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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

Storytellers pile into private equity as industry mushrooms

What skills and experience does a person need to become a private equity professional?

Monday, 19 November, 2012, 9:53am 1 comment

Will James Bond bow to Beijing's censorship?

Will James Bond decide that discretion is the better part of valour and kowtow to the Chinese government to avoid endangering Skyfall’s potentially huge box office in the Communist nation?

12 Nov 2012 - 11:14pm 6 comments

Family, faith and hard work keep Hong Kong dream alive

My previous column about one man's "Hong Kong dream" and how it had been affected by the city's new property tax apparently proved to be something that not everyone agreed on. Some readers doubt if Hong Kong will ever be the Asian version of the American dream.

12 Nov 2012 - 7:05am 6 comments

The impact of politics on stock prices

Will the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China affect Chinese stock market investors? Don’t hold your breath.

7 Nov 2012 - 8:44pm

New property tax a blow to the Hong Kong dream

We all know about the American dream. But let me tell you about a Hong Kong dream.

I have a friend. Let's just call him J.

5 Nov 2012 - 8:03am 10 comments

How to beat the new property tax?

Remember the saying? “Man proposes - God disposes.” China has a variation on that.  Basically it says that higher-ups set out policy and the rest of the population then proceed to circumvent the new policy. That’s exactly what’s happening in Hong Kong right now.

31 Oct 2012 - 6:35pm 2 comments

New Hong Kong property tax, a sign of increasing protectionism

The new stamp duty policy announced last Friday for non-local home buyers in Hong Kong is more than a new property rule as it puts the government on the fast track to greater regulation in a city that has been ranked as the world’s freest economy by the Heritage Foundation for 18 consecutive years.

30 Oct 2012 - 10:06am 5 comments

What does Starbucks say of your status?

It's an open secret in Hong Kong's business community that many of the best ideas and biggest decisions come together over a cup of coffee rather than behind the closed doors of well-appointed boardrooms around town.

29 Oct 2012 - 9:10am 2 comments

Juniors feel pain of Hong Kong banks' 'transition'

This is the season of hiring and firing in Hong Kong's financial community.

Hundreds of junior-level jobs have been axed at several major international banks in the city so far this year. But it's a different story when it comes to top positions.

The past week was marked by some big names changing chairs.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:57pm

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.

23 Oct 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