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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    The economist who wants to be paid to be wrong

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 01:16am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Over the years a number of economists with investment banks have cast off their chains and gone solo or formed their own organisations. One thinks here of Enzio von Pfeil, Simon Ogus, and Jim Walker, all of whom are based in Hong Kong. The latest investment banking economist to go solo is Andrew Freris, who from 2000 to earlier this year was with BNP Paribas. He ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1562207/economist-who-wants-be-paid-be-wrong
  2. Business - LAI SEE

    Entertaining insights into China's state capitalism

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:20am by Howard Winn

    ... in the People's Bank of China, before spending 11 years with investment bank UBS as an analyst, mainly as head of its China research. Indeed he first attracted public attention around 2001 for exposing ... Howard Winn Some years ago Tim Clissold wrote an entertaining tale entitled Mr China. The book describes a series of investment exploits he was involved in, to bring Western capitalist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549968/entertaining-insights-chinas-state-capitalism
  3. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    HKICPA's disciplinary arrangements are a joke

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 01:33am by Howard Winn

    ... will be of little consequence to Wu. Bring on the culture carriers Being the dynamic industry that it is, investment banking is always changing. But it would appear the industry is entering a more intense period of change. You will not fit into the investment bank of the future if you cannot code or are doing a job that could be done by an algorithm, says the efinancialcareers website. You ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549251/hkicpas-disciplinary-arrangements-are-joke
  4. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Trust me- I'm an expert, but even experts can get it wrong

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 01:43am by Howard Winn

    ... with cut-backs in commodities, disenchantment with investment banking and the continuing off-shoring. Head-hunters in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney say that an increasing number of finance professionals are making radical career changes, efinancialcareers reports. Tougher regulations and the increased power of compliance officers in banks diminished prospects for quants specialists. So, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1547030/trust-me-im-expert-even-experts-can-get-it-wrong
  5. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Slim IPO pickings for Hong Kong investment banks

    Posted Mar 19th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn howard.winn@scmp.com Hopes that 2013 will be a better year for investment banks in Hong Kong have yet to materialise. Indeed, the latest candidates poised for a listing - Sinopec Engineering and China Galaxy Securities - show no signs of yielding the juicy returns that have investment banks salivating and keep them in business. While the banks feel compelled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1194010/slim-ipo-pickings-hong-kong-investment-banks
  6. Business - LAI SEE

    Old school politician Macfarlane tells it like it is on carbon tax

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Howard Winn

    ... of uncertainty had been injected into the tax framework surrounding the mining sector. He began his answer by recalling a recent meeting with some business people who'd been discussing an investment ... that it only takes a few years of bad government to destroy an investment reputation and conceded that Australia did have a sovereign risk issue. However he was at pains to assure potential investors ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1543891/old-school-politician-macfarlane-tells-it-it-carbon-tax
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    What's the point of yet another report on biodiesel?

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 12:08am by Howard Winn

    ... security risk. The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States failed to provide Ralls with constitutional due ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1557108/whats-point-yet-another-report-biodiesel
  8. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    China Development Bank playing hardball over Rusal loan reform

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 01:13am by Howard Winn

    ... Dances with Bears reports. With this bid, Rusal arranged with Nigeria's privatisation agency to overrule a US$410 million cash offer by the Bancorp Financial Investment Group Divino ... is in dire need of cash. It is in the throes of trying to restructure its debts and has asked for banks' forbearance over a US$4.75 billion loan and not to exercise certain rights until July 7. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1486361/china-development-bank-playing-hardball-over-rusal-loan-reform
  9. Business - LAI SEE

    Solution found for US chicken and egg problem

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:55am by Howard Winn

    ... no female chief executives running listed companies. However, we overlooked Rose Lee Wai-mun, who has been vice-chairman and chief executive at Hang Seng Bank since May 2012. Indeed her first day ... with the bank's stock-code number. How could we forget such an event? As the Koreans say: "Even the monkey falls out of the tree."   The hand of God? Such is the importance of football ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1550666/solution-found-us-chicken-and-egg-problem
  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Property agents will be watching this one closely

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 12:58am by Howard Winn

    ... International said: "Losing Alibaba was a strategic blunder for Hong Kong and the HK Stock Exchange. "Alibaba is the future of finance, and Hong Kong is left with a bunch of old world banks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555016/property-agents-will-be-watching-one-closely

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