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  1. News - Business - FINANCIAL MARKETS

    Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange closes its doors

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by NICK EDWARDS

    ... is a non-official member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, said there was no political issue involved in the decision to close the doors of the HKMEx for trading. "This is a private commercial ... Commodities exchange shuts its doors The Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange will go ahead with a planned US$100 million rights issue and be ready within months to reapply for the trading licence it handed ...

  2. Hong Kong heading for crisis of credibility over IPO frauds

    Posted May 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... with Tom Holland Leo Goodstadt is a smart chap. He was deputy editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in the old magazine's glory days, and he headed the Hong Kong government's ... no doubt Hong Kong's financial regulators are feeling pretty pleased with themselves after Goodstadt gave them top marks in a new book published earlier this month. In Reluctant Regulators, ...

  3. Attractions of Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 29th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Why, if they do not like something here, do expatriate employees always say that they and foreign companies may leave Hong Kong for Shanghai or Singapore? Is it meant as a threat to our ... and staff are cheaper. Most companies that would move to China for those reasons have already done so or moved at least part of their operations there. The Hong Kong office is still here for low tax ...

  4. The politics of cutting taxes

    Posted Jan 08th 2007, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... Yam-kuen- in managing the politics of the budget. Hong Kong's financial chiefs normally try to dampen public expectations ahead of a budget, so that even token tax concessions will seem like ... of the tax rises that were introduced in the 2002-2003 budget. The government used that blueprint to call on people to share the economic pain of Hong Kong's downturn- by digging ...

  5. Judge Hong Kong's government by how it treats taxpayers

    Posted Jun 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and disposing of as much money as possible. Governments everywhere collect unimaginable billions of dollars, pounds, euros, yen and yuan, and covet billions more. The dollar surplus of the Hong kong special administrative region is by design, not by accident. There are calls in Hong Kong to reduce income-tax rates, but why is a 15-per-cent rate better than a 17-per-cent rate? It is suggested ...

  6. In Europe, a tussle plays out between market certainty and political reality

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Euro1.3million (HK$13.5million) before the crisis is now worth less than Euro500,000 (HK$5.2million). Ireland has certainly undertaken a Hong Kong-style deflation in the wake of the euro zone crisis. Hong Kong's experience with the link to the US dollar meant the economy must be flexible to maintain the fixed exchange rate. Ireland has to do the same. The Irish authorities understand ...

  7. Beijing tempts mainland firms to list at home rather than Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 24th 2006, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... will require full support from the CSRC. It is taking BOC less than a month to get its mainland listing after its Hong Kong offer. Leading corporations who can muster the political and economic clout ... more than a year ago. The stock ended 63 per cent higher than its offering price. Should Hong Kong people care? Absolutely, for Datong Coal once planned its market debut on the Hong Kong stock ...

  8. The politics of procrastination

    Posted Dec 16th 2006, 12:00am by Tony Latter

    ... as gospel. Then, just as important, regardless of whether the arithmetic works out within Hong Kong's present tax framework, might there not anyway be a need to restructure that framework ... that the immediately emotive topic of a GST has been laid aside, these fundamental long-term questions could usefully receive some expert attention. My third observation is at the political level. Despite Hong ...

  9. HSBC cuts loan rate, others follow; political pressure cited

    Posted Nov 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Natalie Chiu and Maria Chan HSBC, Hong Kong's largest lender, will lower its prime lending rate by a quarter percentage point, to 5 per cent, on Monday- a move that will lower rates on existing mortgages and some business loans. The rate cut was followed by other leading banks. Bank of China (Hong Kong) and Hang Seng Bank reduced their prime rate by 25 basis points to 5 per cent. ...

  10. Rate concerns plus political uncertainty weaken momentum

    Posted Mar 13th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... PAUL PONG The market seems to have lost some momentum over the past two weeks in the face of growing political uncertainty and shrinking liquidity. Speculation over Tung Chee-hwa's ... market has been gripped more by politics than fundamentals of late. In general, political change will hamper any stock market in the short run. However, I do not see Mr Tung's resignation ...




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