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Mr. Shangkong

Shanghai-born and Hong Kong-based George Chen is the financial editor at the South China Morning Post. He muses about the interplay between the two financial centres in Mr. Shangkong columns every Monday in print and online. George is on Twitter: @george_chen

Do we need to make property prices 'politically correct'?

I am not a property industry expert but as a writer and reader, honestly speaking, I can tell nowadays in both Hong Kong and Mainland China, anything related to property prices has become more and more a political issue than simply a supply-and-demand market matter.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 3:28pm

Hong Kong banks and bankers seek cheaper rents

Banks and bankers are on the move in Hong Kong, searching for less expensive corporate and personal digs as the city's rents head ever higher.

12 Nov 2012 - 7:04am

Can bull or bear markets be more predictable?

Can we be more precise predicting the next bull or bear market? From a macroeconomic perspective, the answer is yes.

China has experienced roughly three main business cycles, up and down, since 1992, and Edward Ding, chief economist for China Merchants Securities, said in a new research report that there is a definite relationship between business cycles and stock market performance.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:28pm

Shanghai faces taxing issue in tale of two cities

When discussing the growing rivalry between the financial centres of Shanghai and Hong Kong, some say the competition is more about personnel than about how many skyscrapers each city boasts.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:20pm 1 comment

Are newspapers dying?

Newspapers may eventually become news "sites" or "iNews" products. But for journalist, as long as you are a good content provider, your readers will remember your bylines.

9 Nov 2012 - 8:15pm

So, where have all the mainland spenders gone?

In addition to the tragic news about the Lamma Island ferry accident, the deadliest boat accident in Hong Kong in 40 years, retailers didn’t have a great holiday season either.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:30pm

Is it really so bad to be laid off?

Getting laid off sounds tough, but for a highly paid banker it is not always such a bad fate.

In the latest round of financial industry lay-offs that began over summer, hundreds of Asian-based jobs have been lost. The toll has been heavier in the United States and Europe.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:03pm 1 comment

PR industry booms despite tough times

Deals may be drying up for bankers, but that is proving a boon for their spin doctors in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

As a financial journalist, I have been getting more and more invitations to events and pitches to do interviews.

When I asked public-relations people the reason for the sudden flurry, they pointed to two factors.

9 Nov 2012 - 8:11pm

Competition for 'star analyst' status could be losing its lustre

Here is a story that many analysts on the mainland probably won't tell you. It's the story behind the story of how analysts actually become known as "stars".

9 Nov 2012 - 8:07pm

Men with personal loans

If you work and live in Hong Kong, I’m pretty sure many of you must have received dozens of cold calls from commercial banks like HSBC and Standard Chartered already this year.

For what? They want to offer you personal loans. In some cases, you can get even more than one million Hong Kong dollars.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:31pm

Big-sounding job titles in HK can cause confusion and embarrassment

Job titles for certain financial professionals are becoming the butt of jokes around Central, Hong Kong’s answer to Wall Street.

It seems like five out of 10 investment bankers and private equity dealmakers you bump into these days in Central are vice-presidents.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:03pm 1 comment

Mr. Forward

Have you heard of “Mr. Forward”? “Mr. Forward” is a nickname for people who like to pass on emails, usually to underlings.

In Hong Kong, especially in the financial industry, a typical problem is low productivity. Many employees often feel they have more bosses, on various levels, than there are staff on the ground actually doing the work.

9 Nov 2012 - 8:07pm

Jockeying for position

One country, two international financial centres?

23 Oct 2012 - 4:01pm