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The way ahead is asset spread

Marc Faber calls art an asset, but thinks it can go out of fashion and drop in value, in much the same way as cash does. Photos: Jonathan Wong

Sell Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia to invest in China, finance guru Marc Faber tells Martin Merz.

Monday, 19 November, 2012, 1:27am

Blue blood banks

Blue blood banks

Jasper Moiseiwitsch offers a guide to private banking in Hong Kong.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Squeezed funds shy away from green investments

Stuart Leckie, chairman of Hong Kong-based pension fund consultancy Stirling Finance. Photo: Edward Wong

Institutional investors are under pressure to maximise returns amid "ultra-low" interest rates, and are unlikely to invest in projects that mitigate climate change unless forced to do so by governments, according to a veteran fund manager.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:45am

Now is the right time to step into the share market

Time to take a bullish view on mainland stocks while other investors wait on the sidelines for the opportunity to arise. Photo: AFP

Most investment topics are fairly mundane affairs that might only cause eyebrows to furrow, as in "I wonder if I could make any money investing in Vietnam" or "How can I put some more money to work in emerging markets?" or "I wonder how the US market will do this year". But not the mainland.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:17am 1 comment

Special zone seeks more Hong Kong investors

Zhuhai's special economic zone, Hengqin, has already attracted 226 billion yuan (HK$286 billion) of investment in its first three years. Photo: Edward Wong

Zhuhai's special economic zone, Hengqin, which has already attracted 226 billion yuan (HK$286 billion) of investment in its first three years, is looking for more Hong Kong investors.

14 Jun 2013 - 3:49am

Hong Kong brokers face funding squeeze in rush for iBonds

Hongkongers line up outside a bank in Kwun Tong on Tuesday to get in on the third batch of low-risk iBonds. Photo: Dickson Lee

Some Hongkongers hoping to buy the government's third batch of iBonds with a loan from a stockbroker rather than a bank may be out of luck, as banks have been cutting off credit to brokers in a battle for new customers.

7 Jun 2013 - 2:30am

China's big spenders on infrastructure must generate better returns

China's big spenders on infrastructure must generate better returns

Fixed capital formation stands at a record high of 46 per cent of gross domestic product in China. A free bottle of Scotch goes to the first person who can show me any country with a higher ratio.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am 2 comments

Inner Mongolia lures Hong Kong investors

Over 1,000 Hong Kong firms are operating in Inner Mongolia.

Inner Mongolia is promoting 200 projects at the Inner Mongolia-Hong Kong Economic and Trade Co-operation Week, said Zhang Lei, a deputy director of the Inner Mongolia branch of the National Development and Reform Commission.

30 May 2013 - 3:54am

Don't miss market chance, says fund

Don't miss market chance, says fund

The mainland stock market is likely to outperform other emerging markets this year and investors should pick up shares rather than quit this market now, says asset manager State Street Global Advisors.

30 May 2013 - 4:33am

Harmony Auto defies dim market outlook

Harmony Auto, a BMW distributor, has sought to widen its clientele by offering more luxury brands such as the Ferrari. Photo: Xinhua

Another luxury car dealer, another growth story about the mainland's luxury car market? China Harmony Auto Holding, BMW's largest dealer in central China, hopes the story will fetch it HK$2.44 billion in the capital market.

30 May 2013 - 3:55am

Too much of a good thing

Some at the IMF say Beijing needs to be careful about spending on investment, now running at almost 50 per cent of GDP. Photo: Reuters

Is Beijing spending too much on investment for the good of the mainland economy? It may seem an arcane question of interest only to practitioners of the darker side of economics, but in reality it is a vital issue for the country's pace and quality of economic growth as well as the rebalancing of the economy.

29 May 2013 - 2:51am

Markets the new racetrack for gambling addicts

Punting on stocks often involves no more skill than casino games.

John Brown is a part-time trader. He manages the habit alongside an interest in legalised gambling through the Jockey Club, although lately it is hard to distinguish between what he does in the share market and what he does at the racetrack. He has a gambling problem, and he trades stocks as an outlet.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

Time is still on the side of the Thai bull run

Timothy Teo says investors have been locking in their gains from the Amundi fund, a top performing Thai equity fund that has risen 38 per cent in a year. Photo: Edmond So

Timothy Teo runs a Thai equity fund that is one of the five best performing equity funds sold in Hong Kong. Indeed, four of the top five equity funds sold in Hong Kong are focused on Thai stocks, according to Lipper, a data firm.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

Buffettising friends is part of the star investor's brand

Warren Buffett's reputation gives him particularly attractive deals, such as the Goldman Sachs investment in 2008. Photo: Bloomberg

Given his cult-like following, critiquing Warren Buffett's investment approach takes a pinch of courage and a pound of stupidity. But that has never stopped me before … and it is a good time to look at Berkshire Hathaway, given that it held its annual general meeting earlier this month.

20 May 2013 - 3:45pm

For once it may not be wise to sell in May

Normally shares underperform during the summer, but this year could be different. Photo:EPA

"Sell in May and go away." Will this be the year that the old investment adage, arising from a long-run statistical underperformance of stocks from May to October versus the period from November to April, proves wrong?

20 May 2013 - 4:18am