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  1. Asia Financial hard hit by disasters, investments

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... May Chan may.chan@scmp.com Asia Financial plunged into the red last year following heavy insurance payouts to natural disaster victims and an investment loss caused by the downturn ... million in 2010. The insurance sector made a loss of HK$57.6 million. Natural disasters in Asia and Australia, including the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, and flooding in Australia ...

  2. Poor need greater financial protection from disasters

    Posted Dec 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Bernard Chan It seems the number of natural disasters is rising. Names like Katrina and Nargis, events like the Asian tsunami of 2004, the fires and flooding in Queensland ... to disasters. A small number of major earthquakes account for most of the deaths from natural disasters. The regions they affect- hilly regions in Pakistan or China, or coastal areas in Japan ...

  3. Disaster costs force review

    Posted Jul 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... however, just one of many natural disasters which caused about US$210 billion in damage in different parts of the world last year. One result of these catastrophes and their cost to the community ... not provide a complete view of the true underlying risk. The recent history of natural disasters, including the random nature of terrorist attacks, had shown the industry's exposure to unforeseen ...

  4. Bonds bountiful in provident fund

    Posted Sep 18th 2010, 12:00am by Wilson Lau

    ... Wilson Lau Bonds have been the best performers in the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) this year, yielding an average 4.4 per cent return as of the end of last month. 'This is a year for bonds,' says Lau Ka-shi, CEO and managing director of Bank C ...

  5. Beijing signals further curbs on capital inflows

    Posted Jan 18th 2010, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang Top Chinese officials have pledged to rein in excessive inbound capital and crack down on illegal fund inflows, signalling that further monetary tightening is on the cards. The first warning came at the weekend from Guan Tao, the head of the ...

  6. 26.7b yuan in embezzled public funds recovered

    Posted Jun 25th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing The mainland's top auditor said his office last year recovered 26.77 billion yuan (HK$30.39 billion) of embezzled public funds. Auditor General Liu Jiayi said that funds embezzled from public finances revealed in last year' ...

  7. Speculators affect volatility, not direction

    Posted Jul 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland As commodity prices soared in the first half of the year, debate raged as to whether fundamental supply-and-demand factors were driving the run-up, or whether financial speculators were to blame. Some had no doubt. Opec blamed speculators for ...

  8. Tax overhaul marks significant breakthrough

    Posted Apr 24th 2009, 12:00am by Kate Watson

    ... the Sichuan earthquake, the central government allowed 51 earthquake disaster counties and cities to recover VAT on fixed assets. According to Jean Li, tax partner, KPMG China, based in Beijing, ...

  9. Hedge funds could see redemptions of US$17b

    Posted Feb 16th 2009, 12:00am by Naomi Rovnick

    ... Naomi Rovnick Local hedge funds may be asked to return up to 50 per cent of their assets under management- or about US$17 billion- to disappointed investors who are withdrawing money out of the funds following their atrocious performance. Hedge funds inve ...

  10. Rice futures trading to be launched soon to regulate prices

    Posted Feb 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai Beijing would launch rice futures contracts on the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange as early as this month to better regulate the price of Asia's major grain, the China Securities Journal reported yesterday. The exchange has comple ...




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