Date
24 January 2018

Ko Tin-yau

Hong Kong Economic Journal columnist
  • Singapore adopts a 'big-government' approach in its welfare measures, while Hong Kong takes an opposite path. This has led to different fiscal situations in the two cities. Photos: HKEJ

    HK and Singapore: Whose welfare model is better?

    - Feb 27, 2015 7:07pm
    Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang has offered a package of sweeteners, including tax rebates, as he unveiled on Wednesday the budget for the coming fiscal year. In doing so, he has continued the past practice...
  • The case of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, an Indonesian maid who was abused by her Hong Kong employer, has prompted Jakarta to speed up plans to curb the export of domestic workers. Photo: Reuters

    HK must brace for a new era of fewer domestic helpers

    - Feb 23, 2015 6:45pm
    Hong Kong’s longstanding strategy of relying on low-cost foreign domestic helpers to meet the needs of the city’s wealthier residents may need to be revisited soon as the economies of southeast Asian nations are improving, encouraging...
  • Xi Jinping's antigraft plan, Hong Kong's property prices, ATV's cash flow problem and Occupy protests' economic impact are among the weird things in the Year of the Horse. Photo: HKEJ

    Goodbye, Year of Horse and 7 weird things

    - Feb 18, 2015 1:12pm
    The Year of the Horse has been far from normal, and various weird things happened at home and abroad. (1) The biggest surprise is that President Xi Jinping has been so serious in his fight against...
  • Sepp Blatter has blocked technology to improve the accuracy of referees' calls in football. Photo: AFP

    Why football has been slow to adopt high tech

    - Feb 12, 2015 6:17pm
    The English Premier League has secured a 5.14 billion pound (US$7.84 billion) deal for the rights to telecast its matches in the next three years. It is the most expensive sports rights deal ever, at almost...
  • Margin trading business has expanded in China despite a tighter regulatory regime. Photo: Reuters

    Smart investing: Do what the Chinese govt tells you not to

    - Jan 30, 2015 4:10pm
    Legendary stock investor Peter Lynch once proclaimed famously: “Whatever the queen is selling, buy it”. The remarks, which refer to opportunities in recently privatized businesses, send the message that state enterprises are usually very inefficient and...
  • The right approach is to further increase the threshold for investment visa to attract super-rich immigrants. Photo: AFP

    Why Hong Kong has given up on luring the super rich

    - Jan 16, 2015 5:07pm
    In an ideal world, all are equal. However, in the economic world, realities are cruel just as in the Animal Farm. Everyone has a different economic value. A billionaire immigrant could bring in 10 times more...
  • The valuation gap between Hong Kong and mainland traded shares of Chinese firms could narrow this year if the 2014 gains in A-shares hold up. Photo: Bloomberg

    What next if the A-share rally is not a bubble?

    - Jan 2, 2015 6:16pm
    China’s A-shares market has been the top performer in the region in 2014. The Shanghai Composite Index surged 53 percent over the year, with a whopping gain of 37 percent in the last quarter alone. However,...
  • Quarry Bay has emerged as a new high-end business center in eastern Hong Kong Island. Photo: Bloomberg

    Commercial property rise to further shrink land supply

    - Dec 23, 2014 7:04pm
    Hong Kong may face less land supply for residential property as more developers snap up old apartment buildings and transform them into commercial property. Henderson Land Development (00012.HK), a leading local property developer, has recently spent...

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