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  1. Lai See

    Posted Nov 20th 2004, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... risk management, branch operations and credit-card business. Citibank first offered a similar course in Taiwan six years ago, and later extended them to the mainland, Indonesia, South Korea, ... Perhaps that grand space could also be adapted for public use? last in line Starting in January, Citibank and the University of Hong Kong will organise a four-month banking course for business ...

  2. Ticking along nicely, thank you

    Posted Dec 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Tony Latter

    ... external- the momentum of the global economy and, within that, more particularly, the mainland. Another factor is, of course, the continuing basic energy and enterprise of Hong Kong's people and businesses. Successive administrations may deservedly claim some credit for that, through policies of low taxation, good physical and regulatory infrastructure, small government, and so on. ...

  3. Uneasy money

    Posted Jan 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peter Kammerer Money laundering and suitcases, to my mind, go hand in hand. The humble travel case is, of course, not the only way to move dirty, corruptly obtained money from one place to another to clean it. Criminals are more likely to use casinos and gambling, electronic banking, companies that deal in exports and cross-border credit services. But there is something clinical ...

  4. Hong Kong's anti-inflation measures aren't working

    Posted May 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... commentators believe Singapore's inflation rate has now passed its cyclical high, and that it will continue to fall from here. Analysts at Credit Suisse, for example, expect the consumer inflation rate to sink to 2.7 per cent by the end of the year. The difference between Singapore and Hong Kong, of course, is that policymakers in Singapore are able to steer the value of the Singapore ...

  5. Lai See

    Posted Feb 25th 2005, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... million ($1.13 billion). PBL's win rate has plunged from 1.75 per cent in 2003 to just 0.86 per cent over the past year, with Australian media reports crediting high stakes baccarat players from Greater China at least partly responsible for the deterioration at PBL's Melbourne's Crown and Burswood casinos. PBL, of course, has teamed up with Stanley Ho Hung-sun's ...

  6. Dangers pose little threat as HK economy hits sweet spot

    Posted May 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... are wondering what is going to go wrong. Happily the most commonly cited threat- that excessive liquidity will create a credit-fuelled bubble in the property market that will then burst, precipitating ... of the property's value, there is little chance of a wave of damaging defaults even if prices do fall. Of course, a decline in the property market is still possible. The big fear is that mounting inflation ...

  7. Older (and wiser) heads see through the spin

    Posted Nov 14th 2010, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... who pretended to lead but were, in reality, better off outside rather than inside government? That's of course precisely what's happening- ever more resources are poured ... slippers, who have pitiably little to their credit except family wealth or perhaps some unspeakable ties to the ruling party of the nation. With the race on, you have all the candidates' men ...

  8. Lai See

    Posted Jul 25th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... of a hot market, saying he would not be a buyer of Hong Kong stocks because the valuations were the most expensive since January last year. To his credit, he was at least right about HKEx being ... Of course, when they make such pronouncements, the challenge is determining which part to believe. Cafe serves up 8-digit pay The record profit at Cafe de Coral has led to a record payout ...

  9. Lai See

    Posted Jun 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... of Mission Hills Group, which operates the Mission Hills golf course in Shenzhen. Another Hong Kong businessman Lee Sze-lim, chairman of R&F Properties, a Hong Kong-listed property firm, ranked ... of Nine Dragons Paper, a Hong Kong-listed containerboard maker which recently had a run in with Standard and Poor's over its credit rating. Not exactly a quiet exit It's a case ...

  10. Ask our experts

    Posted Nov 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... best investment idea? US property prices have lost a third of their value over the past five years, but appear to have stabilised. Of course, it is a big country, with varied supply-demand ... Hong Kong property prices have risen 80 per cent over the past five years on easy credit and speculation, Miami property prices have fallen 50 per cent. It is very difficult to get a mortgage ...




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