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In the space of just eight weeks, investor sentiment towards developing economies has swung from exceedingly bearish to increasingly bullish.

18 Apr 2014 - 1:54am

The through train is back on, and this time not filled with passengers on their way to financial ruin.

16 Apr 2014 - 12:25am

China’s first-ever domestic bond defaults, a weakening currency and slowing economic growth are not normal buy signals, but money managers see them as a sign that the country’s reform drive is...

9 Apr 2014 - 2:49pm

New rules to allow direct share trading between Hong Kong and Shanghai could be in place within six months, market regulators said yesterday, in a move that sweeps aside capital controls on up to...

11 Apr 2014 - 5:26pm

You know how it is when Hong Kong tops a world comparison table: first comes a flurry of self-congratulatory articles, and then there will be a smug government statement to the effect that this...

2 Apr 2014 - 8:05am

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Wealth

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

I remember getting flak from friends when a Hong Kong newbie asked about hiring a domestic helper. I advised, when interviewing candidates, to ask: do you have your passport? And ask to see it. If...

11 Feb 2014 - 3:56pm

Battling Portfolios

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

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That’s the question faced by one local Hong Kong resident Thursday who opened her e-mail inbox to find a jaw-dropping offer from a local bank.

24 Dec 2013 - 10:44pm

Spending

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

“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

With summer in full swing, people are craving a dip in the swimming pool. But if your apartment tower lacks a pool and you'd rather not brave the crowds at government-run facilities, hotel health...

1 Jul 2013 - 2:17am

Finding a great bargain used to mean trawling through haphazardly stacked goods at remote warehouse outlets or lining up outside stores for hours before they opened, ready to elbow out other...

1 Jul 2013 - 1:38am

Markets & Investing

Weibo, the microblogging service owned by Sina and Alibaba, raised US$285.6 million in its initial public offering in the United States after pricing the shares at the low end of a marketed range...

18 Apr 2014 - 1:17am

Haitong International Securities having to resort to waiving its investment management fees on Mandatory Provident Fund offerings for three years shows the difficulty small players face in...

18 Feb 2014 - 2:30am

The sale of unit trusts – a type of investment product commonly seen in Hong Kong, often involving financial derivatives – hit a bump in the road in the second half of this year amid growing...

23 Dec 2013 - 12:42pm

Foreign banks could find it tough selling offshore yuan products based on their newly obtained investment quotas, underscoring the difficulty in differentiating products in a crowded market and...

7 Oct 2013 - 6:18am

It is hard to be a vendor of insurance-linked investment funds these days, as regulators come under pressure to outlaw sales of such products that are worth HK$17 billion a year.

30 Sep 2013 - 4:00am

Economy

The richest cities on the mainland, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have reached a turning point at which improvement of the sustainability of their development has slowed or...

18 Apr 2014 - 12:35am

Confidence at Japanese manufacturers grew in April for the first time in three months, and a more moderate dip is seen over the next three months, a Reuters poll showed, suggesting the impact on...

18 Apr 2014 - 1:53am

Bill Phillips was a New Zealand engineer who in 1949 accidentally became an economist by being the first to model how cash flows around the economy using water, pumps, valves, tanks and connecting...

18 Apr 2014 - 1:17am

Barely 26 years old, Zhang Xi has studied at an elite American university, worked for an investment bank in Hong Kong and an oil company in Beijing and now may launch an internet startup with two...

18 Apr 2014 - 1:17am

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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