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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Business - Money

    AXA in talks to sell Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund unit

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 06:19am by Bloomberg

    ... it was the largest foreign property and casualty insurer in Asia outside of Japan and Australia. Manulife, the second-largest manager of MPF funds in Hong Kong, and Sun Life gained share at the expense of smaller providers in the first quarter of this year, according to Gadbury. FIL, known as Fidelity Worldwide Investment, oversaw US$290 billion at the end of June. The MPF and other retirement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1590512/axa-talks-sell-hong-kong-mandatory-provident-fund
  7. Business - Economy - FUNDS

    MPF disappoints with 0.63pc return

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 04:52pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com August return of 0.63pc adds pressure for the government to reform unpopular pension plan MPF's Asian exposure proves a drag on returns The Mandatory ... scheme. The monthly return for the 447 investment funds under the MPF last month was far below the 3.11 per cent gain recorded during the past three months and the 3.98 per cent average gain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1583733/mpf-disappoints-063pc-return
  8. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    MPF reports disappointing returns in contrast to strong rally of Hang Seng Index

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 04:52pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com MPF loses out to stock market with 1.3pc return The Mandatory Provident Fund reported a return of 1.3 per cent for last month, a dismal performance compared with the Hang Seng Index and given the rising inflation in the city. Last month's returns by the 447 investment funds under the MPF also happened to be lower than the 4.57 per cent average ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1566988/mpf-reports-disappointing-returns-contrast-strong
  9. Business - Money

    Hong Kong pension regulator unveils cost-cutting plan following criticism

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:55am by Enoch Yiu

    ... expensive office space in places like the International Commerce Centre. Meanwhile, MPF provider Principal Trust Company (Asia) yesterday reduced the fees of its Hong Kong equity fund to 1.35 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1550640/hong-kong-pension-regulator-unveils-cost-cutting
  10. Business - Comment - WHITE COLLAR

    MPF employees should wake up and choose their funds

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Around 600,000 in Hong Kong have yet to make a decision on where to invest their MPF money Employees should wake up and choose their funds Hong Kong's pension regulator has finally come out with its proposal for a cap on management fees on core funds to serve employees who have not chosen what do with their MPF contributions. While some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1543899/mpf-employees-should-wake-and-choose-their-funds

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