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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Can Hong Kong be the world's biggest mining finance market?

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:35am by Howard Winn

    ... mining finance market in the world." Four years on this clearly hasn't happened, which has led some to wonder if it ever will. So was this just bull market talk or is there something ... capital in recent years, a PwC report written in February 2012 says: "We believe London, and increasingly, but not in the short term, Hong Kong will be the main global finance hubs for major ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to public finances, forewarned is forearmed

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 04:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Forewarned is forearmed Hong Kong's public finances are arguably the world's healthiest- continuous economic growth and budget surpluses; near full employment; ... such as the growth in infrastructure spending, have already been criticised as an exaggeration. The analysis is further clouded by the finance chief's assurance that our economic fundamentals remain ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Finance chief John Tsang clueless when it comes to budget forecasts

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 04:02am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Time for Tsang to stop crying wolf If finance chief John Tsang Chun-wah disagrees so deeply with his boss, he should do the honorable thing and resign. ... are nothing but wasteful. They show a man who has no idea how to run public finances other than the blind accumulation of surpluses, which now amount to a ridiculous HK$1.5 trillion, money that has ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong should not miss out on growing Islamic finance market

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 04:02am by DAVIDE BARZILAI

    ... Davide Barzilai Davide Barzilai says highly rated bond will draw conventional investors HK should not miss out on growing Islamic finance sector Seven years after Hong Kong authorities first spoke of making the city a hub for "Islamic finance", they may finally do so in 2014. After making changes to local tax laws last summer, the government announced last month ...

  5. Comment - Letters

    Self-financing post-secondary colleges need oversight body

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 04:21am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Post-secondary education needs oversight body I refer to the letter by David Lim (" Wide range of courses in self-financing post-secondary sector ", January 9) in reply to my letter (" Self-financing colleges not monitored ", December 30). He mentioned the self-financing post-secondary education sector offers plenty of variety. Professor Lim ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Defending self-financing post-secondary sector

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 04:59am by LETTERS

    ... Wide range of courses in self-financing post-secondary sector Lam Wai-leung ("Self-financing colleges not monitored", December 30) is again putting forward views that are less than fair to the self-financing sector, as he did in these columns in December 2012. He is wrong to claim that the self-financing post-secondary education sector does not offer enough variety. ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Swift too quick to hail yuan as a major currency in trade finance

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 06:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to conclusion on yuan's usage The yuan has surpassed the euro to become the second most commonly used currency in global trade finance, after the US dollar. Yuan usage in trade finance grew to 8.66 ... if we have done cheering, let's look a little more closely at this remarkable statistic. Swift has used a narrow definition. It has measured only the portion of global trade financed ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    Hong Kong must attract Islamic finance to remain a global market

    Posted Dec 07th 2013, 04:43am

    ... The fundamental premise is that money not be allowed to grow by time alone, i.e., by interest. The lender must accept some risk in the venture being financed. It also makes foreclosure on "pledged" assets somewhat difficult, and is in general more lenient towards the borrower than conventional debt. Islamic financing tries to, or is at least designed to, link social benefits ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - WHITE COLLAR

    Why Hong Kong still a long way from being an Islamic finance hub

    Posted Dec 03rd 2013, 05:45am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu A new law would allow the city to issue sukuk but few institutions appear keen to follow suit Long way to go for HK to become an Islamic finance hub The government has started its latest effort to transform the city into an Islamic finance hub with a proposed new law next year allowing it to issue Islamic sovereign bonds here. This is a grand plan but maybe a little ...

  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    So who's responsible for the MTR debacle?

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 01:01am by Howard Winn

    ... of Chartered Certified Accountants (not to be confused with Air Conditioning Contractors of America) has launched a CFO Club to connect "top minds in finance". Speaking at the opening ... the finance profession." We weren't invited to the ceremony but we've been sent the press statement about the event along with extensive gobbets from the panel discussion. One selected ...




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