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Battle over whether money really can buy you happiness

Hong Kong is a world leader in economic wealth but does higher GDP mean anything when it comes to general satisfaction with life?

Friday, 8 February, 2013, 2:19am 5 comments

Financial studies teach students the value of money

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

Happiness survey shows achieving it costs more in Hong Kong

Money can't buy happiness, so the saying goes. Yet people around the world remain obsessed with wealth and making money, so much so that the dollar sign is regarded by many as the equivalent of happiness. Hongkongers are no exception. Not only do they think they can buy their way to happiness, many believe that the more money they have, the happier they will be.

27 Nov 2012 - 4:34am

Hot money pushes up Hong Kong stocks to 15-month high

Hong Kong stocks hit a 15-month high yesterday, breaching the 22,000 level for the first time in 15 months as investors were cheered by positive data from the US and the mainland.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:32am

The Week Explained: Amex not as helpful as the marketing suggests

If you have a credit card you might want to pay some attention to this story. It's something of a saga, but bear with me because the bottom line is rather scary.

Recently, I realised that two insurance policies purchased via a promotion run by American Express, with payment linked to its cards, were more expensive than comparable products.

22 Oct 2012 - 1:54am

Monetary Authority intervenes to hold down value of the Hong Kong dollar

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority intervened in the currency markets for the first time in nearly three years yesterday to hold down the value of the Hong Kong dollar.

21 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Yes, the HK$ peg is to blame, but the alternatives are worse

Property prices are an eternal obsession with Hong Kong's inhabitants.

Even so, Monday's Monitor column examining some of the reasons why we can expect the home prices to continue setting new records broke new ground.

18 Oct 2012 - 4:47am 8 comments

Hong Kong mints new batch of HK$5 coins for first time in 14 years

The Hong Kong government has quietly begun issuing new HK$5 coins, for the first time in 14 years.

A newly minted HK$2 coin also will be put into circulation from December, according to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

2 Oct 2012 - 12:42pm

When time is money - and you don't have any

A recent Justin Timberlake science-fiction movie called In Time had the premise that, in the future, people will only live as long as they can pay for time. If your credit expires, so do you. The movie was not up to much, but the concept was compelling.

17 Sep 2012 - 3:36am

QE3 will fuel property bubble, authorities must act to rein in prices

The failure of politicians to deal with America's economic problems has prompted the US Federal Reserve to adopt its most aggressive policy stance yet to spur recovery from recession. The Fed action will further exacerbate the hot money flow that has inflated asset values in Hong Kong and increases the risk of a property bubble bursting.

15 Sep 2012 - 5:16pm