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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Proposed changes to MPF ordinance set to benefit more retirees

    Posted Apr 26th 2014, 05:37am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Elderly may soon be allowed to draw out money in their fund up to four times a year Changes to MPF law to benefit retirees Retirees on the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme may soon be able to withdraw their money in instalments up to four times a year, the MPF Schemes Authority said yesterday, instead of having to take the full amount ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1496979/proposed-changes-mpf-ordinance-set-benefit-more-retirees
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - PENSIONS

    Pension fund scheme heads for shake-up

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 02:27am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... on costs MPF heads for shake-up For those frustrated by the high fees, limited choices and the paperwork of the government-mandated pension plan, relief may be in sight. The main regulator ... a major report on the pension scheme in 2012. "It achieves a political agenda in terms of a low-cost provision [of MPF services]," said Pogson. It's a tactical move... to embarrass ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1450239/pension-fund-scheme-heads-shake
  6. Business - Economy - PENSIONS

    Lobbyists work to change pension rule that has cost workers HK$20b

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 01:26am by Enoch Yiu

    ... to abolish the mechanism, which allows bosses to use their portion of contributions to the MPF to offset the severance or long-service payments due to an employee- up to a maximum of HK$390,000. Government statistics show that between July 2001 and June last year, employers used HK$20.7 billion from MPF contributions to offset severance and long-service payments. "If there is no offset ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1452046/lobbyists-work-change-pension-rule-has-cost-workers-hk20b
  7. Business - Banking & Finance

    Options limited in cutting pension fund charges in Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 02:27am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... in the report, including Britain and Singapore. While fee levels remain under scrutiny, industry representatives say there are limits to what can be done. "The MPF market in Hong Kong is still young ... In one example provided in a Consumer Council report on the MPF, an account accruing HK$2,000 monthly for 30 years, assuming a 5 per cent average gross investment return, would lose HK$220,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1450238/options-limited-cutting-pension-fund-charges-hong-kong
  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    MPF 'scandal' of overcharging deserves scrutiny by SFC

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 01:24am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Overcharging by MPF managers is one of the biggest thefts committed in Hong Kong MPF 'scandal' deserves scrutiny by SFC A price war is looming among Mandatory ... a tiny slice of the MPF market and the waiver is valid for only the next three years. But it still provides an opportunity for putting matters into perspective. The average annual fee charged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426708/mpf-scandal-overcharging-deserves-scrutiny-sfc
  9. News - Hong Kong - RETIREMENT

    MPF no substitute for pensions, says consultant Nelson Chow

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 04:45am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com MPF no substitute for pensions, says consultant Hong Kong's mandatory retirement contribution scheme is no substitute for pensions, says a former advocate of the Mandatory Provident Fund. Nelson Chow Wing-sun, chair professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration, helped the government formulate the fund ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1433788/mpf-no-substitute-pensions-says-consultant-nelson-chow
  10. Business - Companies - FINANCE

    'Zero fees' pledge to spark MPF price war

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 11:42pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... pledge to spark MPF price war A price war is looming among Mandatory Provident Fund providers after Haitong International became the first fund house to waive investment management fees. ... fees for Haitong's 10 MPF investment funds will range from 0.37 per cent to 0.58 per cent for the next three years, down from 0.9 per cent to 1.68 per cent. The market average is 1.71 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1425652/zero-fees-pledge-spark-mpf-price-war

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