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Why is global investors’ fossil fuel divestment not having the desired effect on China’s carbon emissions?

Western institutional investors who have joined the coal divestment movement are finding it difficult to pressure Chinese companies to reduce their carbon footprint despite Beijing’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.Analysts say there are two main reasons for this: China is yet to implement plans to cap carbon emissions and, more importantly, Chinese miners and power producers do not rely on foreign funding.The Paris accord sets out a global action plan to reduce greenhouse emissions and put… Source link

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China’s state-owned firms under pressure from foreign investors to boost transparency

The increased participation of foreign investors in China’s domestic stock and bond markets is putting pressure on state-owned enterprises to increase their transparency and efficiency, but bringing them into line with global standards will take time, analysts said.Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) often serve political policy ends – such as ensuring financial stability and supporting the real economy – as much as commercial objectives. The government also maintains SOEs as a safeguard… Source link

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US, European institutional investors plan to pile into China’s capital markets, survey finds

About 70 per cent of US and European institutional investors plan to invest in China’s capital markets this year via exchange-traded funds or through the mainland-Hong Kong connect programmes, according to a survey by Brown Brothers Harriman.Behind the rush is MSCI’s inclusion of A-shares starting last year and Bloomberg Barclays inclusion of mainland bonds in its benchmark index on April 1, said Chris Pigott, head of Hong Kong ETF services at the US private bank.MSCI this year will increase… Source link

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Hong Kong may boost start-up ecosystem by offering more incentives to overseas angel investors, says financial secretary

Hong Kong will consider offering more incentives to attract overseas angel investors to the city, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said on Sunday.Writing in his personal blog, Chan said angel investors – private-equity fund managers that provide the first round of funding for newly created companies – were important to the ecosystem driving innovation and developing Hong Kong’s technology industry. At the moment, these investors are operating mainly outside the city.“Angel investors can… Source link

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Is 5G the ‘next big thing’ for investors?

The global 5G race has set off a powerful rally in Chinese telecom stocks. And what we’re seeing now may just be the beginning of exceptional opportunities for savvy investors, analysts and traders say.As countries around the world race towards a 5G future of driverless cars and wired homes, Chinese telecommunications equipment makers and suppliers are scrambling to make their mark.Chinese network operators are set to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on buying new 5G base stations over the… Source link

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Aesthetics doctor Georgia Lee denies using celebrity status to convince investors, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Well-known aesthetics doctor Georgia Lee on Thursday (April 11) rejected suggestions that she had used her celebrity status as a selling point to attract investors to inject funds into her skincare brand. Dr Lee was testifying in a lawsuit brought against her and three of her companies by a movie and TV producer seeking refund of a $2 million investment. Ms Anita Hatta alleges that Dr Lee had misled her into parting with her money in 2012 by inflating sales revenue, overstating her own investment and exaggerating the…

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Global investors to fully adopt green investments by 2030 as trend gathers pace, finds survey

Green investment is set to take off in the next three years and will become integral to institutional investors’ approach by 2030, according to a report by Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) released on Wednesday.Green investment strategy, also known as environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach, refers to financial investments that can help reduce pollution and have a positive impact on society.More than 70 per cent of the 450 institutional investors managing US$15 trillion worth of… Source link

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Investors open many new accounts in March – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Investors tend to flock to open new accounts when VN-Index touch its peak. — Photo ndh.vn HÀ NỘI — As many as 21,265 new accounts of domestic investors were opened in March, the highest number since April 2018 when the VN-Index reached its peak of 1,200 points. According to the Việt Nam Securities Depository Center (VSD), the number included 21,176 individual accounts and 89 organisational accounts. In March, the market experienced fairly positive movements, including the time the benchmark VN-Index on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock…

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Hong Kong investors turn to outer London areas in search of growth potential

Hong Kong property investors remain interested in London but are increasingly looking at either high-end properties in the city centre or at non-prime areas, agents said.A weak pound and low interest rates are helping to offset an ­increase in stamp duty implemented in 2016, keeping interest in the city alive.“Apart from the very central locations, we are actually seeing some buyers are interested in those much cheaper options,” said Mandy Wong, head of international residential at JLL in Hong… Source link

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Investors, developers eye Hong Kong industrial buildings built before 1987 after city relaxes conversion policy

Property owners, investors and developers are taking advantage of a recent policy relaxation by the Hong Kong government, which seeks to encourage the conversion of old industrial buildings for commercial purposes, to generate higher rents and resale prices.Hong Kong textiles company Lawsgroup, for instance, last week began demolition at Maxwell Industrial Building, a property it owns in Kwun Tong, after receiving approval from the city’s Town Planning Board last month. It acquired the property… Source link

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