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  1. Business - Money - WHITE COLLAR

    Why few retail investors might board the 'through train'

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:43am by Enoch Yiu

    ... allowed anyone with a bank account at the Tianjin branch of Bank of China to trade in Hong Kong stocks without a limit, the new plan permits only institutional investors, such as pension funds ...

  2. Business - Money - WHITE COLLAR

    Hong Kong brokers left out by new 'through train' plan

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 11:59am by Enoch Yiu

    ... on its website that investors could open foreign exchange accounts at the Bank of China's Tianjin branch to trade Hong Kong stocks. Residents could also open accounts at bank outlets ... obsolete. The QDII programme allowed mainlanders to invest offshore through fund products offered by banks or fund houses that succeeded in obtaining a quota. If the "through train" plan ...

  3. 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

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com The real threat to the city's yuan business is the possibility of Beijing opening up capital markets Yuan milestone belies challenges ahead As local banks uncork the champagne today to celebrate 10 years since they were first allowed to engage in personal banking in yuan, they still face significant challenges ahead. Hong Kong Monetary Authority ...

  4. Business - Money - WHITE COLLAR

    Big players unlikely to heed welcome move by smallest MPF provider

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 11:27am by Enoch Yiu

    ... combined controlled almost half the market. HSBC, together with subsidiary Hang Seng Bank, had a market share of 30.8 per cent, while insurer Manulife had 18 per cent, the Gadbury report said. Next was AIA, the city's largest insurer, with 9.8 per cent, followed by BOCI-Prudential with 7.9 per cent and Bank Consortium Trust with 6.1 per cent. This means the top five MPF providers had ...

  5. Business - Comment - WHITE COLLAR

    Green approach to lai see only halfway there

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 12:47am by Enoch Yiu

    ... passed through a number of bank branches in the past few days and found many customers in long queues for newly printed banknotes to be used for their lai see money, traditionally given ... In addition, the three note-issuing banks in Hong Kong would need to arrange more than 500 trips with security guard escorts to transport the new banknotes. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has tried ...

  6. Business - Comment - WHITE COLLAR

    Hongkongers coming round to green approach for lai see money

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 11:34am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu With the Lunar New Year approaching this Friday, Hongkongers are increasingly taking an environmentally friendly approach to lai see money. Your columnist has passed through bank ... note-issuing banks in Hong Kong will need to arrange more than 500 trips by security guards to escort the transport of the new banknotes. HKMA has tried to cut down on cotton and energy consumption ...

  7. Business - Comment - WHITE COLLAR

    Rescue plan for financial firms in choppy waters

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 01:37am by Enoch Yiu

    ... In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, many Western countries used taxpayers' money to rescue banks or financial firms. The new proposal intends to avoid the need for the Hong Kong government ... Commission and the Insurance Authority to compulsorily transfer ownership of a failing financial institution to another financial firm so as to allow the bank, insurance company, broker or fund ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - WHITE COLLAR

    After belated securities reform, Hong Kong should look at insurance regulation

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 10:24am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Twenty-five years after it was proposed, the Hong Kong stock exchange is finally going to implement a key reform that will bring it in line with late-20th century practice. In a city known for its efficiency, that is amazingly ...

  9. Business - Comment - WHITE COLLAR

    London Metal Exchange competes with Bohai for mainland's affections

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 10:10am by Enoch Yiu

    ... firms and investors. Last week, it introduced its platform in Hong Kong, allowing foreign players to conduct yuan settlements. The roadshow’s locale was telling: it was held at the Bank of China Hong Kong headquarters in Central. The bank’s parent company, Bank of China, is one of the Big Four state-owned commercial lenders in the country. The Bohai bourse was also the first non-bank ...

  10. Business - Comment - WHITE COLLAR

    LME must seize the initiative to get mainland China access

    Posted Dec 24th 2013, 12:56am by Enoch Yiu

    ... In a bid to woo traders, brokers and investors, Bohai brought its travelling roadshow to Hong Kong last week. The symbolism of the event, hosted at the Bank of China Hong Kong's gleaming headquarters in Central, was hard to miss. More significant for would-be foreign competitors is that the Bohai bourse is the first non-bank organisation on the mainland permitted to conduct ...




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