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MPF

The Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) is a compulsory pension fund designed by the Hong Kong government as a major protection scheme for the aged and retired residents.  Most employees and their employers are required to contribute monthly. 

Labour advisory panel backs MPF changes

A government advisory body has backed a plan that would save 70,000 low-income people from having to contribute to their MPF accounts while 400,000 would have to pay more.

Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 3:50am 1 comment

Policy address is Leung's last chance to show Hong Kong he can lead

Responding to the massive protests on New Year's Day calling for Leung Chun-ying to step down, a government spokesman said the chief executive was concentrating on preparing his first policy address, working on various areas, including people's livelihood and the economy, addressing deep-rooted problems, and promoting stability in society.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am 2 comments

Briefs, January 13, 2013

Provident fund claims against travel agency

In a District Court writ, the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority is claiming HK$101,590 from travel agency SIG Holiday. It says the agency failed to pay the amount on behalf of its employees between June and October last year. The firm's licence was revoked last month.

 

13 Jan 2013 - 3:55am

Legco support for plans to cut back on MPF charges

Most lawmakers support the pension regulator's plan to bring in measures to cut management fees for the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF).

8 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Letters to the Editor, January 3, 2013

Time almost stands still at Now TV

After reading the correspondence focusing on Now TV often showing repeats of BBC series, I am writing to say that this is too often the case and is widespread across English-language channels.

Now Broadband TV might transmit over the internet, yet is a company where time almost stands still.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:21am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 14, 2012

Risky MPF scheme should be optional

The whole idea of the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme is to enable people to save for retirement.

These are, in effect, old-age savings and if they are lost due to speculation or the volatility of financial markets, then surely that defeats the purpose and logic of the scheme.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:08am

Is now the right time to reform MPF for savers' benefit?

It was only after more than three decades of heated debate that the government launched the Mandatory Provident Funds in 2000.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:54am

MPFs report lower returns, despite hot money inflow

The city's Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) reported lower returns in the past two months, although hot money inflow, which boosted third-quarter results, helped it stay in the black.

The 443 retirement funds, which cover 2.5 million employees in Hong Kong, returned only 1.24 per cent in November and 0.67 per cent in October, month on month, according to data provider Lipper.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Over the US fiscal cliff and out of the financial woods

When Hongkongers moan about the lousy performance of their Mandatory Provident Fund schemes, they usually focus on the ruinous fees they get charged.

But while high fees have certainly weighed on MPF returns, they are not the whole story. Poor asset allocation is also to blame.

4 Dec 2012 - 4:25am 1 comment

Giving workers full choice over MPF only solution

The whole point about the Mandatory Provident Fund scandal is that the MPF never at any time relied on market forces to set fee levels.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:53am 3 comments

Pension regulator may get more control over fees, fund choices

The government plans to seek a change in the law to give the pensions regulator more control over the fees and number of fund choices under the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:40am 1 comment

MPF Schemes Authority proposes ways to cut fees

Hongkongers can hope for better returns on their pension-fund investments under proposals put forward by the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority which, if adopted, could see fund management fees cut by as much as HK$1.2 billion a year.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

Talking points

Strategic dialogue for China and South Korea

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

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

Unions 'an option' to run MPF schemes

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