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

    MPF loses money in January with forecasts for tough year ahead

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Average of 2.43pc lost by pension fund as US tapering causes capital outflows, hitting stocks MPF posts losses in January with tough year ahead The city's ... the city's 2.4 million employees, still managed to beat the Hang Seng Index, which fell 5.45 per cent during the month. The 456 investment funds under the MPF had returned 8.09 per cent last year. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1421698/mpf-loses-money-january-forecasts-tough-year-ahead
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Haitong's lower fees a small step in right direction for retirement fund

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 03:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Small step in right direction for MPF Among the many flaws of the Mandatory Provident Fund that critics have pointed out, the one that is the most detrimental to retirement ... Despite repeat complaints from the government, the MPF Schemes Authority and labour groups over many years, most fund fees have stayed unjustifiably high, both in absolute terms and when compared ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1426271/haitongs-lower-fees-small-step-right-direction-retirement
  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    MPF's real swindle is way it is stacked against workers

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 12:33am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Employer-based system, even with fund switch concession, ensures low returns and high fees MPF's real swindle is way it is stacked against workers Speculation ... their retirement savings. Let us lay out the groundwork here as the real scandal is not what it at first seems. The offsetting mechanism in the MPF allows employers to deduct severance payments they may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1409917/mpfs-real-swindle-way-it-stacked-against-workers
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    MPF doesn't work for the little guy

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 11:56pm by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MPF doesn't work for the little guy A fund manager friend calls it the Mandatory Poverty Fund. Most of us call the MPF by its more polite name. But my friend ... benefited were managers in the banking and fund management industry, for which MPF fees and charges have been a bonanza. And while I admit bosses don't like having to contribute their shares ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1407966/mpf-doesnt-work-little-guy
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Bosses must stop dipping into workers' retirement funds

    Posted Jan 25th 2014, 04:10am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Sticky fingers eat into MPF pie Everyone knows about the Mandatory Provident Fund's shortcomings, yet no one seems to have a clear idea how to reform it. Among its most ... bosses could deduct from MPF accounts to make such payments. Executive Council member Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun has defended Leung, saying the government is now looking into the issue. It is deeply ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1412912/bosses-must-stop-dipping-workers-retirement-funds
  10. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Interest grows in MPF yuan funds

    Posted Nov 18th 2013, 03:04pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com HK employees expect the rally in the mainland currency to boost returns from the funds but regulations likely to curb their performance Interest grows in MPF yuan funds Yuan-based MPF funds are catching on among Hongkongers even as they underperform other categories. Investors are optimistic the currency will continue to appreciate, lifting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1359329/interest-grows-mpf-yuan-funds

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