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Investment

Understanding internal rate of return

IRR is a complex calculation, but investors should try and understand what it means for them. Photo: Corbis

Internal rate of return, or IRR, is one of those concepts bank staff wheel out when they are selling investments, particularly savings and pension plans involving a series of contributions.

Monday, 7 January, 2013, 4:31am

What will the banks sell in 2013

Which way forward?

The new year has arrived and times are changing. There is less gloom about the euro zone, the United States steered clear of its fiscal cliff and the mainland economy seems to be spluttering back into shape. This has implications for investors.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

The Week Explained: Media reporting

Are you getting all of this?

Do you find investment reporting in the media confusing? I do, even though I've been doing it for too long. So here are some tips to make sense of what you see and read.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Financial studies teach students the value of money

Investing in students' financial education can reap rewards.

When he was in Form Three, Samuel Weil, one of my outstanding IB biology students, advised me to buy Apple stock. Had I listened, I would have made a 400 per cent profit today.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:47pm

Investors demand probe into tycoon's blogs

Pan Shiyi's blog has more than 13 million followers. Photo: Nora Tam

Property tycoon and star blogger Pan Shiyi is under fire from investors, who complain he has been posting price-sensitive information about other companies on his weibo account and are calling on the authorities to open an investigation.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

World leading economies to see drop in debt

Deutsche Bank expects German bonds to outperform French debt.

The world's leading economies will have US$220 billion less sovereign debt to refinance this year, cutting supply after every major government bond market rallied for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Green wave going strong in 2013 investment scene

The solar energy sector may not benefit from the growing awareness of environmental protection among consumers in the short term due to overcapacity. Photo: Xinhua

Going "green" will remain a strong investment theme in 2013 as governments in China, India and Europe continue to introduce regulations on environmental protection issues that will benefit some sectors while hurting polluters, say analysts.

2 Jan 2013 - 7:07am

Students enter mainstream

Accommodation in Glasgow, whose four main university residences have 6,531 bedrooms for more than 50,000 full-time students, is always in demand.  Photos: SCMP and Thinkstock

Glaswegian homeowners are struggling to sell their properties in a market still mired in recession mentality. According to latest data from the Registers of Scotland, residential property sales have dipped to the lowest volume since records began in 2003, and amount to less than half of the number of properties sold in Scotland during the market peak of 2007-2008.

7 Jan 2013 - 10:06am

Industrial stocks lead buy-back activity in 2012

Industrial stocks lead buy-back activity in 2012

Buy-back activity was high for the second consecutive year, with 113 companies posting 4,967 repurchases worth HK$5.45 billion in 2012, based on trades up to December 28. The figures, however, were sharply down from the previous year's 161 firms, 6,922 trades and HK$10.68 billion.

31 Dec 2012 - 7:17am

The Week Explained: Lessons learned from 2012

Gold bar. Phoot: Reuters

It has been a turbulent year for investors, but there are lessons to be gleaned from it. Here's a sample of what 2012 has taught us.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

There is life in the IPO

People's Insurance Co. of China Group (PICC) raised US$3.6 billion in a Hong Kong listing earlier in the month. Photo: Bloomberg

Like an endangered species clinging on to the last remnants of its natural habitat, the Hong Kong initial public offering was scantly seen in 2012. The euro zone sovereign debt crisis rumbled through the markets for most of the year, putting paid to many issuers' plans.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Year of the bonds

Illustration: Mario Rivera

For all the gloom, some may overlook the fact that 2012 was a great year. Virtually all asset classes scored gains, with even equity markets venturing into positive territory thanks to a second-half rally.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Bubble trouble for fixed-income assets?

US Federal Reserve must keep interest rates low for a while longer. Photo: AFP

Fixed income was the hot asset of 2012, producing equity-like returns for debt-like risks. Within it, Asian bonds issued in US dollars produced stellar returns for investors. While Asian US dollar bonds produced a total return of 14 per cent, the high-yield sector within it outperformed it with eye-popping gains of 19 per cent.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Quantitative easing and macro factors keys to investment success

The American comedian Will Rogers provided sage advice about investing: "Don't gamble. Take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don't go up, don't buy it."

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Liquidity will drive up Hong Kong stock in 2013: SCMP Survey

HSBC's Mandy Chan advocates cement firm stocks. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong stock prices will will see growth in the low teens next year amid ample liquidity and a recovery on the mainland, say market players.

According to the median estimate of 13 strategists and fund managers polled by the South China Morning Post, the Hang Seng Index is likely to rise to 24,500 points by the end of next year.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am