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  1. Global stocks rally boosts pension funds

    Posted Jul 09th 2003, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Strong stock market performances worldwide helped Hong Kong's 300 or so pension funds achieve an average return of 10.4 per cent in the second quarter - the best quarterly result ... for the retirement-fund market. 'Retirement funds have recorded three years of negative returns as markets suffered after the global sell-off in equities,' he said. Stock markets benefited from improved ...

  2. Spooked markets erase pension gains

    Posted Jun 04th 2004, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Most Hong Kong pension funds have seen their modest first-quarter gains wiped out over the past two months, with fund managers blaming poor stock and bond markets ... not celebrate too soon- as their March flowers had been flooded by showers in the past two months. Global stock markets have been spooked by strong United States economic data and the attendant prospect ...

  3. Pension consultant has his eye on China market

    Posted Jul 24th 2003, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... to the global stock market downturn. However, we have seen the market bounce back recently to provide a return of about 9 per cent in the first half of this year. Q. What are Watson Wyatt's ... while local stock markets are very volatile. Government bonds and bank deposits only offer very low returns. Q. How can China solve its pension problems? A. Some state-owned enterprises have ...

  4. MPF may win some fans but choice is still the answer

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... should take over this aspect at no cost to the employees and leave the investment side and the fees to the free market.' This review of the MPF rings several bells for me. To start with, ... a different view of things at the bottom of the market in 2003. It just won't do. Whether these people are being skinned because their employers pick the service providers, as I have argued, ...

  5. Workers take increased pension risk

    Posted Nov 10th 2003, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu A strong rebound in the stock market is inspiring a more aggressive approach An increasing number of employees are taking an aggressive approach to their pension fund portfolios as the stock market rebounds. According to figures from the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA), two million employees are putting more of their pension contribution into stock ...

  6. More MPF providers weigh cuts in fees

    Posted Sep 08th 2007, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... in balanced funds, which invest in a combination of stocks and bonds, 24 per cent were in stock funds, 10 per cent in guaranteed funds, and the other 2 per cent in bond and money market funds. Ms Lau said: 'The cut in fees for CPFs should only be a first step. The majority of employees will not benefit unless the fees for stock market funds and balanced funds are also reduced.' ...

  7. MPF investments pay off for first time since launch

    Posted Jan 17th 2004, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu A strong stock market gave a boost to employees' pension investments with an average return of 19.21 per cent last year, marking the first profitable year since the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) was introduced in 2000. Pension providers said the impressive performance of the retirement scheme was mainly the result of strong stock markets, while the good ...

  8. China streamlines voluntary pension scheme

    Posted Apr 06th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... private pension money into the domestic stock market over the long term. Since 1992, China has experimented with voluntary corporate pension schemes, known as enterprise annuities, as a supplement ... Although earlier regulations neither explicitly allowed nor banned stock investment, much of the money had been active in the stock market, Mr Zhang said. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security ...

  9. Hang Seng Bank staff to enjoy pay rise of up to 12pc

    Posted Jan 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... job market. It is sensible for banks to increase salaries to keep staff.' Mr Yu said banks should also improve the working environment. Last October the Employers' Federation of Hong ...

  10. Labour pains

    Posted Mar 15th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... not less than the average market rate, updated by the Census and Statistics Department every quarter. Put forward as a tentative policy, the wage protection movement is seen as the government's attempt to placate unionists' calls for legislation, and employers' claims that free-market policies should be maintained. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen promised ...




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