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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    When computers take over trading …

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by Alex Lo

    ... and the machines will still be owned by some financial (human) overlords, like retired hedge fund supremo and mathematician Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies. The vast gulf in technology and knowledge ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Why the United States should take the blame over Rwanda inaction

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 04:29am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Why US should take blame over Rwanda People with great foresight who act on it to prevent disasters and save lives are far more likely to be criticised than praised. This was pointed out by financial mathematician Nassim Nicholas Tabel in The Black Swan. He argues they would have no proof that a disaster was avoided: for all we know, they might have ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's government subsidises those who need it least

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... to disadvantaged groups. Bear in mind that while we saw during this whole period one of the greatest bull runs for the local property market, our government, guided by the financial wisdom of Mr Tsang, has ... the undeserving got the most public subsidies, but that Tsang's pseudo-financial prudence wasted our surpluses that could have been used to invest long-term for Hong Kong's future. Might we ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    US offers Anson Chan and Martin Lee a poor example of democracy

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 04:48am by Alex Lo

    ... hedge fund manager, is planning to donate just that amount to influence the outcomes of the upcoming midterm elections. Hiring the services of political parties and their politicians has never ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Urbanisation will drive democracy

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by Alex Lo

    ... and educational services for new urbanites, and better protection of farmers' property rights stemming from land they leave behind. To cope with the influx, the report, published jointly ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement may take on shades of Taiwan protest

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:12am by Alex Lo

    ... Co-operation (Apec) forum for finance ministers and central bankers from Hong Kong to Beijing. Wherever such mass protests occur and whether against Wall Street, the financial City of London, austerity ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hongkongers should see the bigger picture on mainland Chinese visitors

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:24am by Alex Lo

    ... services. They push up housing costs, pricing locals out of the property market. On the last point, you see something similar in London, New York, Singapore, Vancouver among other major world cities; that is, foreign buyers going into the local property market driven by the tide of central-bank-induced liquidity and low borrowing costs during the financial crisis. That is the kind ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Lesson of 'Munich' resonates in today's Crimea

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 04:37am by Alex Lo

    ... of another country using as its cover the need to protect its ethnic brothers who had allegedly been victimised. While Western countries recovering from a great financial crisis huffed and puffed, ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Democrat Albert Ho has thirst for girly photos … and economic intricacy

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 04:20am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Alluring models and economic intricacies Poor Albert Ho Chun-yan. The Democrat and one-time chief executive candidate drew a lot of flak for looking at girly pictures on his iPad during the annual budget speech by the financial secretary. Many critics have denounced his behaviour as inappropriate. Some people even said he should resign as a lawmaker. ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    One-dimensional thinking afflicts Hong Kong's budget

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:06am by Alex Lo

    ... are correct; this is the guy who never got one right from year to year. But I think we can safely predict that, as our public education and health services deteriorate, our society as a whole ...




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