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Rate of Return

Balance of payments

The PE ratio comes up short for many analysts as they seek to determine returns, writes Jake van der Kamp.

Monday, 30 April, 2012, 12:00am

Should investors buy property, property stocks or both?

From time to time, one may read debates in news media among investors and commentators about which of the above approaches offer better returns. Real estate agents tend to favour investing in bricks and mortar, while stocks traders would say equities offer better expense ratios, especially if all the stamp duties are taken into account.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:40am

World's richest man offers slim pickings for retired

The world's richest man is proving better at generating wealth for himself than the 1.1 million Mexican pensioners investing with him.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Understanding internal rate of return

Internal rate of return, or IRR, is one of those concepts bank staff wheel out when they are selling investments, particularly savings and pension plans involving a series of contributions.

The concept has its use. This problem is that outside of professional financial circles very few people understand what IRR means.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Year of the bonds

For all the gloom, some may overlook the fact that 2012 was a great year. Virtually all asset classes scored gains, with even equity markets venturing into positive territory thanks to a second-half rally.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Safety and numbers

Yvonne Sargent, 70, had a bad investment experience. After a divorce, the Lantau Island resident was left with a lump sum, which she invested in a London pension fund. It did well for seven years, then dropped below its original value, at which time her adviser asked her to move the money to a Dubai-based firm.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Golden age

Let's start with the good news. Advances in health care and economic development have improved living standards and pulled millions of people out of poverty. As a result, we are all living better and longer than our parents or grandparents.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Yields dip 'likely to dampen HK investment'

Investment in the Hong Kong property sector is likely to dip this year because returns on assets have fallen to unattractive levels, according to consultant DTZ.

Last year a rise in property prices drove yields in most sectors downwards, Alvin Yip, DTZ's co-head of investment, China, said.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Education chief in good spirits, wife says

Education minister Michael Suen Ming-yeung is in good spirits, his wife said after she visited him yesterday at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam, where he is being treated for pneumonia. A hospital spokesman said the condition of the 68-year-old was stable, but he was unsure when Suen would be able to return home.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

It shines, but for how long?

This has been a tough period for gold sceptics. The price of gold has risen again to new heights - yet this does not obscure the dismal long-term performance of gold as an investment.

The flight to gold happens because it is seen as a 'safe haven' during times of economic turmoil.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am