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  1. Good performers find long-term niche amid volatility

    Posted Jun 23rd 2009, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... John Cremer The active promotion of theme funds may have fallen away since the height of the bull market, but relative performance and actual returns show that they still offer some ... Before giving the green light, they also weigh up the size of the 'investable universe', and take full account of marketing feedback and the views of close clients. Possible investments ...

  2. Winners focus on practical, sound advice

    Posted Nov 07th 2009, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... John Cremer The winners of the SCMP/IFPHK Financial Planner Awards 2009 were crowned last night at a gala dinner at the Sheraton Hotel attended by many of the leading lights ... including income, expenses, assets and liabilities. And in the presentation, I explained why my main advice was to sell her existing flat at Taikoo Shing and move to a similar sized but cheaper one ...

  3. Dreams of early retirement begin to fade

    Posted Oct 24th 2009, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... Written by John Cremer Everyone is still entitled to dreams of early retirement, but the wake-up call of the recession has forced many to recognise the widening distance between dreams ... also show that, in the latter stages of their careers, such people are more likely to be working for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) rather than for blue chips or multinationals. ...

  4. Investors target lucrative mainland deals

    Posted Apr 25th 2008, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... It's business as usual for buyers who look set to pour money into the financial services and telecoms sectors, writes John Cremer Financiers from New York to Zurich may still ... and trade investors will continue to be active this year.' He indicated that a pattern, well established for overseas-backed investments, would continue. The average size of deals would ...

  5. Research key to 'bottom-up' approach

    Posted Oct 14th 2007, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... Global investment management firm does its homework to ensure clients are offered the right stock picks, writes John Cremer Some fund managers start with the big picture. They 'like ... of potential returns by stating that for the three years to August 2007 the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, consisting mainly of large and mid-sized companies, was up 164 per cent. Over the same period, ...

  6. Investment scheme runs its course

    Posted Sep 21st 2007, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... Industry players agree that measures taken to curb speculation have become outdated as demand picks up. Reports by John Cremer When the Macau government published a bylaw in April ... reasonable levels', with small and medium-sized units falling within a price range of between HK$1,000 and HK$2,000 per sqft. In view of the enclave's strong economic foundations ...

  7. Art of the portfolio

    Posted Mar 27th 2007, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... or three years. He is also wary about companies that have grown complacent about their size. 'If a bank enjoys a position as number one in its market and maintaining the business, I don't ...

  8. Big profits spark recruitment drive

    Posted Mar 07th 2008, 12:00am by John Williams

    ... Despite global economic concerns, Standard Chartered plans to open new branches and hire 600 employees. Reports by John Williams Standard Chartered Bank, which recently reported strong ... to medium-sized enterprise) banking, the lender requires assistant relationship managers, investment sales consultants and sales consultants. Leading the bank's push for top frontline sales ...

  9. Providers tackling investor apathy

    Posted Dec 13th 2010, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... In a city where people pride themselves on their financial sense, it is a puzzle why so many still take such a detached attitude towards their MPF investments. That they do became clear in a survey conducted this year for HSBC Insurance, which found that ...

  10. Contestants aim for the top

    Posted Nov 07th 2009, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... John Cremer Most contestants are hoping for two things when they enter the SCMP/IFPHK Financial Planner Awards. One is to test and improve their professional skills by competing against the best in the industry. The other is that success will give them a higher profile and open up new opportunities. Insurance sector winner Jackson Lai Lap-fai, senior business development executive ...




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