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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... to leave the stage Gentle readers, this will be my last daily column for the South China Morning Post. After nine years, 2,000 articles, and 1.5 million words- more even than Marcel Proust's ... it is perhaps less surprising how things have changed than how much they have remained the same. An awful lot has changed, of course. When I joined the South China Morning Post in February 2005, Tung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441327/after-nine-years-its-time-leave-stage
  2. 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 ...

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

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

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

    ... Tom Holland Our financial secretary wants to import more workers and create land, but Singapore's experience shows that will not make Hongkongers richer Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards John Tsang obviously doesn't read the South China Morning Post. That's a shame, because if he did, Hong Kong's financial secretary might just save ...

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

    Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:10am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Any slump in the mainland economy will inevitably cause casualties including Hong Kong because of the banking sector’s exposure Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing Yesterday, the South China Morning Post reported how Beijing's central propaganda department has instructed mainland media organisations not to give air time or column ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1431315/fears-over-tail-risk-hard-landing-china-are-growing
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Conspiracy theories abound about China's gold purchases

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 01:51am by Tom Holland

    ... 428 tonnes of the metal, up from 392 tonnes in 2012. South Africa, long the world's biggest miner, produced less than half that amount. This gold buying- and mining- binge has fuelled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1425591/conspiracy-theories-abound-about-chinas-gold-purchases
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To think clearly, our officials should stand on their heads

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... technique, but as recent reports make clear, it is one our officials seem never to have heard of. Earlier this month, the South China Morning Post reported a warning from Financial Secretary John ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1409195/think-clearly-our-officials-should-stand-their-heads
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Chinese bank valuations imply a bad loan ratio of 13 per cent

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 12:44am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland That's about the same figure the lenders had in 2003 before they were restructured, and a far cry from the 0.97 per cent that the banks claim Chinese bank valuations imply a bad loan ratio of 13 per cent Yesterday the South China Morning Post reported that the price of mainland-listed bank shares had fallen below the book value of their net assets per share. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1410657/chinese-bank-valuations-imply-bad-loan-ratio-13-cent
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China not the all-conquering trade power figures suggest

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 12:12am by Tom Holland

    ... billion- counted towards the US trade deficit with China. Yet although iPhones are assembled in Chinese factories, most of the high-value components are imported, typically from Japan, South Korea, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1385360/china-not-all-conquering-trade-power-figures-suggest
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Global enthusiasm for yuan overstated

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 04:30am by Tom Holland

    ... because if you look more closely at the breakdown of the mainland's imports by origin, you find that the third-biggest exporter of goods to the country, behind South Korea and Japan, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1379301/global-enthusiasm-yuan-overstated
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    South Sea Bubble warning for wealth management investors

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland CBRC probe into pooled funds either good news or cause for concern institutions will hit problems repaying investors in existing products South Sea Bubble warning for wealth management investors In his classic Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Charles Mackay detailed some of the investment absurdities of London's South Sea Bubble ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1189410/south-sea-bubble-warning-wealth-management-investors

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