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  1. Li turns a corner, runs into rivals

    Posted Apr 01st 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to itself. Now that teething problems with the technology have been overcome and a critical mass of customers wants the service, competitors are appearing fast. Vodafone and Orange have introduced ... TOM HOLLAND Almost two years after their launch, 3G mobile phones are finally catching on. On Thursday, Li Ka-shing was able to boast that subscriptions to Hutchison's 3G services had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/494885/li-turns-corner-runs-rivals
  2. Li turns a corner, but runs into rivals

    Posted Apr 01st 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... has had the 3G market to itself. Now that teething problems with the technology have been overcome and a critical mass of customers wants the service, competitors are appearing fast. Vodafone ... Tom Holland Almost two years after their launch, 3G mobile phones are finally catching on. Yesterday, Li Ka-shing was able to boast that subscriptions to Hutchison's 3G services had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/494938/li-turns-corner-runs-rivals
  3. Brand-new challenge for advertising chief

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... first task is to make sure our clients are fully aware of our range of services. That alone will generate growth.' But although he is spending much of his time meeting customers, Mr Birkin ... Omnicom is the world's largest advertising and marketing services company by sales, with revenues of US$9.75 billion last year. But outside its core markets of North America and Europe, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/510464/brand-new-challenge-advertising-chief
  4. End of the rainbow remains out of reach

    Posted Aug 14th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland For Li Ka-shing and his lieutenants at Hutchison Whampoa, getting their enormous investment in 3G mobile-telephone services to pay off is a bit like chasing the pot of gold ... the end of this year. Yesterday, both Mr Li and Mr Fok were being more guarded with their forecasts, complaining that the recession had forced customers to trim their discretionary spending ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/689690/end-rainbow-remains-out-reach
  5. G20 should ban universal banks to prevent next crisis

    Posted Mar 31st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... deposit-taking banks from entering the securities business. The general idea was that by taking customer deposits, extending credit to small businesses and operating payments systems, commercial banks provided a vital service both to the public and to the economy at large. That meant they should be banned from potentially ruinous business activities in order to protect customer deposits ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/675318/g20-should-ban-universal-banks-prevent-next-crisis
  6. StanChart offering lifts core capital into comfort zone

    Posted Aug 05th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland As a company that has always made the bulk of its earnings in volatile emerging markets, there was a time when Standard Chartered used to slip up so frequently that it became known as the banana-skin bank. No longer. Today Standard Chartered looks remarkably sure-footed, as its focus on providing plain vanilla banking services to clients in Asia, the Middle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/688899/stanchart-offering-lifts-core-capital-comfort-zone
  7. Why HSBC won't be coming home to Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 13th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... deposit-taking banks from entering the securities business. The argument was that commercial banks provided a vital service to the public and to the economy at large by taking customer deposits, extending credit to small businesses and operating payments systems. As a result, they should be banned from potentially ruinous business activities in order to protect both customer deposits ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/724622/why-hsbc-wont-be-coming-home-hong-kong
  8. Toothless tabby likelier than cat among pigeons

    Posted Mar 05th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... year. Here, the government pays lip service to a level playing field, but refuses to give its policy any legal force. Business is still done the bad old way, with company bosses coming together to rig prices and conglomerates contracting openly with their own subsidiaries to the detriment of competitors and customers. 'Hong Kong is riddled with cartels and monopolies,' said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/491377/toothless-tabby-likelier-cat-among-pigeons
  9. A leveraged play on Hong Kong's bear market

    Posted Aug 15th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... at the height of the bull market. HKEx makes 90 per cent of its money from four sources. It levies fees on trades. It charges again for back-office services such as clearing and settlement. It pockets the interest it earns on margin payments held as deposits against customers' futures and options positions. And it charges listing fees. In recent months trading fees have been hammered, partly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649108/leveraged-play-hong-kongs-bear-market
  10. China clouds aside, Skype's the limit for eBay acquisition

    Posted Sep 13th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of just US$60 million this year. But then Skype is growing at a phenomenal rate and promises to offer a good fit with Ebay's electronic-commerce services. However, lest enthusiasts get carried away by the euphoria, reports that Skype's services are being blocked in Shenzhen are a salutary reminder that in China, regulatory risk poses a real threat to the business prospects ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516025/china-clouds-aside-skypes-limit-ebay-acquisition

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