holland

    ... Cheung Kong executive director Justin Chiu declaring "the worst is over for the city's housing market". Prices have found plenty of support, and demand is picking up, he said. ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's housing supply to soar just as mortgage rates double

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland And when currently unoccupied homes are put up for sale, prices can only fall. Then you will see just how unhappy property agents can get HK's housing supply to soar just ... they will not reverse their stamp duty rises and pledging to step up the construction of new housing projects. Last week, they announced the government will build more than 60,000 public housing flats ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Crystal ball was cloudy last year, but it had its moments

    Posted Jan 03rd 2014, 01:48am by Tom Holland

    ... over 2013, leaving the city's housing less affordable than ever. So at least some of Monitor 's arrows hit their target. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MONITOR

    The unintended consequences of Hong Kong's property policies

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

    ... is this more true than in the property market. Just consider the housing policy announced by the first post-handover administration. In a bid to boost his popularity, then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa ... in an attempt to support the market. The result of that U-turn is today's shortage of new housing, a shortage that has helped push home prices up to more than 13 times annual household incomes. ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's built enough housing for everyone. Where is it all?

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... housing for everyone. Where is it all? In the mainland's big cities - just as in Hong Kong - officials are struggling to contain rising property prices. There, as here, home prices have risen ... household incomes are twice as high. In the face of mounting anger, authorities on the mainland, just like in Hong Kong, have promised to step up construction and increase the supply of new housing ...




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