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  1. Stocks surge as council relaxes market controls

    Posted Feb 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... business will also be drafted. A big boost for the market is the cabinet's endorsement of direct investment of insurance premiums in equities. At present, insurers are allowed to buy stocks only through fund managers. National and corporate pension funds as well as commercial insurers will also have stock market investment ceilings raised. The government, long averse to financial ...

  2. HKEx to issue consultation paper on stock-spread cut

    Posted Jun 18th 2004, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing is set to issue a consultation paper within one month on plans to reduce the trading spread of stocks, according to chief executive Paul Chow ... reducing the spread of stocks trading at more than $30. Depending on the results of the move, the exchange might cut the spread for stocks trading at more than 25 cents. The proposal came after ...

  3. Stock-market columns

    Posted Apr 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Securities and Futures Commission wants stock-market analysts who double as media columnists in Hong Kong to reveal their identities. What do you think of this move? Share your views: write to us. ...

  4. Taipei markets calmer, HK stocks up

    Posted Mar 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Taiwan's stock market showed signs of stabilising yesterday after Monday's sell-off, while shares rose slightly in Hong Kong. Analysts predicted the Taiwan market would remain volatile until the presidential election debacle was resolved. Bargain hunters- B1 ...

  5. Stock market reforms only a small step

    Posted Mar 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The stock market reforms announced last week represent a small improvement on the status quo- but only a small step. They fall far short of what is needed to clear up the regulatory muddle keeping the markets from functioning as well as they might. A year ago, a panel of outside experts recommended moving the frontline regulation and vetting of listed companies from the stock ...

  6. Stock market rocked by turmoil

    Posted Mar 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Taiwan's stocks plunged yesterday in response to the weekend's election drama and the uncertainty created by a challenge to the results by defeated candidate Lien Chan. Chen Shui-bian's narrow victory triggered a 6.7 per cent fall in the market. Full report - B1 ...

  7. Stock markets open to pension plans

    Posted Apr 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... stocks as the government moves to channel more funds into capital-market expansion. As domestic and foreign institutions vie for a share of the supplementary pension market, a rule coming ... packages. Although estimates of the market's size have varied greatly, mainland reports frequently quote annual growth projections of 100 billion yuan over the next few years. The plans ...

  8. Property stocks lead market rally

    Posted Feb 07th 2004, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Anette Jonsson and Peggy Sito Buying sentiment is lifted by upbeat statements from developers and strong property sales, especially luxury homes The Hong Kong share market saw its strongest gains in almost three weeks yesterday, led by a sharp rebound in property stocks. Bullish statements by developers and tales of instant profits reaped by speculators swirled through ...

  9. Bulls lead the charge when it comes to taking stock of the market

    Posted Sep 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Kenneth Ko

    ... Kenneth Ko STOCK PRICES HAVE been on the bull run in Saudi Arabia, reflecting the ongoing strength of the economy and business growth. The Saudi stock market continued its rally ... consecutive bull market for Saudi stock prices. The market rose 43 per cent in 1999, 11.3 per cent in 2000, 7.6 per cent in 2001 and 3.6 per cent in 2002. According to Saudi American Bank (Samba), all ...

  10. MPF badly hit by stock and bond market losses

    Posted Jul 15th 2004, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Heavy stock and bond market losses have taken their toll on employees' pension investments, with the Mandatory Provident Fund recording a flat 0.04 per cent return ... return recorded for all of last year. Fund managers attributed the poor performance to heavy losses in the stock and bond markets in the second quarter, which wiped out the MPF's gains ...




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