Date
23 July 2019

Ko Tin-yau

Hong Kong Economic Journal columnist
  • The proposed SkyCity mall will be built near Terminal 2 on the airport island which is currently a temporary golf course. Photo: Airport Authority Hong Kong

    Airport mall or Buddhaland? Take your pick

    - May 26, 2015 1:42pm
    I have known Vincent Lo for a number of years and I have admired his perseverance. At the end of May, the chairman of property conglomerate Shui On Group, will step down as chief of the Airport Authority. (Lo...
  • Next Media said print advertising revenue dropped 23 percent for fiscal year 2015. Photo: Reuters

    Next Media profit warning reflects tough times for media sector

    - May 8, 2015 5:45pm
    Next Media Ltd. (00282.HK) has issued a profit warning for the fiscal year ended March 31, a somewhat shocking announcement given that the company had reported HK$100 million in profit for the interim period ended September. Affiliated...
  • Hong Kong could be facing the triple whammy of declining mainland visitors, a cooling bull market, and a peaking property sector. Photo: Bloomberg

    What Hong Kong will be like when bull market ends

    - Apr 15, 2015 4:10pm
    The bull market will help create jobs and wealth in Hong Kong, and offset the negative impact of a sluggish tourism sector. However, the city could be facing a triple whammy in the coming years. Chinese...
  • DCH Holdings operates an e-commerce business in the Shanghai free trade zone. Photo: HKEJ

    Why this DCH unit is a potential game changer

    - Apr 10, 2015 11:59am
    Dah Chong Hong Holdings (01828.HK) has a conservative, old-school image but its new e-commerce venture could change that. At present, the two major businesses of the 66-year-old group — food trading and car dealership — are...
  • Guangfa Securities' Hong Kong share sale is 45 times oversubscribed. The company is expected to price the IPO at a steep discount to its A shares. Photo: hbhjrw.com

    Why Guangfa IPO is being offered at a steep discount

    - Mar 27, 2015 6:18pm
    Guangfa Securities, China’s fourth largest brokerage, has attracted a big number of investors for its Hong Kong initial public offering. The broker is expected to price the shares at HK$18.85, the top end of an indicative...
  • Right education and an early start are key for success in today’s business and professional environment. Photo: Bloomberg

    How to make a million before you turn 33

    - Mar 25, 2015 5:05pm
    There are at least 56,000 Hongkongers who have liquid assets of HK$10 million or more, according to a survey from Citibank and the University of Hong Kong’s Social Sciences Research Centre. The multimillionaires are 58 years...
  • 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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