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  1. News - Hong Kong - PENSION SCHEME

    Business sector gives resounding 'no' to MPF offsetting clause

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 10:06am by Tanna Chong, Jeffie Lam and Tony Cheung

    ... promise 'No deal' on ending loophole in MPF Despite unionists’ possible concessions on the timing of their demand to see the Mandatory Provident Fund’s “offsetting” mechanism ditched, ... allows employers to offset severance payouts and long-service pay with their contributions to the employees’ MPF accounts – from the policy address last month. But the employers remained ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1425107/business-sector-gives-resounding-no-mpf-offsetting-clause
  2. Lagging behind

    Posted Jul 12th 2010, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... Chris Davis Education and planning are two of the fundamental principles MPF contributors need to recognise in setting investment goals as an effective part of their retirement strategy. Surveys conducted by various groups, including MPF scheme providers, consistently reveal that Hong Kong's working population significantly lags behind other mature markets in terms ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/719448/lagging-behind
  3. Business

    Winners come up with practical solutions for clients

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:33am by John Cremer

    ... is realistic and forward-looking. "For instance, in the first round case study, I recommended that my client use a cost-effective investment vehicle, such as the MPF, which is relatively ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1584069/winners-come-practical-solutions-clients
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Fixing the MPF

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 12:00am by Chua Hoi-Wai

    ... Chua Hoi-Wai Chua Hoi-wai says the high fees of the MPF service providers must be cut, and there are plenty of ways to make that happen. But will the government take the bold steps ... funds, the establishment of a default low-fee fund and a non-profit or low-profit operator. The study, as with a similar report by the Consumer Council, found that different MPF service providers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1134543/fixing-mpf
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    First, let's provide for the elderly poor in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 03:43am by Philip Bowring

    ... to be addressed. They are linked but have very different time scales. One is elderly poverty. The other is a scheme to provide for the future that meshes with the MPF. The most urgent is to address ... retirement, because they are the ones who built most of the surpluses. For the future, there should be a gradually increasing reliance on the MPF- except that its still-high costs make it a poor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1579301/first-lets-provide-elderly-poor-hong-kong
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    Lam convinced Leung to shelve plan to scrap MPF 'offsetting' mechanism: source

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 03:23am by Tanna Chong, Jeffie Lam and Gary Cheung

    ... offset severance and long-service payments to employees against their contributions to an employee's MPF. Labour minister Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said last week that the offsetting mechanism was included in a deal with employers, agreed to by employee representatives, to secure business leaders' agreement to establishing the MPF in 2003. Treasury minister Professor Chan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1411402/lam-convinced-leung-shelve-plan-scrap-mpf-offsetting-mechanism-source
  7. Business - Money - PENSIONS

    Market sell-down leaves MPF funds in the red

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Pension scheme slips 0.87 per cent in May as stocks in Japan and emerging economies drop Market sell-down leaves MPF funds in the red The Mandatory Provident ... reported an average month-on-month loss of 0.87 per cent after a gain of 1.9 per cent in April, according to data provider Lipper. For the first five months of the year, the MPF recorded an average ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1253640/market-sell-down-leaves-mpf-funds-red
  8. Business - Money - POINT OF LAW

    Employee choice changes the face of Hong Kong's MPF

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 12:00am by CYNTHIA CHUNG

    ... Cynthia Chung Cynthia Chung, a partner at Deacons, discusses implications of changes to the pension scheme Employee choice changes the face of Hong Kong's MPF The long-awaited employee-choice arrangement (ECA) for Hong Kong's mandatory provident funds took effect on November 1, 2012. What happened to MPF contributions before the ECA? Since the implementation of the MPF ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1076408/employee-choice-changes-face-hong-kongs-mpf
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    No plans to scrap MPF 'offsetting' mechanism, says Leung Chun-ying

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 12:52pm by Tony Cheung and Jennifer Ngo

    ... Tony Cheung and Jennifer Ngo Chief Executive still weighing up action on employers' use of retirement fund for severance No plans to scrap controversial MPF 'offsetting' ... MPF, the city's compulsory retirement account. Speaking separately, labour minister Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said that when the MPF was established in 2003, a deal was made with employers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1407582/no-plans-scrap-mpf-offsetting-mechanism-says-leung-chun-ying
  10. News - Hong Kong - RETIREMENT

    Bosses 'using workers' MPF accounts like piggy banks', say unionists

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 04:02am by Ernest Kao

    ... bosses use MPF like a piggy bank Unionists say bosses are treating workers' compulsory retirement savings accounts like a "piggy bank" by dipping into them to fund severance ... is unfair and is ruining the image of and trust in the [MPF] system," said Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Tang Ka-piu. "Our concern is that if [the administration] cannot suggest any ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1398515/bosses-using-workers-mpf-accounts-piggy-banks-say-unionists

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