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Passive investing still requires some effort


More investors are putting their money in passive investment vehicles such as ETFs in recent years, which has empowered index administrators in deciding where the money will go. To gain a better understanding of these investing strategies, you may be interested in knowing whether a conflict of interest exists during the computation of stock indices.

Hong Kong, the next cashless city?


Despite Hong Kong’s mature e-payment ecology, some people are worried about the development of mobile payment. To further promote mobile payment, establishing a neutral platform, optimising the existing e-payment platform, and extending the application scenarios are some means worth to discuss.

Marine emissions: A matter of cooperation in the Greater Bay Area


Emissions from marine vessels account for the majority of sulphur dioxide emissions in Pearl River Delta cities such as Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Tackling marine emissions requires regional cooperation, for example, introducing regulations that are applied across the board. The recently announced Greater Bay Area project offers an opportunity for such kind of regional cooperation.

Can encore entrepreneurs tap into the silver hair market?


The number of encore entrepreneurs appears to have increased in recent years. Can those elders benefit from the silver hair market fuelled by the aging population? How may the Government, employers, or even the young generation support those encore entrepreneurs?

China’s Greater Bay Area Plan: How it begins and what comes next?


China’s Greater Bay Area initiative begins to take shape this year, aiming to build closer ties among Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. As Hong Kong has been economically integrating with the neighbouring cities for decades, what’s new with the Bay Area plan?

Which start-ups can benefit from the HKEX’s New Board PRO?


Start-up businesses need to undergo several rounds of financing when they expand. After they have grown to a certain scale, various types of corporate investors are able to inject capital, being listed on the market is not the only choice for these companies. Given that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) is currently suggesting the formation of a New Board PRO, what kinds of start-up companies can be attracted to raise funds via market listing in Hong Kong?

How can legitimate crowdfunding projects be distinguished from scams?


For entrepreneurs, crowdfunding can serve as a channel to finance their endeavours. Additionally, it allows entrepreneurs to test the water through gauging initial reactions of a large number of small investors to their proposals. However, small investors and entrepreneurs often never meet face-to-face, so it is difficult to distinguish whether crowdfunding efforts are legitimate, or scams in disguise. To invest money wisely, there are some tips you may find useful.

Constructing a carbon trading market to unleash the potential of the green economy


China’s national carbon trading market is very likely to commence this year, and whilst Hong Kong can provide financial and professional services to aid with transactions, it can also utilise this opportunity to construct its own local carbon trading mechanism. The sale and purchase of ‘gas waste’ through this mechanism would in turn foster the development of local environmental protection industry.

The dos and don’ts of interpreting sovereign ratings


The downgrade in China’s long-term local and foreign currency issuer ratings to A1 from Aa3, and the change of outlook to stable from negative by Moody’s, has aroused widespread concern. The credit downgrade has inevitably undermined public confidence in the economic outlook. However, a deeper understanding of the rating mechanism could help minimise unnecessary anxiety.