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  1. Trust vital if financial markets are to function

    Posted Nov 07th 2009, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... gain. 'For financial markets to function properly there has to be trust, this is why the highest level of professional ethical standards is one of the main pillars of the CFA qualification. ... possibilities and career advancement,' Vibhakar said. 'Recent events in the financial markets have seen a sharp increase in the importance of professional qualifications for financial services ...

  2. Taipei revives financial-markets link to Hong Kong and Shanghai

    Posted Jun 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung The Taipei city government is reviving a proposal to create a dialogue platform with Hong Kong and Shanghai, in an attempt to link the three major financial markets ... the financial turmoil. 'To be honest, the role of Hong Kong has diminished quite a bit under the new cross-strait relationship,' he said. 'Last year there were so many direct dialogues ...

  3. Shanghai moves to further open financial markets

    Posted Jun 20th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... of the city's efforts to transform into an international financial centre by 2020. Fang Xinghai, the director-general of the Shanghai Financial Services Office, said the city was speeding up development of stock and futures exchanges to attract overseas investors and would apply to the China Securities Regulatory Commission to further deregulate the market. 'We propose allowing Shanghai-based ...

  4. Regulator steps up fund approvals to cushion equity market decline

    Posted Aug 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... market, whose main index has jumped nearly 80 per cent this year. The regulator allowed three asset managers to launch new funds over the weekend after a two-week hiatus, according to Shanghai ... 'Fresh fund supply is the only positive news for the frothy market since fundamentals can't support the current valuations.' Shanghai-listed firms trade at an average of 28 times ...

  5. Regulators wary as dark pools cast shadow over galaxy of investors

    Posted Aug 18th 2009, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... rampant in the market remains doubtful. The government and the stock exchange are looking at what the United States and other regulators overseas will do about dark pools before deciding what ... could capture 5 to 10 per cent of Hong Kong's market liquidity. Our friends in government and at the exchange have not yet seen it as an immediate competitive threat. Hong Kong Exchanges ...

  6. Liquidity inflow might keep market buoyant

    Posted May 25th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... of liquidity will drive further market gains. Current price-earnings ratios for the Hang Seng Index have surged to between 15 and 16 times after hovering at about just eight times for almost five ... And the Hang Seng Index has managed to stage a stunning 10-week rally on speculation that the worst may be over. 'The market has staked out a certain relatively optimistic view of the future, ...

  7. RCG extends gain to 248pc amid keen trade

    Posted Feb 12th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... up,' said Fulbright Securities general manager Francis Lun Sheung-nim. 'That's why you have this unnatural rise to almost HK$30.' Market watchers said RCG could face strong ...

  8. Financial regulators must restore trust

    Posted Mar 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... auction periods, which greatly enhance market liquidity. They just need to be run properly. Around the world, public opprobrium heaped on bankers, regulators and many others in the financial field ... The financial turmoil has seriously dented the social standing of many once-respected professions. While investment bankers are being chased out of town in many parts of the world, ...

  9. Opaque motives behind opposition to dark pools

    Posted Dec 10th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... systems rapidly gaining popularity with institutional investors in Asian equities. To hear Arculli tell it, dark pools obstruct price discovery, split liquidity, increase volatility, hamper market regulation, impair corporate governance and exacerbate systemic risks. Meanwhile, their opacity creates a two-tier market in which professionals have access to privileged information and ordinary ...

  10. Investors are happy to follow the herd

    Posted Dec 06th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... for example, they incur a loss as a consequence of a general market depression. Investors have greater tolerance for such collective losses as opposed to a loss made as a consequence of an individual ... that this is the case. At the beginning of this year, investors made spectacular losses in stock markets throughout the world, almost certainly more than would have been incurred in the course of normal trading. ...




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