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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A new chapter for the Hang Seng Index

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:27am by SCMP Editorial

    .... This will consolidate Hong Kong's status as an international market. It will also lead to a range of new Hang Seng indices, which may include one to track price differences between stocks listed in both the city's H-share market and on the A-share board in Shanghai. It is already boosting stock exchange turnover in Hong Kong as investors position themselves for direct cross trading, and opening ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Shinzo Abe's three arrows are looking badly blunted

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 04:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... office 20 months ago with a pledge to end a long period of stagnation. They include a return to inflation after two decades of crippling off-and-on deflation, improved business profits, a stock market rally and signs of a turnaround in economic sentiment. But alarming second-quarter economic growth data has raised serious doubts. A 6.8 per cent annualised contraction in GDP has erased ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Caution about Hong Kong's economic outlook is warranted

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Economic cautionis warranted The stock market has been on a roll, buoyed by positive sentiment over the launch in October of two-way share trading between Hong Kong ... stressed that the "through train" has risks and the economy could come under pressure, particularly the property market, should the US raise interest rates. Share prices have been lifted ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Let the free market determine flow of tourists

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 03:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Let the market guide tourism Tourism from the mainland has become such a sensitive issue in Hong Kong that the merest hint of government intervention to curb growing numbers ... down suggestions that cutting the influx by 20 per cent was on the cards. That was enough to jolt property and retail stocks, alarming shareholders and those employed in the sectors. Bosses, ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing could do worse than follow Hong Kong's market rules

    Posted May 28th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial HK market rules show way ahead If Beijing looks to the private sector to perform more of the heavy lifting in growing China's economy, it can do without uncertainty ... shares in new listings on Hong Kong and overseas stock exchanges, investors rely on audits by international firms for assurances that the books are clean. Under the proposed new auditing rules, ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Modi must seek engagement

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 02:46am by SCMP Editorial

    ... there is a recognition that hostility with China and Pakistan will harm markets and, consequently, growth. Ending decades of mistrust through strengthening trade and investment with neighbours, while resolving ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Fairer deal needed for retail investors in IPOs

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:17am by SCMP Editorial

    ... investors is the six-month lock-up period for publicly traded stocks, which leaves the market thin on liquidity and open to manipulation, and then vulnerable to volatility after the stocks ... are increasingly squeezed out of lucrative offers. Cornerstone investors do have their place in the market for initial public Offerings. Everyone wants to see deals launch smoothly and investment banks ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    India takes a sensible first step towards economic reform

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:59am by SCMP Editorial

    ... earlier this month was therefore greeted by stock markets with a dive before the contents were properly digested, whereupon they rebounded. Aspirations have to be realistic; it will take years, ... to be higher to drag hundreds of millions from poverty. Yet with millions of new school graduates joining the job market each year and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor, reforms must be about ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Answer the call on telemarketing

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... have opted into a do-not-call register, suggesting there is widespread disapproval of unwanted marketing and promotion. A worsening trend has prompted the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Economic model in Xinjiang must be modified

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 02:46am by SCMP Editorial

    ... expanding from police stations and military outposts to civilians, as at a market and the railway station in Urumqi in May. Worryingly, other parts of the country have also been hit, with a car ...




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