23 July 2018

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • People walk past cherry trees in bloom at a park in Osaka, in this picture taken on March 28. Japan is drawing more overseas visitors, particularly from the Greater China region. Photo: Bloomberg

    Japan’s ‘sayonara tax’ won’t deter HK travelers

    - Apr 12, 2018 1:02pm
    Mention Japan’s impending “sayonara tax” to any travel enthusiast in Hong Kong, and his or her response would probably be: “Let’s go there before January.” Well, one can assume that quite a few people will hasten...
  • Outgoing chairman John Slosar needed most of the income he had from Swire Pacific over the past seven years to be able to buy his dream home on The Peak from his own company. Photo: Bloomberg/Reuters

    Slosar wants to buy a home from Swire

    - Apr 10, 2018 11:47am
    Almost everyone in Hong Kong has to work hard to realize their dream home, and that dream is getting more and more expensive through the years. Consider John Slosar, the outgoing Swire Pacific chairman, who decided...
  • HKBN has received 2,700 applicants from 10 countries for the 19 slots in its summer internship programs this year. Photo: HKEJ

    HKBN wants you to tell them why your mother is beautiful

    - Apr 9, 2018 1:31pm
    Kwai Chung has suddenly become controversial. We are not talking about satirical media group Most Kwai Chung, whose record-breaking initial public offering and trading debut suddenly soured after a spokesman dished out silly, irrelevant remarks in...
  • An encounter with the legendary Komodo dragons on Rincah Island is an unforgettable experience. Photo: EJ Insight

    A visit to Indonesia’s Jurassic Park

    - Apr 6, 2018 3:53pm
    As if our fatigue and hunger were not enough, the local guide tried to aggravate our predicament by calling out to the ladies in our group and asking if any of them were having their period....
  • Hong Kong's premium office space has ranked as the world's most expensive over the past two years, and this has prompted many financial majors such Goldman Sachs to move to other locations in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP/HKEJ

    Goldman Sachs to move to Causeway Bay

    - Apr 4, 2018 4:16pm
    Even the golden Goldman Sachs may be struggling to stay in expensive Central. Well, there are other places in Hong Kong to choose from. A local report says the top US investment bank has signed a five-floor...
  • Most Kwai Chung co-founders at the stock listing ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: HKEJ

    Media Chinese cashes in on Most Kwai Chung frenzy

    - Mar 28, 2018 4:03pm
    The amazing Most Kwai Chung, the company behind the satirical weekly magazine 100Most and online media platform TVMost, has produced an unlikely winner – Media Chinese International Ltd. (00685.HK) chairman Tiong Hiew King. The stock, with...
  • Hui Ka-yan, chairman of China Evergrande Group, speaks at a news conference in Hong Kong on Monday following the company’s 2017 results announcement. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Evergrande is hiring more fresh graduates

    - Mar 27, 2018 3:47pm
    There is a popular saying in the business community that goes “If you want to sell something, find China Evergrande.” Well, if you want to sell yourself, you might as well seek out that very same...
  • Tencent is now one of the five biggest technology firms in the world and its chairman, Pony Ma, is China's richest man. Photos: Bloomberg/Reuters

    Tencent generates 5,000 times return for investors

    - Mar 23, 2018 12:19pm
    You don’t need to be a Li Ka-shing to produce a return of 5,000 times on investment, which is what the outgoing chairman of CK Hutchison did for the group’s loyal shareholders in 46 years. If you...
  • Tycoon Li Ka-shing, picture here during a news conference last Friday when he announced his retirement, is known to choose his words carefully when asked to comment on sensitive topics like housing unaffordability in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

    No home, no marriage is not normal

    - Mar 19, 2018 12:22pm
    In his final press conference last Friday as chairman of CK Hutchison and CK Asset, tycoon Li Ka-shing was quizzed by a reporter about a problem young people face: how is it possible to get married...
  • Swire's redeveloped office properties in Quarry Bay are attracting some big foreign firms looking for a cheaper alternative to the Central district. Representative image: Bloomberg

    EY calls Quarry Bay its new home

    - Mar 16, 2018 5:18pm
    You don’t count as part of the Big Four unless you are in the core business district, right? Wrong!  Just take a look at Ernst & Young, the accounting and consulting giant that is set to have...
  • B&S International's top executives and their family members attend the firm's listing ceremony in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photo: HKEJ

    Beauty and the sweet IPO

    - Mar 15, 2018 5:29pm
    You know they are hot. But perhaps not sure how long the ride can last. In case you are wondering, I’m talking about the new listings that Hongkongers just can’t seem to get enough of. In...
  • The debt-laden conglomerate is able to dispose of its assets at a profit at a time when it really needs cash. Photo: Reuters

    The biggest thing HNA should be grateful for

    - Mar 9, 2018 3:45pm
    HNA Group is a lucky dog. The debt-laden conglomerate seems to have a change of fortune, disposing of its assets at a profit at a time when it really needs cash. Its subsidiary Hong Kong International...
  • Tam Chai Yunnan Mixian, operator of a chain of rice noodle shops, was sold to Toridoll Holdings for HK$1 billion last year. Photo: HKEJ

    Mixian boss makes big bucks and buys a house

    - Mar 8, 2018 1:40pm
    If you want to know how Hong Kong people become rich, just think of the board game Monopoly. The goal is to become rich by buying property. Once you become rich, you buy more properties. Such...
  • Frances McDormand, the winner of this year's Oscar for best actress, made a sensational pitch for gender equality and racial inclusiveness in her acceptance speech at the awards ceremony on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    HK still a backward financial center in terms of gender equality

    - Mar 7, 2018 11:56am
    What do Tencent Holdings, Hong Kong and China Gas and AAC Tech have in common? They are blue-chip companies that have never appointed a female director, according to Community Business, a not-for-profit organization based in Hong...
  • The number of homeless people who stayed overnight at McDonald's outlets has surged 5.7 times over the past five years. Photos: AFP

    The N-nothing sleepers at McDonald’s

    - Mar 5, 2018 2:40pm
    How bad is the housing crisis in Hong Kong? A non-governmental organization has devised a method to gauge the extent of the problem. Call it the McDonald’s Housing Crisis Index if you will. One chilly night...
  • The exam fee waiver is intended to reduce the financial burden of DSE candidates and encourage private students to take the exams, but parents are far from happy. Photo: Internet

    Let’s all take next year’s free DSE exams

    - Mar 2, 2018 1:10pm
    What can bring adults to the study room and make them sit a public exam?  Thanks to Financial Secretary Paul Chan’s plan to waive the fees for those taking next year’s Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE)...
  • The budget plan unveiled by Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Wednesday failed to address the woes of the housing tenant, who is probably the biggest victim of the city's irrational property boom. Photo: CNSA

    Bigger budget, smaller homes

    - Mar 1, 2018 1:09pm
    How does one account for the situation in Hong Kong where we have a bigger than big budget surplus yet we live in smaller than small homes? Worse still, the budget plan unveiled by Financial Secretary...
  • The Liaison Office paid more than HK$120 million for 14 two-bedroom units at The Merton in Kennedy Town, or about HK$18,000 per square foot. Now those units cost more than HK$23,000 psf. Photo: EJ Insight/HKEJ

    Liaison Office sits on huge paper gain from Island West homes

    - Feb 23, 2018 12:51pm
    Beijing’s Liaison Office has been snapping up residential units in the city – chiefly in Sai Wan – and with property prices skyrocketing as a result of rising demand and acute land shortage, those units are gaining a...
  • Employees were enthusiastic to report for work on the first working day of the Lunar New Year, looking forward to the red packets from their bosses. Photo: Bloomberg

    Don’t fret if you only got HK$20 in your lai see

    - Feb 21, 2018 12:01pm
    Hong Kong workers were eager to report for work after the holiday, and that’s because they wanted to have a fresh start and greet the Lunar New Year with fervor and optimism. And also because they...
  • We hope that in this Year of the Dog, Hong Kong will step up the march towards a cashless society. Photo: HKEJ/Reuters

    Cashless city hopes in Year of the Dog

    - Feb 20, 2018 2:01pm
    Cash is king. That may still be true, but a king who is old and weary and about to yield his throne to the crown prince – electronic money. Who doesn’t like cash, especially cash in...

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