16 October 2018

Ko Tin-yau

Hong Kong Economic Journal columnist
  • Ant Financial chairman Lucy Peng (left) is well known for her patience, attention to detail and excellent communication skills. Photo:

    Why more women are in top internet jobs

    - Oct 13, 2016 9:30am
    Ant Financial Service Group, the financial arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba, recently appointed Eric Jing as chief executive. Lucy Peng, who has been at the helm of Ant Financial since its founding two years ago, will...
  • When China was faced with a property glut, authorities were quick to ease policy to promote home sales, prevent developers from getting into financial difficulties and maintain construction-related jobs. Photo: China News

    Beijing’s well-calculated housing policy turnabout

    - Oct 12, 2016 2:38pm
    Six months ago, mainland authorities were trying every way to ease a property glut. Now, the primary policy goal is to stop home prices from going up too fast. Since the National Day holiday on Oct....
  • A 1 percent increase in housing prices causes a 0.45 percent decline in fertility rates, according to a study by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

    How rising home prices lead to falling fertility rates

    - Oct 11, 2016 10:53am
    Newly elected lawmaker Yau Wai-ching lashed out at the government in a recent forum that it’s too hard for young couples to find a place to have sex. What she has pointed out is actually a...
  • Acquiring Netflix would enable Disney to turn a major rival into a growth engine. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why big companies are keen on acquiring fast-growing rivals

    - Oct 7, 2016 12:34pm
    Multinational corporations remain very active in merger and acquisition deals despite uncertainties over the US presidential election and Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union. A number of deals are particularly noteworthy. LVMH, the world’s...
  • Evergrande Group founder Xu Jianyin (R) needs to marshal support from China’s securities regulator if he is to succeed in a backdoor listing plan for some assets. Photo: China News

    Evergrande’s backdoor listing plan: Smart but not easy

    - Oct 6, 2016 10:45am
    Billionaire Cheng Yu-tung, the founder of New World Development, passed away last week at the age of 91. Known as a shrewd and gutsy entrepreneur, Cheng’s style seems to have rubbed off quite a bit on some of...
  • Surging home prices have prompted London Mayor Sadiq Khan to look into the impact of foreign buyers on the local housing market. Photo: AFP

    Why London mayor is probing foreign home buyers

    - Oct 5, 2016 10:10am
    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he will carry out “the most thorough research” into foreign property ownership in the city amid skyrocketing home prices. Much like many young people in Hong Kong, ordinary London workers find...
  • Possibly in a bid to draw top leaders’ attention ahead of the Communist Party plenum, top Chinese economists Lin Yifu (left) and Zhang Weiying engaged in a heated debate over the best way to boost growth. Photos: China News/Xinhua

    Two top economists debate on industrial policy

    - Oct 4, 2016 1:02pm
    Two prominent Chinese economists, Lin Yifu and Zhang Weiying, recently engaged in heated debates in public forums as well as in print and on social media about the government’s industrial policy. The outcome of the debate...
  • President Xi Jinping said private enterprises are crucial to China's overall development. Photo: AFP

    Xi vows to protect rights of private firms

    - Oct 3, 2016 10:02am
    Why do so many Chinese entrepreneurs want to get a foreign passport and transfer their wealth overseas? This can be partly explained by how they made their fortune in China in the first place. China’s first...
  • Evergrande's bottled-water brand Spring gained recognition quickly through a sponsorship deal with Guangzhou Evergrande football club, but the business continues to lose money. Photo:

    Evergrande in a sweet spot with sale of non-core businesses

    - Sep 30, 2016 10:25am
    Xu Jiayin, founder of China Evergrande Group, a member of the so-called “Big Dee club” started by Hong Kong billionaire Cheng Yu-tung, has again displayed his balance-sheet management skills. The tycoon is overseeing an initiative by...
  • Though experts and TV polls suggest Hillary Clinton won the first round of the US presidential debates, online polls indicate Donald Trump actually gained more supporters after the debate. Photo: Reuters

    Did Trump really lose first presidential debate?

    - Sep 29, 2016 10:52am
    The US presidential debates kicked off Monday night (Tuesday morning in Hong Kong), and it’s widely believed that Hillary Clinton won the first round. That reminds us of the situation before the Brexit vote in June,...
  • Herd mentality keeps driving lots of Chinese to speculate in the housing market in the hope of making easy money. Photo: China News.

    Chinese investors dump stocks for properties

    - Sep 28, 2016 10:23am
    In 2015, China saw some frenzied buying of equities, helping the market stage a strong rally in the first half of the year. But this year, the favored choice of speculators has been properties. Last week,...
  • Though mocked by some as pigeon holes, mini flats in Shenzhen serve the needs of young workers in the city. Photo:

    Why mini flats are so popular in Shenzhen

    - Sep 27, 2016 9:45am
    There has been a notable increase in offering of tiny flats in Hong Kong in recent years. The same trend seems to be emerging in Shenzhen across the border. Located in Nanshan district in Shenzhen, about...
  • HSBC lacks space at its headquarters to meet expansion needs, which is one of the reasons it has resorted to co-working space. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why HSBC is renting co-working space

    - Sep 26, 2016 9:22am
    HSBC recently rented more than 300 desks in a co-working space in Causeway Bay for its digital and transformation team. The facility, which is located in Tower 535 in Jaffe Road, is operated by WeWork, the...
  • Local governments, developers, banks and speculators are all gaining from the sizzling property market, but society may have to pay a heavy price if the bubble bursts. Photo: China News

    China’s housing dilemma

    - Sep 23, 2016 9:47am
    China’s housing market is red-hot, with some cities having seen home prices soar 50 percent in one year. It wouldn’t be surprising if the price surges were limited to big cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen....
  • The battery explosion of Note 7 could affect Samsung’s sales of new products in the future. It has already tarnished Samsung's brand image and shaken consumer confidence. Photo: Bloomberg

    When Samsung sneezes, South Korea catches a cold

    - Sep 22, 2016 9:57am
    Samsung has been mired in numerous reports about the explosion of its Galaxy Note 7, including one incident in Hong Kong. At the same time, Hanjin Shipping Co., whose largest client is Samsung, has applied for...
  • Alibaba chairman Jack Ma is probably sacrificing its five top IT talents to highlight how Alibaba values integrity. Photo: Xinhua

    Alibaba uses mooncake ‘hacking’ incident to brush up image

    - Sep 21, 2016 11:34am
    Each year, ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival, e-commerce giant Alibaba gives each of its staff a box of mooncakes. This year the design of the box is said to be so special that many employees wanted...
  • By giving listing priority to companies from poor regions, China's securities regulator might distort the return-driven nature of the capital market. Photo: CNSA

    China’s worrying financial innovations

    - Sep 20, 2016 10:20am
    China has surpassed the west and other developed economies in online shopping, internet banking and e-payment. However, some of the country’s financial innovations are really worrying. We are referring to a move by China’s securities regulator to...
  • If Donald Trump wins and China-US relations sour, Hong Kong might play an enhanced role as a middleman between the two countries. Photo: Reuters

    Why Trump victory might not be a disaster for Hong Kong

    - Sep 19, 2016 12:08pm
    Hillary Clinton’s health has become an issue in the US presidential election after she had a fainting spell and was diagnosed with pneumonia. This may boost the chances of her rival Donald Trump. Investors should dump...
  • While corruption is a serious issue in China, the reality is that it has also served as a lubricant to get things done in the country. Photo:

    Infrastructure spending helps China despite waste and graft

    - Sep 15, 2016 12:04pm
    About half of China’s infrastructure projects do not have economic value as the costs have been larger than the benefits, according to an article published in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. The findings suggest that...
  • Thanks to medical advances and a healthy diet, many Japanese are fit as they reach 60. Photo: Bloomberg

    Land of the elderly: What Hong Kong can learn from Japan

    - Sep 14, 2016 10:21am
    Japanese are redefining the meaning of senior citizens. According to a government survey released last week, as much as 41.1 percent of Japanese believe only those above 70 should be considered senior citizens. Some draw the...

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