13 November 2019

Ko Tin-yau

Hong Kong Economic Journal columnist
  • Employees take pictures of a Volkswagen Beetle during a ceremony marking the end of production of the iconic vehicle, at an assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico, on July 10. Photo: Reuters

    Diverging fortunes of Beetle and Mini Cooper

    - Jul 15, 2019 10:30am
    The last Volkswagen Beetle car rolled off the assembly line last week, marking the end of an era of the iconic car whose history goes back to the 1930s. Meanwhile BMW revealed on the same day...
  • A father and his daughter return used bottles at a local store to get a refund of the recycling premium. Photo: Margareta Bloom Sandebäck/

    What we can learn from Sweden’s success in recycling

    - Jul 12, 2019 1:41pm
    Sweden is running out of trash thanks to advanced recycling. I visited Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, a couple of years ago. The city has adopted a system of reducing, sorting, treating and recycling waste. Local...
  • Anta has slammed a report by Muddy Waters, saying the short-seller's claims in relation to the company's operations are 'incorrect and misleading'. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Anta was barely hurt by a 106-page short-seller report

    - Jul 11, 2019 9:18am
    Anta Sports Products, the world’s third-largest sportswear company, was targeted by US short-seller Muddy Waters. Following negative reports from the short-seller, the Chinese firm saw its share price tumble 7.3 percent on Monday. But it quickly...
  • A volunteer checks whether garbage is properly sorted at a refuse collection point in Shanghai.  Photo: Xinhua

    Sorting garbage a headache for Shanghai residents

    - Jul 10, 2019 9:01am
    Shanghai has introduced mandatory garbage sorting, effective July 1.  It aims to emulate the success of similar policies in Japan and Sweden. Household waste in the city now has to be sorted into four categories: wet garbage,...
  • No matter how wealthy one has become, there won’t be a real sense of security without press freedom and  proper checks and balances. Photo: AFP

    A child molestation scandal grips Shanghai

    - Jul 9, 2019 8:46am
    Wang Zhenhua, the chairman of real estate group Future Land Development (01030.HK), was detained in Shanghai on suspicion of child molestation. According to reports, a middleman took two girls, aged 9 and 12, to a five-star hotel...
  • Mainland workers at the Conghua Racecourse in Guangzhou became upset after learning that their Hong Kong colleagues were getting higher pay. Photo: HKEJ

    Why HK integration with mainland is a double-edged sword

    - Jul 8, 2019 11:50am
    Officials, both from the central government and the Hong Kong SAR, are keen on pushing for the city’s integration with mainland China. But they may become increasingly aware that integration could bring some unwanted outcomes, too. Let’s...
  • Companies selling addictive products enjoy recurrent and resilient demand, making them attractive to investors. Photo: Reuters

    Addictive products make good investment theme

    - Jul 5, 2019 10:37am
    Companies involved in selling addictive products are often good investment targets given the recurrent and resilient demand. The latest example is China Tobacco International (06055.HK). A unit of state-owned China National Tobacco, the company floated its...
  • Future Land saw billions of dollars get wiped out from its market value following reports that its founder Wang Zhenhua (inset) has been detained by Shanghai police. Photos: Future Land, Bloomberg

    How CEOs’ personal lives can bring investment risk

    - Jul 5, 2019 10:30am
    Stock-picking can be hard. While understanding a company is challenging enough, personal conduct of CEOs can sometimes bring unexpectedly large risks. On Wednesday, the share price of Future Land Development Holdings (01030.HK) plunged 24 percent on...
  • China's relatively low disposable income per capita suggests that citizens face a heavy tax burden. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s personal income not as high as national income suggests

    - Jul 4, 2019 11:41am
    China’s per-capita gross national income (GNI) soared over 10 percent to US$9,732 last year, higher than that of middle-income countries, according to data from the National Statistics Bureau. The nation ranks 60th among 180 countries and...
  • Japan and South Korea have long been arch rivals in the technology sector. Photo: Reuters

    Japan-Korea tech war may result from US-China tariff row

    - Jul 3, 2019 10:55am
    The Japanese government announced on Monday that it would restrict the supply of three substances needed for making displays and semiconductors to South Korea. Japan controls 70 to 90 percent of the supply of these vital...
  • Vietnamese workers are considered hard-working, flexible and obedient. Photo: Reuters

    Why Trump thinks Vietnam is worse than China on trade

    - Jul 2, 2019 11:57am
    In a recent interview, US President Donald Trump called Vietnam the “single worst abuser” of trade ties with the United States, and that the country takes advantage of the US even worse than China does. Vietnam is...
  • US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that Washington and Beijing are 'about 90% of the way' toward reaching a trade deal. Photo: Reuters

    US might be the biggest loser in the tech war

    - Jun 28, 2019 10:01am
    US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that the United States and China were close to a trade deal, and that he believes the weekend talks between the two sides will help take the process...
  • A file picture shows US President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping shaking hands after issuing joint statements in Beijing in 2017. The two leaders are now preparing to meet at the G20 summit in Osaka later this week. Photo: Reuters

    Why we can be optimistic about the Xi-Trump meeting

    - Jun 26, 2019 4:44pm
    Markets are eagerly awaiting the Trump-Xi meeting that will take place at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan this week. While there is plenty of skepticism about the talks yielding a breakthrough in the trade dispute,...
  • Online pet supplies retailer Chewy is one of the recent success stories in the US IPO market. Photo: Bloomberg

    A few star performers in the US IPO market

    - Jun 25, 2019 4:53pm
    Both Uber and Lyft are well below their IPO prices, with their slide stoking concerns that the tech stock boom is coming to an end. But the fact is there have been quite a few star...
  • The young people who took part in the recent Hong Kong protests were directing their anger mostly at the local government and police, rather than Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong youth’s mixed feelings toward mainland China

    - Jun 25, 2019 11:14am
    Undeniably, China’s consumption culture and pop culture are slowly rippling into Hong Kong along with a rising China. Nowadays, Hong Kong youngsters often visit Shenzhen across the border on weekends and consider it a chic place...
  • A war of words between Yili Group and Mengniu in relation to 2022 Winter Olympics marketing activities underscores the fierce competition in China’s dairy industry. Photo:

    What a spat between China’s top dairy brands tells us

    - Jun 24, 2019 10:28am
    Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group, China’s largest dairy firm, has openly accused rival China Mengniu Dairy of buying its way into the marketing campaign for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Mengniu was criticized for paying...
  • The iPhone XR, which costs 7,599 yuan, was the best-selling smartphone model in this year's June 18 shopping festival, according to Photo: Reuters

    Loving China does not preclude loving iPhone

    - Jun 21, 2019 10:23am
    Chinese e-commerce company grossed 201.5 billion yuan (US$29.43 billion) of online sales during the June 18 shopping festival, up 27 percent from the year before. Smartphones were one of the best sellers. Last year, Honor,...
  • Waterstones posted a profit of 18 million pounds (US$22.83 million) last year, up 80 percent from the year before. Photo: Bloomberg

    The man who beat Amazon

    - Jun 20, 2019 3:53pm
    James Daunt was appointed general manager of Britain’s largest book retailer Waterstones a couple of years ago to turn the business around. Daunt did it and he is now trying to work the same magic on...
  • The Shanghai-London Stock Connect allows Shanghai-listed companies to issue shares via London’s stock market while British firms can broaden their investor base by selling shares in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

    Why Shanghai-London stock link won’t be a threat to HK

    - Jun 19, 2019 11:21am
    The long-awaited Shanghai-London stock connect went live on Monday, fueling fears that Hong Kong would lose its special status as an investment window into China. But the Shanghai-London stock connect is not the same thing as...
  • To some extent, Hong Kong has become a safe haven for fugitives. But that's one of the main attractions of our city. Photo: CNSA

    Hong Kong’s contentious extradition bill spurs capital flight

    - Jun 18, 2019 9:21am
    The Hong Kong government has decided to suspend the controversial extradition bill following massive demonstrations and clashes between protesters and police.  But the issue’s negative impact on the local economy will not simply go away. First of all,...