Ryan Swift

Hong Kong

Ryan Swift

Senior reporter, Business 

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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Outlook for global shipbuilding industry dismal as order books have halved and ‘touching historic lows’

Data from shipping data provider Clarksons Research showed that the global order book for shipbuilders had fallen by 54 per cent by mid year.

10 Dec 2019 - 9:30AM

Data from shipping data provider Clarksons Research showed that the global order book for shipbuilders had fallen by 54 per cent by mid year.

Outlook for global shipbuilding industry dismal as order books have halved and ‘touching historic lows’
Stingy rich Asians trail multimillionaires of North America, Europe on charitable giveaways as wealth erodes

When it comes to philanthropy, Asia’s super-rich are giving away their wealth at a slower pace than their peers in North America and Europe. The trend may yet persist as they lose their wealth at a faster clip this year.

6 Dec 2019 - 1:51PM

When it comes to philanthropy, Asia’s super-rich are giving away their wealth at a slower pace than their peers in North America and Europe. The trend may yet persist as they lose their wealth at a faster clip this year.

Stingy rich Asians trail multimillionaires of North America, Europe on charitable giveaways as wealth erodes
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act likely to have little impact on shipping sector

Most shipping and logistics industry experts agree that there will be little short term impact on Hong Kong’s transshipping sector, but longer term prospects remain to be seen as the US presidential election in 2020 adds to the uncertainty.

2 Dec 2019 - 6:45AM

Most shipping and logistics industry experts agree that there will be little short term impact on Hong Kong’s transshipping sector, but longer term prospects remain to be seen as the US presidential election in 2020 adds to the uncertainty.

Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act likely to have little impact on shipping sector
Explainer: How big a deal for businesses and companies is the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act?

The bill requires an annual review by the US Secretary of State to certify whether Hong Kong remains “sufficiently autonomous” to justify the special treatment. It also opens the door to sanctions on officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses.

29 Nov 2019 - 6:34PM

The bill requires an annual review by the US Secretary of State to certify whether Hong Kong remains “sufficiently autonomous” to justify the special treatment. It also opens the door to sanctions on officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses.

Explainer: How big a deal for businesses and companies is the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act?
Hong Kong’s suburban mall operator Link Reit seeks to engage opposition councillors after asset sales trigger protests

Link Reit, the biggest real estate investment trust in Asia whose recent business decisions have provoked protests from local communities, is looking forward to engaging with Hong Kong’s new slate of pan-democratic district councillors to improve their rapport.

28 Nov 2019 - 9:43PM

Link Reit, the biggest real estate investment trust in Asia whose recent business decisions have provoked protests from local communities, is looking forward to engaging with Hong Kong’s new slate of pan-democratic district councillors to improve their rapport.

Hong Kong’s suburban mall operator Link Reit seeks to engage opposition councillors after asset sales trigger protests
Shakespeare’s birthplace, Warwickshire, UK, beckons buyers of flats in restored Haseley Manor

Haseley Manor, a grade II listed 19th century building in Warwickshire county in the West Midlands, has been restored and converted into 12 luxury flats

26 Nov 2019 - 6:31PM

Haseley Manor, a grade II listed 19th century building in Warwickshire county in the West Midlands, has been restored and converted into 12 luxury flats

Shakespeare’s birthplace, Warwickshire, UK, beckons buyers of flats in restored Haseley Manor
International Chamber of Shipping opens first overseas office in Hong Kong as it aims for stronger ties with increasingly influential China

The London-based International Chamber of Shipping wants to build stronger relationships with mainland Chinese shipowners and maritime regulators.

22 Nov 2019 - 9:13AM

The London-based International Chamber of Shipping wants to build stronger relationships with mainland Chinese shipowners and maritime regulators.

International Chamber of Shipping opens first overseas office in Hong Kong as it aims for stronger ties with increasingly influential China
Hong Kong protests prompt organiser to scrap RISE Conference in 2020 as unrest clouds longer term planning

More than five months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong have forced business organisers to cancel the first event planned for next year, suggesting the social unrest is hurting longer term business planning.

19 Nov 2019 - 10:56PM

More than five months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong have forced business organisers to cancel the first event planned for next year, suggesting the social unrest is hurting longer term business planning.

Hong Kong protests prompt organiser to scrap RISE Conference in 2020 as unrest clouds longer term planning
Nova Scotia beckons with real estate comprising entire islands for the purchase price of a Sai Ying Pun flat in Hong Kong

Nova Scotia offers private islands larger than Hong Kong’s Victoria Park for less than the purchase price of a 450-square foot flat in Sai Ying Pun in the Asian city’s western district.

19 Nov 2019 - 7:12PM

Nova Scotia offers private islands larger than Hong Kong’s Victoria Park for less than the purchase price of a 450-square foot flat in Sai Ying Pun in the Asian city’s western district.

Nova Scotia beckons with real estate comprising entire islands for the purchase price of a Sai Ying Pun flat in Hong Kong
Hong Kong protests deal massive blow to trade exhibitions as visitor numbers slump 20 per cent

Total attendance for the seven shows organised by the HKTDC in the last month and a half fell to 156,000 from 195,000 last year.

17 Nov 2019 - 10:35PM

Total attendance for the seven shows organised by the HKTDC in the last month and a half fell to 156,000 from 195,000 last year.

Hong Kong protests deal massive blow to trade exhibitions as visitor numbers slump 20 per cent
Chinese buyers expected to step up Greek property investment, as Xi lands in Athens to strengthen ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Athens to cement ties with Greece, regarded as key to his Belt and Road Initiative. And his visit might also prompt Chinese buyers to step up their investment in Greek property, which has been bolstered by the Greek “golden visa” programme.

12 Nov 2019 - 6:32PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Athens to cement ties with Greece, regarded as key to his Belt and Road Initiative. And his visit might also prompt Chinese buyers to step up their investment in Greek property, which has been bolstered by the Greek “golden visa” programme.

Chinese buyers expected to step up Greek property investment, as Xi lands in Athens to strengthen ties
Hong Kong meatless meat firm Green Common opens Omnipork Tmall store with eye on China’s pork shortage

Green Common, the Hong Kong-based provider and retailer of meatless meat products, is hoping to capitalise on depleting inventories and rising prices of pork in mainland China with the launch of a Tmall store.

8 Nov 2019 - 8:29PM

Green Common, the Hong Kong-based provider and retailer of meatless meat products, is hoping to capitalise on depleting inventories and rising prices of pork in mainland China with the launch of a Tmall store.

Hong Kong meatless meat firm Green Common opens Omnipork Tmall store with eye on China’s pork shortage
China’s richest 400 tycoons shrug off economic slump to increase their combined wealth by 22 per cent to US$1.29 trillion

Qin Yinglin, chairman of Muyuan Foodstuff, almost quadrupled his wealth to US$16.6 billion, as China’s pork crisis has sent the company’s shares through the roof.

7 Nov 2019 - 10:47PM

Qin Yinglin, chairman of Muyuan Foodstuff, almost quadrupled his wealth to US$16.6 billion, as China’s pork crisis has sent the company’s shares through the roof.

China’s richest 400 tycoons shrug off economic slump to increase their combined wealth by 22 per cent to US$1.29 trillion
China’s social credit system for business creates new and complex headaches for EU trade officials

China’s corporate social credit system is feared by foreign governments and business figures and is a growing topic of conversation in Donald Trump’s White House.

6 Nov 2019 - 5:50AM

China’s corporate social credit system is feared by foreign governments and business figures and is a growing topic of conversation in Donald Trump’s White House.

China’s social credit system for business creates new and complex headaches for EU trade officials
Hong Kong’s luxury flat rentals extend drop in third quarter as trade war, protests dent market sentiment

Luxury flat rentals in Hong Kong have continued their slide into the third quarter amid US-China trade war and social unrest and the economy slips into a technical recession.

30 Oct 2019 - 10:01AM

Luxury flat rentals in Hong Kong have continued their slide into the third quarter amid US-China trade war and social unrest and the economy slips into a technical recession.

Hong Kong’s luxury flat rentals extend drop in third quarter as trade war, protests dent market sentiment
Hongkongers are the world’s most reluctant online shoppers, but try stopping the Chinese

The 2019 FIS Retail Global Payments Report shows Hongkongers spend the least in online retail shopping at 4 per cent of overall purchases.

20 Oct 2019 - 10:50PM

The 2019 FIS Retail Global Payments Report shows Hongkongers spend the least in online retail shopping at 4 per cent of overall purchases.

Hongkongers are the world’s most reluctant online shoppers, but try stopping the Chinese
What helps women advance in the workplace? Male allies

Businesses across the world are realising that there is a need to get men involved to help women achieve parity in the workplace, and that a stronger focus on language and communication is needed, rather than putting in place targets and training seminars.

18 Nov 2019 - 9:20AM

Businesses across the world are realising that there is a need to get men involved to help women achieve parity in the workplace, and that a stronger focus on language and communication is needed, rather than putting in place targets and training seminars.

What helps women advance in the workplace? Male allies
August worldwide air cargo shrinks for the 10th month, in longest losing streak since 2008, as trade war crimps shipments

The busiest airfreight routes between Asia and North America suffered the biggest contractions with a 5 per cent drop in seasonally adjusted volume in August, as US tariffs on Chinese toys, electronics and perishable produce including caviar and fruit jam crimped shipments.

10 Oct 2019 - 10:25PM

The busiest airfreight routes between Asia and North America suffered the biggest contractions with a 5 per cent drop in seasonally adjusted volume in August, as US tariffs on Chinese toys, electronics and perishable produce including caviar and fruit jam crimped shipments.

August worldwide air cargo shrinks for the 10th month, in longest losing streak since 2008, as trade war crimps shipments
Explainer | Houston, we have a problem: what’s at stake for the NBA in the Hong Kong-China stand-off?

The current furore over a tweet by Houston Rockets’ general manager in support of protesters could prove costly to the growth of top-level American basketball in China

10 Oct 2019 - 11:34AM

The current furore over a tweet by Houston Rockets’ general manager in support of protesters could prove costly to the growth of top-level American basketball in China

Houston, we have a problem: what’s at stake for the NBA in the Hong Kong-China stand-off?
Club Med, Fosun betting on Xi’s ambition of 300 million skiers before 2022 Winter Olympics to catapult resorts

French resort operator Club Med, a subsidiary of China’s Fosun Tourism Group, is pushing ahead with plans to capitalise on China’s ambitions of becoming a skiing superpower.

7 Oct 2019 - 10:05AM

French resort operator Club Med, a subsidiary of China’s Fosun Tourism Group, is pushing ahead with plans to capitalise on China’s ambitions of becoming a skiing superpower.

Club Med, Fosun betting on Xi’s ambition of 300 million skiers before 2022 Winter Olympics to catapult resorts
More than half of world’s wealthiest families expect a recession next year, survey by UBS and Camden Wealth shows

More than half of family offices globally expect a recession in 2020, according to a report by Swiss bank UBS and specialist business intelligence provider Campden Wealth.

8 Oct 2019 - 10:24AM

More than half of family offices globally expect a recession in 2020, according to a report by Swiss bank UBS and specialist business intelligence provider Campden Wealth.

More than half of world’s wealthiest families expect a recession next year, survey by UBS and Camden Wealth shows
Hong Kong’s port is failing to ready itself for LNG-fuelled cargo ships as rival Singapore races ahead, say analysts

Hong Kong’s failure to prepare infrastructure for refuelling container ships that run on eco-friendly liquefied natural gas will make its already struggling port even less competitive, say analysts

4 Oct 2019 - 10:55PM

Hong Kong’s failure to prepare infrastructure for refuelling container ships that run on eco-friendly liquefied natural gas will make its already struggling port even less competitive, say analysts

Hong Kong’s port is failing to ready itself for LNG-fuelled cargo ships as rival Singapore races ahead, say analysts
Hong Kong’s richest suffered 9 per cent decline in total asset value last year, most among global peers, amid continued US-China trade war uncertainties

Hong Kong’s super-rich suffered the biggest collective loss of wealth among the world’s wealthiest countries last year, reflecting the continued affects of the US-China trade war, according to Wealth-X.

27 Sep 2019 - 11:00PM

Hong Kong’s super-rich suffered the biggest collective loss of wealth among the world’s wealthiest countries last year, reflecting the continued affects of the US-China trade war, according to Wealth-X.

Hong Kong’s richest suffered 9 per cent decline in total asset value last year, most among global peers, amid continued US-China trade war uncertainties
World’s largest gas-powered container ship rolls off Shanghai slipway, a milestone for global shipping and China’s shipbuilding

For Jiangnan-Changxing, the delivery of the first vessel marks a leap in China’s shipbuilding technology as the nation tries to catch up with South Korea’s shipyards like Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.

26 Sep 2019 - 10:37PM

For Jiangnan-Changxing, the delivery of the first vessel marks a leap in China’s shipbuilding technology as the nation tries to catch up with South Korea’s shipyards like Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.

World’s largest gas-powered container ship rolls off Shanghai slipway, a milestone for global shipping and China’s shipbuilding
Dickson Concept doubles down on quest for big spenders as it opens renovated Harvey Nichols store with savvy digital tech

Dickson Concepts is one of the very few retailers expanding in Hong Kong, where a sales slump wrought by the worst political crisis in the city’s history has caused one in 10 shops to stand empty in the Causeway Bay shopping district.

26 Sep 2019 - 10:27AM

Dickson Concepts is one of the very few retailers expanding in Hong Kong, where a sales slump wrought by the worst political crisis in the city’s history has caused one in 10 shops to stand empty in the Causeway Bay shopping district.

Dickson Concept doubles down on quest for big spenders as it opens renovated Harvey Nichols store with savvy digital tech
Women-led unicorns no longer a myth, but venture capital needs to catch up

Less than 25 of the 239 venture capital-backed companies globally have a woman founder, but that could change as several skincare and beauty products companies founded by women become unicorns in the near future.

28 Sep 2019 - 1:26PM

Less than 25 of the 239 venture capital-backed companies globally have a woman founder, but that could change as several skincare and beauty products companies founded by women become unicorns in the near future.

Women-led unicorns no longer a myth, but venture capital needs to catch up
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