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  1. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Princelings and patronage pose barriers to cleaner IPOs

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 01:48am by Shirley Yam

    ... into the affairs of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the mainland's top securities regulator. Thousands of jubilant investors expressed their approval on online trading forums. "At ... which ranges from a few millions to tens of millions of yuan, depending on the difficulty or urgency of the public offering. To begin with, one has to hire the right "public relations ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Silence over China Resources Power scandal shows directors in bad light

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 01:04am by Shirley Yam

    ... of wrongdoings involving billions of yuan worth of deals by the company in 2012. To that, the company said its directors "have made in-depth analysis of the causes of such issues and have formulated ... to award 11.7 billion yuan (HK$14.6 billion) worth of construction, material supplies and service contracts by open tender. Instead, the 586 contracts were outsourced through bidding by invitation ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Let's hope Hong Kong reputation finds a seat as through train sets off

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 12:56am by Shirley Yam

    ... Shirley Yam Amid hype for cross-trading system, ponder how city's regulators will fare when chasing the crooks who hitch a ride on our global standing Let's hope HK reputation ... Kong and Shanghai are allowed to trade in each other's market. Yet everything comes with a price. After contributing money and know-how to the country's economic reform over the past ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    ICBC a laughing stock after inept effort to cook up orders

    Posted May 24th 2014, 01:09am by Shirley Yam

    ... on Powerlong's management and controlling shareholders. (According to the pros, you should never use friends and family members, who normally don't have a long enough trading record, to be professional and independent investors. Professional nominees are normally lined up more than a month before the IPO, providing not only a long trading record but also numerous offshore companies ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Yuan anti-speculation drive brings ill wind from the north

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 01:04am by Shirley Yam

    ... Shirley Yam Currency's weakening trend poses threat to mainland companies expecting windfalls from their huge bets on it appreciating Yuan anti-speculation drive brings ill wind from the north As the yuan enters its sixth week of decline, financial officers at many mainland corporations are sweating. So should their shareholders. Among them would be China Chengtong Development, ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Tightly controlled scheme may see more than just a slow start

    Posted May 10th 2014, 12:43am by Shirley Yam

    ... looks increasingly likely after the local bourse recently revealed more details about the through train investment scheme. Stock trading is all about risk and reward. Yet, under the tightly controlled scheme, a mainland investor trading a Hong Kong stock will have no idea of those factors until the very end. The question is … why bother if you can open a stock account in Hong Kong while ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Beijing's 'take it or leave it' attitude on Hong Kong autonomy a far cry from 2003

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:19am by Shirley Yam

    ... was licking its wounds from the penny stock crisis, when a proposal to delist stocks trading below 50 HK cents led to a panic sale and public apology by a minister. The government was eager to replace ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Ma's fancy footwork puts him on a winner with football play

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 01:05am by Shirley Yam

    ... footwork puts him on a winner with football play What was Jack Ma Yun thinking when he spent 1.2 billion yuan (HK$1.48 billion) on Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club? There's been a wide range ... stability and security concerns and some depositors complained that tens of thousands of yuan had disappeared from their Yu E Bao accounts. Most new businesses would have long gone under, ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Citic Pacific's acquisition of Citic Group is merely state sleight of hand

    Posted May 17th 2014, 01:56am by Shirley Yam

    ... Citic Bank, which forms a significant chunk of Citic Group, is trading below its book value. Who will pay at book value for an IPO of Citic Group? An asset injection into Citic Pacific ... the asset injection as a lifeboat. However, given its leverage, Citic Pacific cannot possibly pay with cash. It has to be a share plus cash payment. The problem is Citic Pacific was trading lower. ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Trust product sounds great, so long as you don't ask questions

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 01:50am by Shirley Yam

    ... as you don't ask questions Yuan accounts with mainland banks that bear high interest rates are increasingly popular in Hong Kong. So are the pitches of various investment proposals e-mailed ... to find a trust scheme that promised a fixed annual return of 9 per cent to 11 per cent over two years. It was looking for a total investment of 1.2 billion yuan (HK$1.5 billion). The scheme ...




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