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

    MPFA proposes fee cap on pension funds

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 02:37am by Enoch Yiu

    ... an average of 1.69 per cent. There are 600,000 employees with a pension pool of HK$60 billion who do not select the funds in their MPF pension scheme. "The initiative is aimed at addressing two ... announced a three-month consultation on the plan. The proposal comes in response to criticisms against the high fees and poor performance of the MPF, which was introduced in 2000. The 41 schemes run ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1539915/mpfa-proposes-fee-cap-pension-funds
  7. Business - Money - PENSION FUNDS

    Global economic recovery points to year-end MPF gains, say analysts

    Posted May 06th 2014, 12:42am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... employee retirement scheme fell on average 0.1 per cent, in virtual lockstep with the Hang Seng Index, which dropped 0.14 per cent. Year to date, MPF funds on average shed 1.01 per cent, compared ... securities and fixed assets. The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, which oversees the MPF, is holding a consultation to consider ways to upgrade the MPF's operation. One idea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1505359/global-economic-recovery-points-year-end-mpf-gains
  8. Business - Money - PENSIONS

    Making a case for Hong Kong's pension fund

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 01:03am by Cathy Holcombe

    ... Cathy Holcombe Foibles of Greenspan's homo economicus play out with need for enforced retirement savings The dumbed-down case for MPF: we're not that smart Shareholder activist David Webb wrote an excellently funny piece on the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) recently, mocking the government leaflet which announces increased contributions to the compulsory retirement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/article/1502003/making-case-hong-kongs-pension-fund
  9. Business - Money - MARKETS

    MPF reports average loss as analysts forecast more of the same

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 01:14am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Funds reported an average loss of 0.66pc in March, with analysts forecasting more of the same as stock market volatility continues MPF loss turns up heat ... quarter. "Looking ahead, the stock markets would continue to be volatile and we could not put high hopes on MPF returns," Tong said. The high fee, low returns of the MPF have led many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1464202/pension-fund-losses-may-turn-heat-reform-hong-kong
  10. Business - Banking & Finance

    Employers fight move to abolish MPF offset provision

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 02:27am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Employers fight move to abolish MPF offset Employers are lobbying forcefully against the call by some lawmakers to abolish the offset provision ... 2017 to abolish the offset to improve retirement protection for workers. "The MPF is meant for retirement protection of the 2.4 million employees covered by the scheme. The offset system ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1450240/employers-fight-move-abolish-mpf-offset-provision

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