Ryan Swift

Ryan Swift is a senior business reporter focused on wealth management, green business, the shipping industry and the gaming industry. He was chief editor of The Peak and Asia-Pacific Boating magazines.
Ryan Swift
Ryan Swift is a senior business reporter focused on wealth management, green business, the shipping industry and the gaming industry. He was chief editor of The Peak and Asia-Pacific Boating magazines.

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Swire Coca-Cola quenches thirst for recycling with machines that will collect plastic bottles and put 20 HK cents on your Octopus as a reward

Swire Coca-Cola, a division of Swire Pacific and one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers and distributors worldwide, on Thursday announced the launch of reverse vending machines that will add 20 HK cents to Octopus cards for every plastic bottle accepted by them.

20 Sep 2019 - 4:48PM

Swire Coca-Cola, a division of Swire Pacific and one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers and distributors worldwide, on Thursday announced the launch of reverse vending machines that will add 20 HK cents to Octopus cards for every plastic bottle accepted by them.

Swire Coca-Cola quenches thirst for recycling with machines that will collect plastic bottles and put 20 HK cents on your Octopus as a reward
China’s restaurant industry is booming as young professionals stay hungry amid trade war, slowing economy

China’s restaurant sector is enjoying breakneck growth and could soon overtake the US as the world’s biggest market.

15 Sep 2019 - 10:56PM

China’s restaurant sector is enjoying breakneck growth and could soon overtake the US as the world’s biggest market.

China’s restaurant industry is booming as young professionals stay hungry amid trade war, slowing economy
Taiwan’s Evergreen to spend up to US$1.6 billion on 10 supersized cargo ships, to be built in China and South Korea

One of the world’s top 10 shipping lines announces dramatic expansion plans that may upset the market for shipping.

14 Sep 2019 - 10:15AM

One of the world’s top 10 shipping lines announces dramatic expansion plans that may upset the market for shipping.

Taiwan’s Evergreen to spend up to US$1.6 billion on 10 supersized cargo ships, to be built in China and South Korea
Environment becomes a trade-war victim as China ramps up industrial production to offset economic slowdown caused by commerce conflict

A rise in activity of dirty industries is a ‘smokestack stimulus’, part of a ‘desperate effort to keep GDP humming along’, says CLSA analyst

10 Sep 2019 - 10:42PM

A rise in activity of dirty industries is a ‘smokestack stimulus’, part of a ‘desperate effort to keep GDP humming along’, says CLSA analyst

Environment becomes a trade-war victim as China ramps up industrial production to offset economic slowdown caused by commerce conflict
Macau junket king places a bet on Japan as slowdown in world’s gambling hub pushes Suncity to look elsewhere for growth

Japan has become a target for casino operators since the country passed a law allowing casinos to operate in July 2018.

5 Sep 2019 - 10:03PM

Japan has become a target for casino operators since the country passed a law allowing casinos to operate in July 2018.

Macau junket king places a bet on Japan as slowdown in world’s gambling hub pushes Suncity to look elsewhere for growth
Chips are down for Macau casinos amid Hong Kong protests, slowdown in mainland Chinese economy

The immediate outlook for Macau’s casino sector looks grim, after gross gaming revenue fell 8.6 per cent in August – its biggest monthly drop since June 2016 – from US$3.3 billion in August 2018 to US$3 billion, according to the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.

4 Sep 2019 - 10:30PM

The immediate outlook for Macau’s casino sector looks grim, after gross gaming revenue fell 8.6 per cent in August – its biggest monthly drop since June 2016 – from US$3.3 billion in August 2018 to US$3 billion, according to the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.

Chips are down for Macau casinos amid Hong Kong protests, slowdown in mainland Chinese economy
21 Hong Kong-listed firms in Forbes’ inaugural list of top Asian corporates, but share prices tell a different story

The average share price loss for the 21 Hong Kong companies in the Forbes list of top 200 companies with revenues of over US$ 1 billion was 12.68 per cent against the Hang Seng Index decline of 7.17 per cent.

3 Sep 2019 - 8:30AM

The average share price loss for the 21 Hong Kong companies in the Forbes list of top 200 companies with revenues of over US$ 1 billion was 12.68 per cent against the Hang Seng Index decline of 7.17 per cent.

21 Hong Kong-listed firms in Forbes’ inaugural list of top Asian corporates, but share prices tell a different story
Cosco Shipping’s rising container volumes put it on course to overtake Hutchison Ports as world’s No 2 ports operator

Cosco Shipping Ports’ container throughput surged 32.2 per cent to 46.1 million TEU in 2018, just shy of Hutchison Ports’ 46.7 million TEU, according to data from shipping consultants Drewry.

1 Sep 2019 - 10:32PM

Cosco Shipping Ports’ container throughput surged 32.2 per cent to 46.1 million TEU in 2018, just shy of Hutchison Ports’ 46.7 million TEU, according to data from shipping consultants Drewry.

Cosco Shipping’s rising container volumes put it on course to overtake Hutchison Ports as world’s No 2 ports operator
China’s hotpot king Zhang Yong shoves aside real estate magnates as Singapore’s richest man as Haidilao’s stock price doubled

The presence of Zhang, Li and dozens of other wealthy China-born billionaires on Singapore’s wealth list underscores Lion City’s rise as the preferred destination in the exodus of mainland tycoons.

30 Aug 2019 - 10:07AM

The presence of Zhang, Li and dozens of other wealthy China-born billionaires on Singapore’s wealth list underscores Lion City’s rise as the preferred destination in the exodus of mainland tycoons.

China’s hotpot king Zhang Yong shoves aside real estate magnates as Singapore’s richest man as Haidilao’s stock price doubled
Hong Kong shipping giant Orient Overseas weathers US-China trade war, steers to US$139 million first-half profit

Hong Kong-based shipping giant Orient Overseas International on Monday report an interim net profit of US$138.9 million for the first half of 2019, swinging from a loss of US$10.3 million this time last year. Overall revenue for the company rose 6 per cent to US$3.3 billion in the first half of this year.

26 Aug 2019 - 10:45PM

Hong Kong-based shipping giant Orient Overseas International on Monday report an interim net profit of US$138.9 million for the first half of 2019, swinging from a loss of US$10.3 million this time last year. Overall revenue for the company rose 6 per cent to US$3.3 billion in the first half of this year.

Hong Kong shipping giant Orient Overseas weathers US-China trade war, steers to US$139 million first-half profit
Singamas plans to widen the use of its shipping containers into vessels for chemicals, solar power and even modular data centres

Singamas’ first-half revenue fell 39.7 per cent to US$584 million, causing its net loss to balloon 17-fold to US$50.7 million, as the price of shipping containers plunged due to a glut in the worldwide market

21 Aug 2019 - 7:15PM

Singamas’ first-half revenue fell 39.7 per cent to US$584 million, causing its net loss to balloon 17-fold to US$50.7 million, as the price of shipping containers plunged due to a glut in the worldwide market

Singamas plans to widen the use of its shipping containers into vessels for chemicals, solar power and even modular data centres
Severe China economic downturn could put Asian banks at risk, Fitch warns

Hong Kong banks have the most direct exposure if a steep slowdown in mainland China were triggered by US president Donald Trump adding 25 per cent more in tariffs, Fitch said.

21 Aug 2019 - 10:59PM

Hong Kong banks have the most direct exposure if a steep slowdown in mainland China were triggered by US president Donald Trump adding 25 per cent more in tariffs, Fitch said.

Severe China economic downturn could put Asian banks at risk, Fitch warns
Shippers experiment with wind, battery power to navigate tough new rules to combat their role in global warming

Like the auto industry of more than 10 years ago, the shipping industry is exploring the possibility of hybrid and all-electric power tankers.

19 Aug 2019 - 8:51PM

Like the auto industry of more than 10 years ago, the shipping industry is exploring the possibility of hybrid and all-electric power tankers.

Shippers experiment with wind, battery power to navigate tough new rules to combat their role in global warming
Allan Zeman says he’s open to cutting rents to help Hong Kong businesses get through protest turmoil

“Hong Kong was already starting to slow down, and now this. It’s like having a heart attack first, and then another massive heart attack,” Zeman says of the protests.

16 Aug 2019 - 4:21PM

“Hong Kong was already starting to slow down, and now this. It’s like having a heart attack first, and then another massive heart attack,” Zeman says of the protests.

Allan Zeman says he’s open to cutting rents to help Hong Kong businesses get through protest turmoil
Hong Kong airport shutdown was necessary as the situation left management with no other choice, Allan Zeman says

Entrepreneur Allan Zeman, who is a board member of the Airport Authority, said that the decision to close the airport was taken by management and the board members were appraised of the situation via a website for members.

15 Aug 2019 - 7:53PM

Entrepreneur Allan Zeman, who is a board member of the Airport Authority, said that the decision to close the airport was taken by management and the board members were appraised of the situation via a website for members.

Hong Kong airport shutdown was necessary as the situation left management with no other choice, Allan Zeman says
Hong Kong’s biggest corporate chieftains are better off than shareholders as median executive pay outstrips stock performance

The outsize reward packages, comprising basic pay, bonuses, stock options and incentive plans, underscore the top dollar that companies have to pay to retain their top talent.

1 Aug 2019 - 10:53PM

The outsize reward packages, comprising basic pay, bonuses, stock options and incentive plans, underscore the top dollar that companies have to pay to retain their top talent.

Hong Kong’s biggest corporate chieftains are better off than shareholders as median executive pay outstrips stock performance
Hong Kong’s declining container port traffic shows why it should be run more ‘like the subway’, analysts say

Declining throughput at Kwai Tsing Container Terminal throws a spotlight on the need for a new private-public partnership to oversee management at the 50-year-old port facility.

2 Aug 2019 - 11:23PM

Declining throughput at Kwai Tsing Container Terminal throws a spotlight on the need for a new private-public partnership to oversee management at the 50-year-old port facility.

Hong Kong’s declining container port traffic shows why it should be run more ‘like the subway’, analysts say
What global slowdown? Luxury-focused deal making jumps 22 per cent in 2018, according to Deloitte report

Global luxury M&A activity totalled 265 deals in 2018, with the focus on European fashion brands.

27 Jul 2019 - 1:32AM

Global luxury M&A activity totalled 265 deals in 2018, with the focus on European fashion brands.

What global slowdown? Luxury-focused deal making jumps 22 per cent in 2018, according to Deloitte report
Arrival of OOCL’s massive cargo container vessel in Hong Kong heralds China’s growing power in shipping

Berthing of the OOCL Hong Kong, whose ultimate owner is Cosco, comes as China ascends through the ranks to become a dominant force in global shipping

25 Jul 2019 - 11:04PM

Berthing of the OOCL Hong Kong, whose ultimate owner is Cosco, comes as China ascends through the ranks to become a dominant force in global shipping

Arrival of OOCL’s massive cargo container vessel in Hong Kong heralds China’s growing power in shipping
Global family offices grow assets under management to nearly US$6 trillion, report shows

The number of family offices worldwide is up 38 per cent in the last two years to 7,300, says Campden Research

23 Jul 2019 - 7:30AM

The number of family offices worldwide is up 38 per cent in the last two years to 7,300, says Campden Research

Global family offices grow assets under management to nearly US$6 trillion, report shows
Among the world’s biggest companies, CEOs are spending less time at the top, while instances of ethical failings are on the rise, survey finds

PwC’s 2018 ‘CEO Success study’ shows a number of important trends underway affecting top corporate leaders

19 Jul 2019 - 10:30AM

PwC’s 2018 ‘CEO Success study’ shows a number of important trends underway affecting top corporate leaders

Among the world’s biggest companies, CEOs are spending less time at the top, while instances of ethical failings are on the rise, survey finds
Cyberport has a plan to make Hong Kong a regional leader in e-sports

Cyberport’s HK$50 million (US$6.4 million) e-sports arena can seat 400 people.

17 Jul 2019 - 8:30AM

Cyberport’s HK$50 million (US$6.4 million) e-sports arena can seat 400 people.

Cyberport has a plan to make Hong Kong a regional leader in e-sports
Everybody wants a piece of the growing e-sports pie in China

Ann Hand, the CEO of Nasdaq-listed Super League, says China is the place to be if companies want to tap the potential of the fast growing e-sports market.

14 Jul 2019 - 10:59PM

Ann Hand, the CEO of Nasdaq-listed Super League, says China is the place to be if companies want to tap the potential of the fast growing e-sports market.

Everybody wants a piece of the growing e-sports pie in China
China, Hong Kong high-net-worth individuals led US$2 trillion decline in global wealth last year, Capgemini says

High-net-worth individuals in Asia-Pacific accounted for about half of a US$2 trillion drop in global wealth last year, according to consultancy Capgemini. China accounted for about 25 per cent of the decline.

10 Jul 2019 - 5:15PM

High-net-worth individuals in Asia-Pacific accounted for about half of a US$2 trillion drop in global wealth last year, according to consultancy Capgemini. China accounted for about 25 per cent of the decline.

China, Hong Kong high-net-worth individuals led US$2 trillion decline in global wealth last year, Capgemini says
Jho Low’s superyacht Equanimity of 1MDB notoriety is available for charter as Tranquility, at US$1.25 million a week

The vessel, bought for US$250 million in 2014, was sold in April to a unit of the Genting Group for less than half the price.

8 Jul 2019 - 12:58PM

The vessel, bought for US$250 million in 2014, was sold in April to a unit of the Genting Group for less than half the price.

Jho Low’s superyacht Equanimity of 1MDB notoriety is available for charter as Tranquility, at US$1.25 million a week
US-China trade war could reignite any time as ceasefire is a calm in the middle of a storm, say economists, strategists

The trade war is far from over, with any resolution of tensions likely to be ‘painful’ for both the US and China, economists and investment strategists said.

3 Jul 2019 - 10:40AM

The trade war is far from over, with any resolution of tensions likely to be ‘painful’ for both the US and China, economists and investment strategists said.

US-China trade war could reignite any time as ceasefire is a calm in the middle of a storm, say economists, strategists
Asia, impact investing to gain as US$15 trillion change hands among world’s wealthiest families over next decade

Asia and impact investing look to gain as wealth is transferred between generations among the world’s wealthiest families over the next decade.

1 Jul 2019 - 9:35AM

Asia and impact investing look to gain as wealth is transferred between generations among the world’s wealthiest families over the next decade.

Asia, impact investing to gain as US$15 trillion change hands among world’s wealthiest families over next decade
Hong Kong’s craft beer makers look overseas for new markets

The city’s craft brewers have flourished, driven by banking and finance professionals seeking to transform their passion projects into successful businesses.

30 Jun 2019 - 10:34PM

The city’s craft brewers have flourished, driven by banking and finance professionals seeking to transform their passion projects into successful businesses.

Hong Kong’s craft beer makers look overseas for new markets
Mine, replace or recycle: can the US, Europe and Japan end reliance on China for rare earths?

China, which supplies more than 70 per cent of the world’s rare earth oxides

29 Jun 2019 - 2:36PM

China, which supplies more than 70 per cent of the world’s rare earth oxides

Mine, replace or recycle: can the US, Europe and Japan end reliance on China for rare earths?
Shipping experts are ‘highly worried’ about rising military tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, surging rates, and the impact on energy-dependent Asia

Daily vessel lease rates for supertankers travelling through the Strait of Hormuz have shot up in the wake of June 13 attacks.

21 Jun 2019 - 12:11PM

Daily vessel lease rates for supertankers travelling through the Strait of Hormuz have shot up in the wake of June 13 attacks.

Shipping experts are ‘highly worried’ about rising military tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, surging rates, and the impact on energy-dependent Asia