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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.

Are you sharing the fruits of the sharing economy?


The sharing economy, popularised by the likes of Airbnb and Uber, has enjoyed remarkably rapid growth in recent years. Some projections put the sector’s revenues at US$335 billion globally by 2025. However, the implementation of the sharing economy has also produced many side-effects, which may not fulfil the promise of a better tomorrow.

Affordable luxury market: Booster for local retail sales?


The local retail industry has faced some difficult years in the rough-and-tumble environment, with the slump in the traditional luxury goods market particularly pronounced. The consumption power of Mainland consumers who propped up Hong Kong's luxury goods market appears to be vanishing, but the other side of the coin is their consumption preferences have shifted to the booming affordable luxury market. Can the city’s retail sales revive by adapting to the change?

Travel better for less: How to regulate online travel agencies?


Buying air tickets or booking hotels via online travel agencies is now a fairly common practice amongst Hongkongers. At the same time, official figures show that the areas online consumers complained the most were related to travel matters and hotels. How might the authorities, industry practitioners and consumers tackle this issue? 

Robo-advice: Is it trustworthy?


Robo-advisor services are popping up across the world, and are touted as capable of understanding clients’ needs, constructing investment portfolios or even investing on clients’ behalf. What are the pros and cons of using robo-advisors? What needs to be considered when regulating their services?