16 July 2019

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • Louisa Mak is seen with her parents at the sales office of the T Plus residential project in Tuen Mun on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ

    Miss Hong Kong buys three of the smallest flats in the city

    - Jul 15, 2019 11:49am
    Miss Hong Kong is a ticket to fame and fortune. Winners of the annual beauty pageant, which was established in 1973, usually end up marrying some rich guy and living in luxury. They certainly don’t end...
  • Tencent’s Martin Lau, with his huge salary and stock grants, is the envy of many a professional manager in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    The making of Martin Lau, the billionaire professional manager

    - Jul 11, 2019 12:32pm
    You might be aware that Tencent’s Martin Lau Chi-ping is in a league of his own when it comes to executive compensation among top bosses at Hong Kong-listed firms, but did you know that he was...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks to media regarding the extradition bill on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Generation gap

    - Jul 10, 2019 1:12pm
    June was the cruelest month for embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as her extradition bill drew both local and international denunciation, but July is not likely to bring solace to her crisis-gripped administration. After...
  • A file picture depicts signage for Club Tonnochy in the Wanchai area. The club was a prominent name in Hong Kong's raucous nighttime entertainment scene in an earlier era. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    A property deal evokes memories of HK’s golden era nightclubs

    - Jul 9, 2019 1:02pm
    Tonnochy nightclub may be gone, but not its legacy. In fact, one could argue that the fabled Hong Kong hotspot is worth more dead than alive. In a recent transaction, the site of the famous Wanchai...
  • Xiaomi shares worth some HK$43 billion are ready to be traded this week, accounting for over 18 percent of its total issued capital. Photo: AFP

    Xiaomi shareholders sat on 40 percent loss in first year

    - Jul 8, 2019 2:23pm
    The first year of Xiaomi Corp. (01810.HK) as a listed company was far from satisfactory. Its stock has dropped 41.5 percent as of last Friday, two days before its first anniversary. The Chinese technology giant is not...
  • China Evergrande CEO Xia Haijun bought a penthouse at The Pavilia Hill in Tin Hau for HK$155 million. Photo: HKEJ

    Evergrande boss snaps up Tin Hau penthouse

    - Jul 4, 2019 12:02pm
    Mainland property companies may be slowing down in buying up Hong Kong land, but rich mainlanders continue to snap up luxury homes in the city. The latest to do so is China Evergrande Group (03333.HK) chief executive...
  • Riot police stand on guard in Hong Kong on Tuesday after protesters stormed the Legislative Council building the previous day. As demonstrations continue to rock the city in relation to an extradition bill, the city’s retail sector is watching with growin

    Why luxury goods shops have reason to worry

    - Jul 2, 2019 2:06pm
    Although I visit Causeway Bay at least three times a week, it’s been a pretty long time since I went to the Times Square mall, not counting the occasional dining trip. But on Monday I had...
  • China Unicom is strengthening its ties with global telecom operators and industry chains to jointly promote the construction of the 5G network. Photo: China Unicom Global

    Why China Unicom deserves a second look in the 5G era

    - Jun 27, 2019 12:47pm
    China Unicom (00762.HK, 600050.CN) is an underdog. Among the country’s three state-owned telecommunications operators, the company may even look like a bad bet.  The mighty China Mobile (00941.HK) is the investors’ favorite, although it, too, is currently...
  • If Chief Executive Carrie Lam were a stock, would her fundamentals stand her in good stead? Photo: Reuters

    Carrie trade – buy or sell?

    - Jun 19, 2019 11:28am
    Sell in May, June is even worse, but July will rebound, according to traditional Chinese investment wisdom. Will that work for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor? Well, she offered a public apology to all the...
  • Next Digital's Jimmy Lai saw his media outfit's share price surge amid the massive protests against the extradition bill. Photo: AFP

    Jimmy Lai’s Next offers an investment lesson

    - Jun 18, 2019 12:12pm
    Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s Next Digital (00282.HK) has doubled in value since a million people marched against the extradition bill on June 9. On Monday alone, a day after two million Hongkongers took to the streets to...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam: people simply could not countenance her ego. Photo: AFP

    Carrie Lam and the sin of arrogance

    - Jun 17, 2019 3:15pm
    According to The New York Times, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s move to suspend the reviled extradition bill is the biggest political retreat under the reign of President Xi Jinping. The central government now has...
  • Battleground Admiralty: Protesters advance amid fumes from tear gas fired by riot police on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Don’t shoot the messenger

    - Jun 13, 2019 12:48pm
    Salute to the media workers of Hong Kong! Among the 70-odd individuals who were injured and sent to hospitals as a result of the breakout of violence in Wednesday’s protests in Admiralty were reporters, photographers and...
  • Protesters march along a road in Hong Kong on Wednesday, continuing to voice their opposition to proposed changes in the city’s extradition law. Photo: Reuters

    As youth take to the streets again, pride and despair

    - Jun 12, 2019 2:19pm
    It is one of those moments when you are overcome with feelings of pride as well as helplessness, watching young people take to the streets to stand up in defense of Hong Kong’s core values. Witnessing...
  • Hong Kong's streets were filled with white shirt-clad anti-government protesters on June 9, but estimates of the crowd size varied widely depending on who you asked. Photo: Reuters

    Protest marches: The numbers game

    - Jun 11, 2019 1:18pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam is stubbornly refusing to walk back her extradition bill despite the huge protest march by citizens, but she was honest enough to acknowledge the scale of the Sunday demonstration, referring to “many...
  • Demonstrators hold up signs in Hong Kong during a protest on Sunday to demand authorities scrap a proposed law that would allow suspects to be transferred to mainland China for criminal trials. Photo: Reuters

    Anti-extradition march: A day to remember

    - Jun 10, 2019 4:38pm
    It is by all means a day to remember in Hong Kong history. Witnessing the June 9 anti-extradition bill rally, there would hardly be anyone who hasn’t been moved by the sight of hundreds of thousands...
  • Hong Kong’s annual candlelight vigil to mark the June 4 Tiananmen anniversary drew more participants this year as people also wanted to voice their concerns over proposed changes to an extradition law. Photo: Reuters

    Donating for democracy

    - Jun 6, 2019 12:45pm
    How much are you willing to donate to support the cause of democracy? If you ask Hong Kong people, you may get an answer that democracy is priceless and that they would do all they can...
  • Numbers don't lie: Tens of thousands join the candlelight vigil for the Tiananmen victims at Victoria Park on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    The numerology of Tiananmen anniversary

    - Jun 5, 2019 12:25pm
    Even weeks before the event, China’s censors were already busy blocking text and images on social media that had a reference – no matter how slight or indirect – to the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy students at...
  • Protesters hold placards opposing proposed amendments to the extradition law during a press conference on Sunday. Photo: AFP

    Housewives join fight against extradition bill

    - Jun 4, 2019 2:43pm
    Housewives. Some people may think of them as passive and apolitical, but they do care about society because what happens outside their homes affect their husbands and kids.  So if they raise their voices and link...
  • A recent survey showed that half of Hong Kong employees below 25 years of age with no more than two years of work experience quit their jobs without having a new one lined up. Photo: CNSA

    Why many young people resign without having a new job

    - Jun 3, 2019 11:53am
    Some people are able to work for a single company or agency throughout their entire career. Some people are able to switch from one job to another without any break. But times have obviously changed. So...
  • Kweichow Moutai shareholders were disappointed to learn that there would be no dinner at the company's annual general meeting. Photo: HKEJ

    No moutai at Kweichow Moutai AGM

    - May 29, 2019 11:25am
    Kweichow Moutai is a beloved company that produces the most prestigious brand of China’s national liquor, and it is not surprising that its annual general meeting is always a highly anticipated, well-attended affair. The number of registered...

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