24 January 2018

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • Shoppers should know where to draw the line when seeking discounts from stores or service providers. Photo: Bloomberg

    No bargaining, please

    - Dec 4, 2017 2:55pm
    Call them discounted clients. I’m talking about consumers who ask for 20 percent discounts even if they are doing business with a shop or service provider for the first time. For the shopkeepers, such walk-in bargain-seekers...
  • Fireworks explode over Parisian Macau, part of the Las Vegas Sands development, during its opening in 2016. Photo: Reuters

    Parisian Macau is too big for tourists

    - Dec 1, 2017 10:45am
    You don’t know how big a hotel is until you cannot locate its check-in counter. Yes, it took me quite a while to figure out where I should get the room key in Parisian Macau, where...
  • A pedestrian walks past an electronic screen displaying the Hang Seng Index on Nov. 22. Hong Kong's benchmark index climbed above the 30,000 level for the first time in a decade, helped by a Tencent rally. Photo: Bloomberg

    Thanksgiving time for investors

    - Nov 24, 2017 2:53pm
    November has been a very lucky month for Hong Kong, giving us a good reason to celebrate Thanksgiving. Some investors were, however, luckier than others – thanks to what they had bet on, or chose to...
  • Lee Shau-kee made donations to a number of social service sectors, especially education, where he donated HK$1 billion to nine universities in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

    The making of Stock God and his philanthropy

    - Nov 23, 2017 12:03pm
    Call it an index-linked donation. Tycoon Lee Shau-kee said he would donate HK$1 billion (US$128 million) to charity every year after the Hang Seng Index closed at 30,000. The Henderson Land chairman made the pledge on...
  • Tencent has surged almost 120 per cent year to date and could possibly go higher based on the share price momentum. Photo: Bloomberg

    Tencent or home?

    - Nov 22, 2017 12:49pm
    A popular local saying among netizens goes like this: how can one not feel bad about not owning a home or shares in Tencent Holdings. That is of course very true when the Hang Seng Index...
  • Mak Ling Ling makes a good living as a feng shui master. She is also an astute property investor, at one time making a HK$9 million profit in five years. Photo:

    Mak Ling Ling showed me the money

    - Nov 17, 2017 10:24am
    Feng shui masters no doubt benefit from the local property boom. They make money by advising clients whether they should go ahead with a certain property transaction based on their unique analysis on metaphysics. Their income...
  • The consortium led by Sino Land plans to build a premium residential development at this site in Cheung Sha Wan to make the most of the panoramic harbour views. Photo: HKEJ

    Does Sino Land record purchase signal home market peak?

    - Nov 16, 2017 1:09pm
    It is said that the local residential property market would not peak without Sino Land bidding up government land.  This is a myth, of course, or is it? On Wednesday the real estate giant chaired by...
  • 1701655_5ecee28e3c76e3a41c57b43d0b263434.jpg

    Why it’s easy for Frank Chan to say ‘more to life than a home’

    - Nov 14, 2017 6:22pm
    When you hold a senior position and live comfortably in a spacious government-provided accommodation, you can perhaps afford to wax philosophically on the needless struggle for home ownership. Well, how else can one explain comments made...
  • A giant video screen displays performers from the Hong Kong Philharmonic during the Swire Symphony under the Stars event in Hong Kong on November 11. Photo: Ben Kwok

    Swire’s slow symphony under the stars

    - Nov 13, 2017 2:43pm
    Lying down on a mat and enjoying the “Swire Symphony under the Stars” at the Central harbourfront over the weekend, I could not be more thankful for a wonderful evening and the enchanting classical music, all...
  • Peter Woo has picked an easy-to-remember stock code for the spin-off of his shopping malls Times Square and Harbour City. Photos: HKEJ/Bloomberg

    Hot stock codes no one dares to pick

    - Nov 10, 2017 11:22am
    Most of us Hongkongers have something to remember about 1997. Peter Woo, the majority shareholder of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, knows this. So when his flagship conglomerate decided to spin off its signature shopping malls into a real...
  • Hong Kong Disneyland is giving away 50,000 tickets to local residents. Photo: Reuters/HK Disneyland

    Why Disneyland is so generous to Hongkongers

    - Nov 8, 2017 10:30am
    There is no such thing as a free lunch. Even in the case of Hong Kong Disneyland, which is giving away tickets to its magical kingdom. As far as I know, this is the first time...
  • Paul Cheung's Kingboard has agreed to sell its entire 9.61 percent stake in Cathay Pacific  to Qatar Airways for HK$5.16 billion. Photos: HKEJ, AFP, Reuters

    Kingboard jumps out of Cathay flight

    - Nov 6, 2017 2:39pm
    Paul Cheung Kwok-wing, chairman and founder of Kingboard Chemical Holdings Ltd. (00148.HK), had thought he had booked a good flight on Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (00293.HK), but the take-off proved a long wait for him so...
  • Customers line up to buy iPhone X at an Apple Store in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

    Why iPhone X had a disappointing debut price

    - Nov 3, 2017 12:45pm
    There is no shortage of surprises at Apple Inc. The iPhone maker surged to a record high on the way to becoming a US$900 billion stock with a market-beating third quarter and even before selling a...
  • Top officials of China Literature hold a press conference on the company's initial public offering in Hong Kong on Wednesday last week. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why China Literature is going to disappoint

    - Nov 2, 2017 10:29am
    Never would I have thought that there are so many literature lovers in Hong Kong. But, as it turns out, they’re not actually bookworms who would pore over “many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten...
  • Lawmaker Eunice Yung is derisively called by critics as "the foster daughter of Sai Wan" in reference to the alleged all-out support given by the Liaison Office to her election campaign last year.  Photo: HKEJ

    Eunice Yung sings her way to another controversy

    - Oct 30, 2017 3:31pm
    Pro-establishment lawmaker Eunice Yung Hoi-yan is not exactly a publicity hound, and would rather focus on her career and advocacies than seek controversies, but from time to time she somehow ends up being talked about. Over...
  • Standard Chartered has been accused of being too aggressive sometimes in chasing consumer business in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    A standard but not chartered card experience

    - Oct 27, 2017 1:56pm
    Standard Chartered is well-known in Hong Kong not only because of the annual Marathon race that it sponsors, but also due to its marathon efforts to sell people anything from credit cards to personal loans. Personally,...
  • China Literature, a Tencent unit that is involved in online publishing, has sought a very high valuation, but the IPO is still expected to be a big hit. Photo: AFP

    Why investors smell money in November

    - Oct 25, 2017 11:56am
    Who would have predicted that a year with number “7″ at the end would turn out to be so lucky for investors, given the stock crashes we saw in 1987 and 1997 and the seeds of...
  • The property market was at the peak of a boom in 1997 until it all came unraveling, along with the stock market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Haunted by Black Wednesday 20 years on

    - Oct 23, 2017 8:01am
    It is all perhaps déjà vu in the financial markets but something lingers in the minds of investors  after 20 years. It was a normal day on Oct. 23, 1997. China Mobile (0941.HK) tanked on its...
  • The new owner will turn Star Seafood Floating Restaurant into the city's largest banquet hall with 300 tables. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Shatin floating restaurant to offer largest banquet venue in HK

    - Oct 20, 2017 1:24pm
    After 15 years of operation, Star Seafood Floating Restaurant in Shatin, formerly and more famously known as Treasure Floating Restaurant, will be closed next Sunday for renovations. What has been billed as the largest dim sum restaurant...
  • Is it David Webb? No, it's 'David Wet', according to the latest video commercial from Yes Lady Finance, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Milan Station. Photo: Youtube/Yes Lady Finance

    Webb in spoof commercial, Faber out of TV shows

    - Oct 19, 2017 3:30pm
    Two famous stock market commentators made unwanted headlines this week. We are talking about Hong Kong-based shareholder activist David Webb and Swiss investor and market analyst Marc “Dr Doom” Faber. First, to Webb, who is a...

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe