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  1. Business - Money - WHITE COLLAR

    Fragmented market's MPF mergers to be big win for workers

    Posted Nov 11th 2014, 05:33am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Fewer players in pension fund market should lead to larger economies of scale and lower fees Fragmented market's MPF mergers to be big win for workers Consolidation ... When you have too many providers and each of their funds have several investment options, there are far too many fund choices for employees. There are a total of 480 MPF investment funds under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1636904/fragmented-markets-mpf-mergers-be-big-win-workers
  2. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    MPF year-end report card looks set to disappoint

    Posted Nov 04th 2014, 05:37am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Pension fund fails to match the Hang Seng Index or keep pace with inflation with a 0.46pc return MPF year-end report card looks set to disappoint The Mandatory ... company Lipper said yesterday. With a return of only 1.21 per cent in the first 10 months of this year, the MPF, which covers 2.4 million employees in the city, is likely to produce a much lower ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1631360/mpf-year-end-report-card-looks-set-disappoint
  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - REGULATION

    Champion Reit eyes easing of MPF investment curbs on trusts

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 01:00pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu property.post@scmp.com Champion Reit eyes easing of MPF investment curbs A leading Hong Kong real estate investment trust (reit) is urging authorities to ease restrictions ... approach," said Lee, who saw the amendment as providing flexibility for trusts to redevelop an ageing property. In contrast, an easing of rules governing MPF investments would prove a more promising ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1620648/champion-reit-eyes-easing-mpf-investment-curbs-trusts
  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Hong Kong students learn some valuable lessons about money

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 05:35pm by Kate Whitehead

    ... stocks," says Lau; she is now considering a career in banking, she adds. We want to reach children when they are young so they will plan early Betty Chan, MPF schemes authority Huen says she finds ... and the Education Bureau, the authority has produced a new storybook on money management for kindergarten students, titled MPF Circus. Educating young students has the added advantage of also reaching out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1645441/hong-kong-students-learn-some-valuable-lessons-about
  5. Business - Companies - DISPOSALS

    AXA sells Hong Kong retirement fund business

    Posted Nov 07th 2014, 04:43pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... to Principal Financial Group for HK$2.6 billion, marking the largest transaction in the sector since the retirement scheme was introduced in the city in 2000. Brokers say more consolidation among MPF ... the deal is completed, US-based Principal would surpass Bank Consortium Trust to be the fifth-largest MPF provider with a market share of about 6.4 per cent, according to research firm Gadbury. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1634310/axa-sells-hong-kong-retirement-fund-business
  6. News - Hong Kong - MPF

    New proposal to allow terminal patients to withdraw MPF funds- only one year before death

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 06:17pm by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shiley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Terminally ill 'should get MPF cash earlier' Dying people should be able to withdraw their Mandatory Provident Fund savings more than 12 months before their projected death, the government has been told. Proposed changes to the MPF ordinance would allow terminally ill people to withdraw their money upon providing medical documents ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1611436/new-proposal-allow-terminal-patients-withdraw-mpf-funds-only-one-year
  7. Business - Money - MPF

    MPF scheme losses top 3pc for last month amid share sell-off

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 04:39pm by Jeanny Yu

    ... month, but fared better than the benchmark Hang Seng Index as the city’s protest movement triggered a stock sell-off. September’s decline posted by the 447 investment funds under the MPF ... The Hang Seng Index plunged 7.31 per cent in September. With the returns on MPF funds far below the growth in inflation, Hong Kong residents have seen their retirement savings shrink. Inflation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/article/1610614/mpf-scheme-losses-top-3pc-last-month-amid-share-sell
  8. Business - Comment - WHITE COLLAR

    MPF core fund should have only one operator

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 09:38am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com This will give the new investment option the scale to enable the cap on fees to be cut further MPF core fund should have onlya single operator ... to be reduced even further from the proposed 0.75 per cent. After all, the push for a low-fee core fund stems from long-standing complaints over the high fees and poor performance at MPF schemes. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1610513/mpf-core-fund-should-have-only-one-operator
  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Hongkongers keen to work longer

    Posted Nov 14th 2014, 04:58am by Phila Siu, Olga Wong

    ... considered it a "low chance". Under the present Mandatory Provident Fund system, people can withdraw their money from the compulsory savings scheme when at the age of 65. Chou said the MPF ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1639147/hongkongers-keen-work-longer
  10. Business - Money - PENSIONS

    Core fund proposal for Hong Kong pension scheme wins wide support

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 03:58am by Enoch Yiu

    ... for employees who do not know how to choose their investment funds in the MPF," Cheng said. "They believe the proposal would help bring MPF fees down and benefit all employees as a whole. ... of this year." The consultation ends tomorrow. Introduced in 2000, the MPF programme has 41 schemes run by 19 providers with a combined HK$500 billion in assets. It has been unpopular due to its high ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1603548/core-fund-proposal-hong-kong-pension-scheme-wins

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