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  1. Lai See

    Posted Oct 24th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Homework heavy going for potential investors Listing company prospectuses must be some of the most unfriendly products in the world. We often wonder if listing candidates deliberately make them so thick and heavy to deter people from reading them. Lai See felt like his arm was going to drop off after picking up five prospectuses in Central yesterday. The tomes from ...

  2. Lai See

    Posted Oct 06th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Two takes for Le Saunda It was not up to the usual standard of disclosure we have come to expect from listed companies. Yesterday morning, Le Saunda Holdings, a Hong Kong-based footwear retailer, announced the disposal of a property for HK$34.6 million without saying where it was located. It was not until a second, supplemental announcement after the market had closed ...

  3. Lai See

    Posted Jul 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Interim report card looms for banking's big elephant HSBC Holdings was criticised four months ago for not issuing a profit warning before its annual results. Now the bank could come in for some more flak over its imminent interim results. The bank has enjoyed a strong share run since its mega rights issue in March but ironically that comeback could see it report ...

  4. Lai See

    Posted Mar 28th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok StanChart man who earns HK$182m stays anonymous Executives who get the highest pay cheques often manage to stay out of the spotlight. Such is the case with the anonymous employee at Standard Chartered Bank who made more than HK$182 million last year. That's almost 19 times more than former chairman Mervyn Davies took home (HK$9.64 million) and almost four times what chief ...

  5. Lai See

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Cold comfort as HSBC goes into damage control The slow-moving elephant eventually picked up the pace yesterday to retrieve a few thrown bananas. That's how it appeared as HSBC Asia-Pacific chief executive Sandy Flockhart invited the media to a briefing just hours after every newspaper in town had carried the same front-page story about the bank's stock ...

  6. Lai See

    Posted Mar 07th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Darwinian moment as elephant turns crustacean What do you call an elephant that has shed 40 per cent of its weight in three months? Well, at least one person thinks HSBC Holdings has become a crab. The most popular e-mail doing the rounds this week has been this version of the bank's iconic logo. It hits the perfect note for all those investors facing the dilemma ...

  7. Lai See

    Posted Mar 05th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Tycoons rush to make a killing on HSBC's rights issue If you are still under the misapprehension that the city's tycoons are falling over each other to get a chunk of HSBC Holdings' rights issue out of the goodness of their hearts and a sense of loyalty to the bank for previous loans, read on. Yesterday, it emerged that three of Hong Kong's richest ...

  8. Lai See

    Posted Jan 30th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Ox puts on a spurt but still no match for Tiger Two wrongs may make a right after all. Following those bad omens over the Lunar New Year holiday - the picking of the worst possible fortune stick at Che Kung Temple and the fireworks barge going up in flames on the harbour - the Hang Seng Index bucked the negative trend to kick off the first trading day of the Year ...

  9. Lai See

    Posted Oct 10th 2008, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Difficult times, touchy banks It's amazing how sensitive banks, even the world's most profitable one, have become in these panic-stricken times. Or has it? Check out the advertisement HSBC Holdings has placed in five major papers today. It is a reprint of a press release the bank put out yesterday regarding the British Treasury's #50 billion bailout ...

  10. Lai See

    Posted Nov 01st 2008, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok White House race sets off HK's alcohol accumulator There's a story going around about two guys having a bet on the outcome of the US presidential election that involves the loser buying the first drink for anyone who walks into the trendy Tokoro Japanese bar in Mong Kok's Langham Place. If Barack Obama wins, all you have to say is 'put it on Henry's ...




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