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To all those in Hong Kong and overseas who are asking whether, or how severely, our summer upheavals will harm business, the answers are simple: there can be no "business as usual" as long as violence persists; the profoundly underwhelming policy address will do nothing to rebuild business confidence; for now, harm is short term rather than structural, and; for the real long-term dangers to our economy, we should look further afield, to the US-China trade conflict and the looming prospect of...
China’s onshore credit market stress is showing no sign of abating after record defaults in 2018, as Beijing’s monetary policy easing fails to shore up debt-ridden private companies amid the slowest economic growth.Default rate by issuer count stood at 44 or 1.03 per cent of all issuers in the first three quarters of this year, according to Fitch Ratings.
Oppo, the world’s fifth largest smartphone vendor, is accelerating the expansion of its retail network in Southeast Asia, where the Chinese company is poised to overtake regional market leader Samsung Electronics.Dongguan-based Oppo on Friday launched its first flagship store in the region in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, according to Jimmy Yi, president of Oppo Asia-Pacific.
History has a tendency to repeat itself. This is what makes formulating successful investment strategies possible, at least most of the time.But the expectation that historical patterns will re-emerge can be a trap for those not looking at the whole picture. A rising sense of déjà vu can lull people into a false sense of security, without recognising that this time may be different enough to yield an alternative outcome. Markets may be beginning to follow that pattern when it comes to US-China…
Protests and unrest that have disrupted Hong Kong for over four months are weighing on the results of major hotel operators and spirits makers as fewer tourists are visiting the city.InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the operator of the Crowne Plaza and InterContinental hotels in Hong Kong, both reported this week declines in revenue per available room in their Asia-Pacific operations in the third quarter, citing in part the unrest in Hong Kong.Remy Cointreau, the maker of Remy Martin cognac...
[Sponsored Article]. The global citizen of the 21st century needs to have a cross-cultural outlook. In order to cultivate a global worldview, nothing compares to living, learning and working with people from other cultural backgrounds. The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) therefore encourages students to go overseas on exchange programmes, study tours and internships. As its range of full-time programmes expand, the University is making every effort to expand learning opportunities outside…
A miserable three months for China’s economy was capped by the lowest growth on record on Friday, and the expectation that with darkening storm clouds on the horizon, things are likely to get even worse.In the third quarter of 2019, China’s economy grew by 6.0 per cent, the slowest rate since quarterly records began 27 years ago and worse than expected.
The appeal of China’s new Nasdaq-style technology board has been waning since its launch three months ago.The Science and Technology Innovation Board, or the Star Market, has lost more than a fifth of its market cap from its all-time high and the average daily turnover has slumped by more than 60 per cent since trading started in July.While institutional investors have been steering clear of the board because of its lofty valuations, most of the nation’s individual traders, who like to place...
Investors took about US$1 billion out of hedge funds in Hong Kong in the third quarter, one of the largest quarterly outflows in the city since the global financial crisis a decade ago, according to a new report by Eurekahedge.The net investor redemptions in the three months ended September came as the city’s economy has struggled against the backdrop of the US-China trade war and one of the worst political crises in the city’s history.The redemptions matched the US$1 billion in outflows in the...
The National Basketball Association’s crisis in China, triggered by the Houston Rockets general manager tweeting support for Hong Kong protesters, has already cost the league “substantial” losses.“The financial consequences may go on and be fairly dramatic,” Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday at the Time 100 Health Summit in New York. But the league is willing to take on the costs to support free expression, he said.The NBA was plunged into turmoil earlier this month after the Rockets’…
LVMH is following through on a pledge to create more manufacturing jobs in the United States, part of plan by Bernard Arnault, chairman of the French luxury conglomerate, to hedge against trade tensions and build on the rapport he’s established with US President Donald Trump.Trump and his daughter Ivanka opened a new Louis Vuitton factory with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Texas on Thursday alongside Arnault, who is LVMH’s leading shareholder, and Michael Burke, the chief executive officer of...
The Chinese economy grew by 6.0 per cent in the third quarter of 2019, the lowest quarterly growth since records began in March 1992.The new low marks a continuation in a long-running slump that has been compounded by the US-China trade war, which has hit manufacturing and exports in the world’s second largest economy.It follows second quarter growth of 6.2 per cent, which was itself the lowest on record.
Prospective investors are hunting for bargains in Hong Kong’s hotel real estate market, which is experiencing a sharp downturn, as tourists stay away from the city amid unprecedented protests over the past four months.Analysts say the focus is now firmly on Singapore’s hospitality sector that has seen a boom in transactions because of a strong outlook for tourism, unlike Hong Kong.Peter Yuen, managing director and head of investment and sales at Savills, said deals were becoming increasingly...
Law school graduate John Li knows the latest developments in China’s autonomous driving industry – sort of.Li, a 24-year-old Hui Muslim from southwest China’s Guizhou province – a mountainous inland region that is being developed into the country’s next big data hub – has been working on data labelling tasks for autonomous vehicles for nearly two years.
A plan by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to spend as much as US$15 billion on technology and capacity in 2019 – roughly 50 per cent higher than originally envisioned – is spurring hopes that the dawn of next-generation 5G mobile networks will rev up global chip and smartphone demand.TSMC, the primary chip supplier to Apple, told investors it is sharply increasing its estimate for 2019 capital expenditure to between US$14 billion to US$15 billion from as much as US$11 billion...
Ada Yeung comes to the Hong Kong Electronics Fair every year to meet potential buyers for her company’s Chinese-made earbuds and speakers – but this year, having lost 70 per cent of her business to the US-China trade war, the need to find customers is urgent.The lion’s share of exports for Shenzhen-based Xinvo Industrial Company, where Yeung works as the director of international sales, were previously bound for the United States.
Dylan Wang and Sherry Duan hold their glasses up to the light before tasting the Atlas Peak merlot and Howell Mountain cabernet at Duckhorn Winery’s tasting room overlooking acres of ripe grapes.Wang, 39, an investment fund manager, and Duan, a 32-year-old lawyer, came here to California’s famed Napa Valley from Shanghai to enjoy the wine, scenery and cool weather, and chose Duckhorn in part because president Barack Obama served its wine at his 2009 inauguration.One advantage of travelling all...

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