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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW JAKE

    Financial analysts thrive on people's faith in them

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 04:02am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... widely recognised. He therefore pretends to insight with ambiguous or vague pronouncements. Think about it. The pitch here is that you are paying for professional services. If you are a teacher, ... the share price, and it has invariably done so long before he has. The skills the analyst can put at your service are thus largely technical alone. He cannot do much more for you than a bank teller ...

  2. 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

    ... until 2012. Over the past year, Beijing has given the approval for other financial centres, such as London, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, to do business in yuan to further encourage international ... be a demand for an offshore market in yuan. To keep clients from going directly to financial institutions on the mainland, banks in Hong Kong will need to show they can offer better yuan products ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - INSIGHT

    Digital world must eventually defeat dictators: Schmidt, Cohen

    Posted May 09th 2013, 02:24pm by Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services

    ... Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services Nathan Gardels talks to Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen about their new book, The Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations ... Will it be part and parcel of the digital age, or a momentary response to a tragic event? We’ll have to see. Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong should be a financial capital to all- including tech start-ups

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 11:04am by YAT SIU

    ... and services. This may have been understandable back in the 1990s, when financial institutions were presented with outlandish technology concepts such as software as a service. Today, such excuses do ... ambitious start-ups is a lack of carefully thought-out and structured support from the finance community. Hong Kong is a financial capital and a keystone for much of the business activity in Asia, ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing's financial reforms will push up interest rates

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 11:41pm by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The mainland's plan to let market forces set lending costs and allocate credit will be worth it despite the pain endured by some, like state firms Beijing's financial ... guarantees are eliminated will lenders be able to assess credit risk accurately and price loans accordingly. As a result, some private sector businesses, especially service sector companies which ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A critical review of the financial development council's study

    Posted Jan 27th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake Van Der Kamp Five points to ponder … over dinner in a fine restaurant During their brainstorming, the [financial services development] council defined five areas of study, according to the council chairwoman. These include finding opportunities in the mainland, promoting the financial services industry overseas, training talent, further developing the financial sector ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Progress on fighting money laundering is encouraging

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 03:14am by SCMP Editorial

    ... for the law- competition for the services of people with the skills to monitor compliance with the law by companies and financial institutions. As a result, a number of experienced investigators have ... SCMP Editorial Waging war on financial cheats No financial centre wants to see its reputation tainted by association with money laundering. On the face of it more than 33,000 reports ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Civil Service must cut the bureaucracy for new retirement plan to work

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by Mike Rowse

    ... Mike Rowse Mike Rowse fears new proposals for civil servants are too complex Cut out the bureaucracy for retirement policy to work I fear the Civil Service Bureau might make a mess ... there. Now for the reservations. The first concerns how to treat civil servants already working in government. The second concerns the disciplined services. Serving officers will, under ...

  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    What's good for the civil service is good for Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by Howard Winn

    ... to do with, and yet we are fed, on almost a daily basis, hogwash from the financial secretary about running out of reserves. The civil service needs reforming and reminding who it is supposed ... increasingly obvious these days: that the government is being run for the benefit of the civil service rather than the community at large. Its estimates and forecasts are made on the basis of what ...

  10. Comment - Letters

    Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement will benefit Taiwan

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 04:48am by LETTERS

    ... the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, and I would like to clarify the views of the government of Taiwan. Your readers will have seen the television coverage where young people joined protests ... Trade in Services Agreement, and the Executive Yuan will study the feasibility of holding a national affairs conference, national trade and economic consultation meeting or citizens' ...




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