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  1. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    Close your eyes to the Adam Cheng effect at your peril

    Posted Apr 08th 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Superstition plays a special role in Hong Kong investing. All it takes to anticipate stock market swings is to know what others believe is true Close your eyes to the Adam ... with a series that coincided with the Asian financial crisis, and then again in 2000, when the hi-tech stock bubble burst. So stock market wags are wondering whether the new series will have the same ...

  2. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    The Week Explained: Media reporting

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... with stock market updates. Sadly for the good folk at Breathless Television Business News, markets spend most of their time moving up and down at a steady pace. The presenters try to sex it up with dynamic adjectives such as "stocks surged" or "stocks plummeted", followed by a big sounding number, such as, "the Hang Seng surged by over 200 points today". ...

  3. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    The Week Explained: Lessons learned from 2012

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... investments, especially at times when shares fall into disfavour. At the beginning of the year, stock markets were uncertain and bonds were all the rage. Instead of taking sufficient advantage of market weakness, I was overly cautious- but thankfully not entirely so. In Hong Kong, the average price of stocks has climbed more than 20 per cent this year, making it one of the best performers ...

  4. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    Insider trading is alive and well- it's just got slicker

    Posted Apr 15th 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... of making false statements about the stocks they own, as Apple Daily financial commentator Sky Cheung Shi-gaii has discovered. At the beginning of last week, Cheung became the first columnist ... it is the world's worst-kept secret that the finance industry is a very gossipy place. It was even more so when shares were physically traded on stock exchange floors and the dealers were in close physical ...

  5. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    New Year objectives

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... objective is to preserve and increase a stock of wealth. Along the way there will be any number of diversions such as schooling to be financed, a home to be purchased and so on. ... regard equities as "risky" and say they do not understand stock markets. In this case they should not dabble in this field and will most likely concentrate on various forms of bank ...

  6. Business - Comment - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    History shows intervening in currency crises is not the only solution

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Markets have been coping with euro zone contagion for years. Cyprus kicks off another round, but investors should keep their heads History teaches us to keep calm and keep investing Early last week the value of the euro tumbled in response to the financial turmoil in tiny Cyprus, which triggered worldwide stock market plunges. Here was another example of financial ...

  7. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    The Week Explained: Low interest rates

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... on most "safe" investments. Another option is high-yielding stocks, a subject discussed in this space previously. The argument made then remains today, namely that blue-chip stocks ... are understandably concerned about adding a currency risk to their equity investments. Therefore, investing in high-yield Hong Kong stocks- such as the two Bank of China counters, Hang Seng Bank and Sinopec- ...

  8. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    Conflict of interest: shareholders versus staff

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... for the creation of a special category of high yielding stock for shareholders. Greenlight has dropped the lawsuit but the avid discussion over Apple's cash pile remains. Tim Cook, Apple's chief ...

  9. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    The Week Explained: Space for car park investment

    Posted Dec 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... are on the up. He was talking about stocks but his strictures apply equally to property. "I'm going to buy hamburgers for the rest of my life", he declared. "When hamburgers go down ... stocks." Property is even more like hamburgers than stocks because people are going to need a place to live, an office for their companies, a retail space for their shops and, yes, a place to park ...

  10. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    The Week Explained: Investing in old age

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... in the stock market where an actively traded portfolio of blue chips and opportunistic buys of more risky stocks can be combined with the relatively safe option of investment in tracker funds. Elderly ...



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