Coping With Offline Snoops

Coping With Offline SnoopsA good friend prompted me recently to consider a new promising business -- selling and renting tents – SCIF tents, or “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility” tents. His suggestion is reminiscent of the 1967 Hollywood movie The Graduate, where the fresh graduate Benjamin, played by Dustin Hoffman, is given “one word” of advice by his father’s…

Monopoly Takes Hong Kong’s Economic Heights

Monopoly Takes Hong Kong’s Economic HeightsMonopoly marches on in supposedly competitive Hong Kong as a few families entrench themselves ever deeper into the sinews of the economy. The telecoms sector, once a beacon of competition, is about to become increasingly dominated by the family of Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, which already controls a large chunk of the property development…

Global Experts Still Need Local Knowledge

Global Experts Still Need Local KnowledgeFor quite some time the economic development profession has gone global in a rather grandiose way. Those quick with pronouncements on global development issues get the maximum attention, rise to the top of the profession, and may even get to hobnob with international celebrities and philanthro-capitalists. The premium has been on finding global patterns in…

Cross-border China-HK Share Trading On the Cards?

Cross-border China-HK Share Trading On the Cards?Beijing appears ready to approve a long-awaited “south through-train” program allowing qualified domestic individual investors unfettered access to Hong Kong’s stock market, with the possibility that it will be followed by a “north through train” in the near future allowing Hong Kong residents into the Shanghai market. Although no official announcement has been made, it…