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Norwegian sovereign wealth fund to invest US$11bn in US real estate

Norwegian sovereign wealth fund to invest US$11bn in US real estate

Norway's US$660 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, plans to invest about US$11 billion as it enters the US real estate market.

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012, 4:29am

Chart of the week: China stocks cheapen in BRIC bloc

Chart of the week: China stocks cheapen in BRIC bloc

China's new leaders face the challenge of reining in the dominance of state-owned enterprises that has helped drag stock valuations down the most among the so-called BRIC bloc - leading emerging market economies - in the past decade.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:26am

IPO research: theory and practice

IPO research: theory and practice

Pre-IPO research has once again been in the spotlight in two recent Hong Kong transactions. In both, the issuers were said to have been leaning on brokers to produce valuations that met their expectations.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:26am

Stock Watch: life insurance

Upwardly mobile: markets think AIA is worth about 46 times the value of a year of new business. Photo: Bloomberg

Many of us have bought life insurance, but what about buying shares in life insurance companies?

The industry is a black hole to investors who struggle to see how such companies create value and make money.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:26am

State firms line up to back PICC listing

Investors are cautious about PICC's growth strategy. Photo: Reuters

Beijing is throwing its financial muscle behind the listing of the People's Insurance Company (Group) of China (PICC), which has received record buy orders for shares from state-controlled firms.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

Investment: volatility gains

US economist Benjamin Graham.

As the global economy resets, the prospects are for lower returns and increased volatility. The US stock market took 25 years to regain its highs after 1929. Japanese stocks (down 75 per cent from their peak) and property markets (down between 50 per cent and 70 per cent) have still not recovered 1989 levels.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

MPF funds: a chooser's guide

MPF funds: a chooser's guide

New rules enabling members of Hong Kong's Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) to transfer their contributions to a provider of their choice have increased the range of funds.

But with more than 460 from which to choose, you could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. Matters are not helped by jargon used to describe the funds.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

Ask Melanie: Investing in stamps

Collectable postage stamp. Photo: Sam Tsang

My investment portfolio already covers shares, bonds and property, and I'm ready to add something a bit different. What are your thoughts, for a beginner, on investing in collectable postage stamps?

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

Are bonds overvalued?

Blinded by delight

Our love affair with bonds grows more intense by the day. From investment grade conglomerates in Hong Kong to high-yield energy companies in Kazakhstan, our appetite for credit risk - apparently - is unconditional and indiscriminate. We love them so much, there's not enough to go around. For every dollar issued, there's an average eight dollars of demand.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

Christmas gifts: ideas that keep appreciating

Illustration: Mario Rivera

With Christmas fast approaching (have you noticed how that process somehow accelerates in November) the time has come for the financially minded to focus on gifts that will not only please but increase in value.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

The Week Explained: The cost of happiness

Hongkongers' US$197,000 happiness. Photo: Corbis

How much money do you need to make you happy? It's a reasonable question that is damned hard to answer yet the people at Skandia International have conducted one of those surveys that purports to provide a response.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

Divide over 'fiscal cliff'

The possibility of a compromise is keeping Wall Street traders on edge, with the stock market likely to remain volatile until the matter of the fiscal cliff is resolved. Photo: Reuters

Trading action on Wall Street is likely to retain its tentative edge over the new year, as uncertainty over the United States' financial future and its economy casts a pall over the market.

26 Nov 2012 - 9:06am

Unions 'an option' to run MPF schemes

Anna Wu Hung-yuk, Chairman of Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority. Photo: May Tse

Mandatory provident fund schemes run by non-profit organisations could be an option to drive down management fees, the head of Hong Kong's pension fund regulator says.

Anna Wu Hung-yuk cited trade unions and industry associations as an example of possible alternatives to the current scheme providers from the finance industry.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:35am 11 comments

Relative gains

Relative gains

Families join forces to grow wealth, writes Andrea Li.

19 Nov 2012 - 1:27am

Dashboard trading straight to market

Etrade Financial vice-president, Asia-Pacific, Helen Chan, says Hong Kong's investors can use her firm's online platform to trade on US markets. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Etrade offers investors direct access to buy and sell online with no third party execution, writes Anna Healy Fenton.

19 Nov 2012 - 1:27am