Judgement Year for China

After effectively ten years of downgrading economic growth downgrades – when are we going to see a recovery? published in the SCMP:        20170106 The year of judgment, 6 Jan, 2017     You can promise so much for only so long. Chinese economic growth has been falling continuously for over 8 years…

Shenzhen Hong Kong Stock Connect is here!

Latest news from my friends at East Capital – China Environmental Fund. The through train has arrived. Shenzhen-HK Stock Connect is here!  

Where have all the young men gone – Hong Kong men do a disappearing act

Published in the South China Morning Post, Most Read Disappearing act, 22 July, 2016   It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Hong Kong woman in possession of a good fortune does not need a man. Apologies to Jane Austen, but why should she, when has everything? Many young professional women in Hong…

Sixty Glorious Years – Learning About Business From HK

The best decade for Hong Kong was the 1980’s. In the SCMP: The Winning Formula for HK This is my Fire Monkey year. In the next week, I hit sixty. What has HK has taught me about business in the last six decades? Hong Kong started as a byword for product and service – doing a…

HK Has Lost Its Cool

Competition barely exists in Hong Kong. The city has lost its edge by pandering to modernism and depending too much on mainland customers. In the SCMP: Hong Kong has lost its cool…  The main game is blame in Hong Kong these days. It is always someone else’s fault. Our problems are much more basic than…

The Economic Cost Of Traffic. Clogged Up Thinking.

Our city is becoming harder and harder to get around. There are solutions to the problem, but it needs the political will to find them. In the SCMP: Clogged-up thinking is not helping to solve traffic crisis  A free parking space in Statue Square for my parent’s antiquated Austin 1300 was getting hard to find…

The ABC’s of Free Trade. The Treaties that Tie.

From the ‘Belt and Road’, to TPP, AIIB, and numerous others – an alphabet soup of geopolitical initiatives have kept Asian leaders busy travelling. The geopolitical initiative is having more comebacks than Frank Sinatra.   First up is “the Belt and Road” – of which the Belt is a proposed highway retracing the trading path of…

Unhappy and Underemployed – Politics For The People

Beware of future policy changes In the last few years, I have seen many resumes of excellent financial professionals whose careers are broken. Until 1997, and the Asian financial crisis, most professional careers did rather well. People had worthwhile jobs and they were motivated, hardworking and diligent. Since that date, exacerbated by 2002 (because of SARS) and 2008 …read more