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Chart of the day: Swiss wonder

For many, one of this year's biggest surprises is that sovereign bond yields have trended down steadily, dragging corporate and emerging-market yields with them.

Updated 22 Dec 2014 - 11:06am

Investors in Asia's main export-sensitive economies thought earlier this year that economic recovery in the United States would fuel demand for the region's factory output.

20 Dec 2014 - 6:58am

Or do they? Even as the US Federal Open Market Committee debated the language to warn the market that quantitative easing was well and truly over, traders did not wait.

19 Dec 2014 - 9:31am

Copper has endured its biggest two-week fall since 2011, according to the proprietary Marex Spectron Global Copper Sentiment Index.

18 Dec 2014 - 9:08am

The Indonesian rupiah on Monday hit 12,700 per US dollar, the most needed to buy a greenback in more than 16 years.

17 Dec 2014 - 9:40am

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Wealth

For world’s wealthy, years after financial crisis cash is still king

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
For world’s wealthy, years after financial crisis cash is still king

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
For world’s wealthy, years after financial crisis cash is still king

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
For world’s wealthy, years after financial crisis cash is still king

Meet Boris the Chair

26 Feb 2014 - 11:51am
For world’s wealthy, years after financial crisis cash is still king

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

Swift says 15 more countries now using yuan to settle over 10pc of trades with mainland, Hong Kong

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

When wealth is not enough: China’s rich seek luxury experiences to show off their fortunes

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 cut prices as household incomes stagnate

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
British retailers cut prices as household incomes stagnate

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
Expedia lures with best price pledge

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

Greentown shares fall 10.2pc after it calls off Sunac deal

Greentown China Holdings called off the HK$6.3 billion deal it had made with fellow mainland developer Sunac China Holdings in May to sell the latter a 24.3 per cent stake.

20 Dec 2014 - 6:34am
Manulife to issue mix of fixed, floating rate bonds

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
Manulife to issue mix of fixed, floating rate bonds

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
Big investors shift from futures to ETFs as costs grow

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

Retail investors shun US stock funds

A record run in United States stocks does not appear to have won over one large investor pool: retail investors.

Those investors have clearly favoured international stock funds over...

22 Dec 2014 - 9:54am
Retail investors shun US stock funds

Shares in mainland banks are on track to end their best year since 2009 as investors brush aside an economic slowdown and bad-loan risks.

22 Dec 2014 - 9:48am

The booming internet finance sector on the mainland has made the job market more attractive there as the salary gap between major Chinese cities and Hong Kong is set to further narrow.

22 Dec 2014 - 7:23am

Cities and towns in Shandong province should not look to the government for a bailout, provincial authorities said, making the province the first to fall in line with Beijing's plans to cut back...

20 Dec 2014 - 6:58am

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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