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  • Nov 28, 2014
  • Updated: 9:02pm

Reserve Bank of Australia chief Glenn Stevens might just be about to burst into song

28 Nov 2014 - 9:43am

Global trading sentiment on copper may have risen for the first week in four, but prices are languishing at one-month lows.

27 Nov 2014 - 9:10am

Yes, it is an old story, but the British pound has gained against the euro since July last year when 87 pence were needed to buy one unit of the single currency.

26 Nov 2014 - 8:50am

While yen weakness may help corporate Japan, it has been bad news for US dollar-based investors in Japanese equities.

25 Nov 2014 - 9:17am

Since July, the US dollar has gained against all currencies, including the Singaporean dollar.

24 Nov 2014 - 9:24am

Stock Quotes

Markets

Wealth

The world’s richest people are clinging to stockpiles of zero-yielding cash despite a surge in financial markets and increasingly sophisticated attempts by private banks to entice them into...

23 Jun 2014 - 9:26pm

At last, a man with a mission and a breath of fresh air after all those cliched charity balls. We’re talking about Mission Possible, a fund raiser that’s fun, with zero expenses and every cent...

6 Mar 2014 - 5:57pm

It’s worked in Los Angeles, London, New York and Amsterdam but it will be interesting to see how Hyatt’s Andaz concept goes down in Tokyo. Most global hotels still stick to: guest arrives, bellboy...

27 Feb 2014 - 11:15am

Meet Boris the Chair

26 Feb 2014 - 11:51am

Thursday's memorial service for society jewellery designer and philanthropist Sandra D'Auriol is set to be one of the most memorable and spectacular ever held in Central's St John's Cathedral.

13 Feb 2014 - 8:10pm

Battling Portfolios

See how the experts manage two imaginary HK$50million portfolios.

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Money News

Fifteen more countries are now using the yuan to settle more than 10 per cent of their trade and investment deals with mainland China and Hong Kong, bolstering the view that the currency is...

27 Nov 2014 - 9:15am

Spending

Amid the mainland’s clampdown on visible luxury, high-net-worth individuals are shifting away from merely owning things to seeking experiences that will help them acquire a modicum of savoir faire...

18 Jun 2014 - 1:36am

British retailers slashed prices at the fastest rate in at least seven years during the January sales, industry figures showed on Wednesday, highlighting tough trading conditions despite an...

5 Feb 2014 - 2:49pm

The spending habits of the mainland consumer have been well dissected, as have the buying preferences of their travellers. But what about their peers who go abroad and stay there?

20 Dec 2013 - 4:18pm

“For sure, one of the best things about living in Singapore is how easy it is to get a cheap flight,” says Alessandra Chu, a Hongkonger who moved to Singapore three years ago for work as a...

15 Jul 2013 - 5:14pm

The world's largest online travel company Expedia launched its Hong Kong site this month with a best price guarantee: should a customer find a better price online for the exact same trip within 30...

15 Jul 2013 - 10:31am

An 8,000 sq ft space tucked away in an Ap Lei Chau warehouse is Steve Freeman's latest labour of love. An avid art collector and regular fixture on the local art scene, Freeman is the organiser of...

8 Jul 2013 - 2:35am

Markets & Investing

Two companies – EGL Tours and China Maple Leaf Educational Systems, a Hong Kong-based travel agency and an international school operator in Dalian – made a mixed trading debut in Hong Kong on...

28 Nov 2014 - 10:09am

Canadian insurer Manulife plans to issue C$500 million (HK$3.44 billion) bonds by offering a mixed of fixed and floating rates, the company said in a statement with the Hong Kong stock exchange on...

27 Nov 2014 - 9:32am

Australia's securities regulator announced it is taking legal action seeking fines and disbarment orders against directors of an A$800m (HK$5.3 billion) property fund whose collapse in March last...

21 Nov 2014 - 6:59am

In June, primary school teacher Jayne Ellis complained to the South China Morning Post when she found out her savings were actually locked into several multi-year contracts, called investment-...

11 Aug 2014 - 4:41am

Institutional investors, such as endowments and sovereign wealth funds, are trading some of their stock futures contracts for exchange-traded funds (ETFs), an action they say saves them money and...

31 Jul 2014 - 6:14pm

Economy

The Australian economy's rebalancing away from mining to other industries looks to be finally under way, validating the central bank's strategy of keeping record-low interest rates and calling for...

28 Nov 2014 - 3:22am

Exports grew strongly in China and India in the third quarter of the year but slowed in other major economies, according to international trade statistics from the Organisation for Economic...

28 Nov 2014 - 4:35am

Profits in China's industrial sector slipped back into negative territory last month after a slim gain in September, recording a 2.1 per cent year-on-year decline to 575.5 billion yuan (HK$726.6...

28 Nov 2014 - 3:29am

The People's Bank of China sees falling prices as the biggest risk to the economy and also the primary reason behind its first interest rate cut in two years, deputy governor Hu Xiaolian said.

28 Nov 2014 - 9:34am

Q&A With Our Experts

Life is a lottery. Why bother with financial planning?

Life is a lottery and, even for the most controlling, mostly beyond our control. All we can hope for is to manage the odds and relish the evens.

Financial planning is, at least, risk management and, at best, wealth enhancement.

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I'm 45 and my annual health checks are great with no hint of the heart problems that killed my Dad and his Dad. My wife is 47 and in good health but smokes. My employer provides generous medical benefits for the family. I love my job and have no plans to move but my industry is fickle. Should I look for some sort of back-up cover?

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We have property in Australia and a bit of superannuation there. Was there anything arising from last month's federal budget that we should be aware of?

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