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  1. Investors, beware the false lure of bricks and mortar

    Posted Nov 15th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Only one investment class imposes liabilities on its owners ranging from plumbing problems to storm damage repairs and a host of other maintenance responsibilities. Moreover, ... lacking, as it is the biggest investment people are ever likely to make. Stephen Vines is a journalist and entrepreneur ...

  2. What weasel words of investment truly mean

    Posted Oct 18th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines The investment world is full of weasel words designed to mislead investors, or maybe just accentuate the positive. This produces confusion, which hopefully will be diluted by this guide to some of the most common misnomers employed out there. Amortisation It is found in company accounts and, strictly speaking, means a method of depreciating a proportion of the cost ...

  3. Investors can count on low cost, reliability

    Posted Jul 19th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines The reasons mutual fund managers dislike exchange-traded funds are the very reasons many private investors are embracing them. Let's cut to the chase: mutual fund ... for keeping well away from mutual funds and opting for low-cost and reliable investments in ETFs. Stephen Vines is author of Market Panic: Wild Gyrations, Risk and Opportunities in Stock Markets ...

  4. Options for short-term plays to tempt the still willing punter

    Posted Jul 12th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Although the case for investing in gold is weak, there are always tactical reasons for having a punt, possibly in times like these, when investing in equity markets remains highly volatile without firm direction and the alternatives offer insubstantial returns. So, what is the best way of making a gold investment? Most personal investors will be daunted by the cost ...

  5. MPF bureaucrats fiddle while money burns

    Posted Feb 27th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Sometimes, Hong Kong bureaucrats manifest a kind of genius; unfortunately it is an evil genius which might be better described as an uncanny ability to deceive. This evil ... hope of escape. While their hard-earned cash evaporates, the genius of the bureaucrats is being devoted to finding a new name to disguise their failure. A new updated edition of Stephen ...

  6. A bitter lesson in investor responsibility

    Posted Oct 11th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines The following is almost certain not to be a crowd pleaser, indeed it might be considered heartless. Yet some things need to be said, however unpopular they may be. The stark ... to nowhere that will end up in Zhuhai. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  7. Regular savings help to cushion loss in lean spell

    Posted Sep 07th 2003, 12:00am by Stephen Seawright

    ... Looking at the performance of funds on these pages can be depressing reading, given the stock-market slump over the past few years. Scanning down the three-year performance figures of equity investment funds in the Sunday Morning Post, most funds have put ...

  8. Diversity remains crucial despite rebound in shares

    Posted Aug 31st 2003, 12:00am by Stephen Seawright

    ... Although hopes of a global recovery are rising, many investors are still taking a cautious approach amid an uncertain economic outlook and fears the bear market of the past three years will continue. Local fund managers and advisers say investors have inc ...

  9. Raising hopes and questions

    Posted Jul 20th 2003, 12:00am by Stephen Seawright

    ... chief executive Stephen Gollop also sounded a warning about technology funds. He believes recent stock market rallies will falter as there is no data to suggest an economic turnaround. ...

  10. No ordinary investment

    Posted Jul 13th 2003, 12:00am by Stephen Seawright

    ... Buyers are broadening their portfolios by pursuing hobbies as cash generators, but be warned, no matter how far up the food chain, over-exposure can be dangerous Alternative investment opportunities are becoming more readily available for buyers looking f ...




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