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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - INSIGHT

    Digital world must eventually defeat dictators: Schmidt, Cohen

    Posted May 09th 2013, 02:24pm by Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services

    ... Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services Nathan Gardels talks to Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen about their new book, The Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations ... Will it be part and parcel of the digital age, or a momentary response to a tragic event? We’ll have to see. Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A critical review of the financial development council's study

    Posted Jan 27th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake Van Der Kamp Five points to ponder … over dinner in a fine restaurant During their brainstorming, the [financial services development] council defined five areas of study, according to the council chairwoman. These include finding opportunities in the mainland, promoting the financial services industry overseas, training talent, further developing the financial sector ...

  3. Comment - Letters

    Government can offer small landowners better financial deal

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:07am by LETTERS

    ... Government can offer small landowners better financial deal As the convenor of a public policy collective, I would like to comment on the ongoing controversy concerning development in the northeast New Territories. Even with last month's approval of preliminary funding for work on new towns proposed in this part of Hong Kong, the government's plans will continue ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong consumers deserve fairer deal in goods and services contracts

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 02:31pm by LEE MASON

    ... Lee Mason Lee Mason urges better consumer protection by amending the law on contracts for goods and services, and setting up a body to press claims Contract hit As consumers, we all enter into contracts to buy goods and services. But how often do we get to negotiate the terms of those contracts? They are almost always set out in standard form, on a "sign here" and "take ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW JAKE

    Financial analysts thrive on people's faith in them

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 04:02am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... widely recognised. He therefore pretends to insight with ambiguous or vague pronouncements. Think about it. The pitch here is that you are paying for professional services. If you are a teacher, ... the share price, and it has invariably done so long before he has. The skills the analyst can put at your service are thus largely technical alone. He cannot do much more for you than a bank teller ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Evergrande puzzles with buy-back on one hand, borrowing on the other

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 01:23am by Shirley Yam

    ... borrowing unless I'm desperate for cash," said the financial controller of a listed company. "The service charge is the same, regardless of the maturity." Trust loans have been ... Shirley Yam shirley.yam@scmp.com Evergrande’s spending may be a measure to boost confidence to help the sale of its own financial products and raise the share price Hui puzzles ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    China's currency swap deal with Switzerland is just plain dumb

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 04:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... money that came in to pay for goods, which went out. After adjusting for a deficit in services trade and some other inputs, the final surplus of the current account on the balance of payments ... solution. Ship those dollars back out again by investing them in the US. You are not buying goods or services with them this time because, if you were, these would count as imports, and then China ...

  8. Business - Property - THE VIEW

    Hong Kong needs to think out of the box on rents

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:26am by Peter Guy

    ... expense, three decent meals each day, excellent medical care and access to an array of support services from charity organisations. So distorted has our economy become from runaway property prices ... Kong flogs its flats as if they are performing a public service. The company's no-viewing restrictions over the flats may not be illegal, but they are shamelessly unethical, more worthy ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - WHITE COLLAR

    Offshore yuan centres not the biggest threat to Hong Kong's financial sector

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 02:07pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... until 2012. Over the past year, Beijing has given the approval for other financial centres, such as London, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, to do business in yuan to further encourage international ... be a demand for an offshore market in yuan. To keep clients from going directly to financial institutions on the mainland, banks in Hong Kong will need to show they can offer better yuan products ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong families need more help to cope with the trauma of divorce

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:59am by Paul Yip, MELISSA CHAN

    ... couples and their children are worse off financially than the general population in Hong Kong. In the study, at least 30 per cent of divorced households with children lived under the poverty line, ... and financial well-being. Divorce also had a detrimental effect on children academically, emotionally and with regard to their behaviour. The increase in divorce cases is having a profound impact ...




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