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Sources: MetLife preparing sale of HK insurance unit

By: Christopher Copper-Ind | 23 Jan 2018

New York-based MetLife is seeking to sell its Hong Kong insurance unit, according to reports on Tuesday. Industry analysts said the sale could raise up to $600m,…

SJP Asia lures Nexus Financial’s Harvey to succeed UK-returning Preston

By: Helen Burggraf | 23 Jan 2018

St. James’s Place Wealth Management Asia, the Singapore-based Asia operation of FTSE 100 wealth manager SJP, has lured the head of a major Singaporean rival, Nexus Financial Services…

Trio of Convoy lawsuits to be heard in tandem in Hong Kong

By: Eugene Costello | 19 Jan 2018

Three lawsuits relating to financial impropriety at Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed financial advisory firm Convoy Global will be heard together on 6 March, a judge at Hong…

New StanChart entity to invest in fintech, ‘promote innovation’

By: Helen Burggraf | 19 Jan 2018

Standard Chartered, the London-headquartered and listed banking group with a major presence in Asia, has established a new business unit that it says will promote innovation and…

South Korea considers bitcoin ban as currency takes a huge tumble

By: Eugene Costello | 18 Jan 2018

South Korea has joined a number of regulators and governments attempting to dampen bitcoin fever, in the case of the Seoul government by considering banning digital currency…

What’s in a word? US and China limit use of ‘blockchain’

By: Eugene Costello | 17 Jan 2018

The past year has seen bitcoin become a dirty word in certain quarters but now the US regulator and the Shenzen Stock Exchange have separately moved to…

Thailand unveils ‘Smart Visa’ to attract skilled expats

By: Helen Burggraf | 17 Jan 2018

At a time when a number of G20 countries have recently been tightening up on their visa programmes and other avenues used by foreigners seeking to work…

Optimism in Asia’s fund industry for 2018

By: Christopher Copper-Ind | 16 Jan 2018

Following a year of stock market rallies, good returns on risk assets, and improving economic fundamentals, 2018 seems to herald good tidings for Asia’s fund management industry,…

Holborn opens HK office following acquisition of Globaleye HK

By: Christopher Copper-Ind | 16 Jan 2018

Holborn Assets, the Dubai-based international financial advisory firm, has announced its acquisition of Globaleye Hong Kong as part of its expansion drive into Asia, International Investment can…

Hong Kong fines Swiss wealth manager HK$2m over offshore licence fails

By: Gary Robinson | 15 Jan 2018

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission has fined EFG Bank HK$2m (US$255,640) for dealing in futures contracts relating to offshore listed index options, without the necessary registration.…

Singapore’s UOB unveils digital advisory service

By: Gary Robinson | 12 Jan 2018

Clients in Singapore’s UOB Asset Management (UOBAM) can submit their financial information, obtain risk profile, and receive an investment portfolio proposal ‘in minutes’ via a new digital…

Shadowy trail behind unlicensed UK investment firm

By: Eugene Costello | 12 Jan 2018

A UK firm offering unauthorised advice to Asian investors despite not being registered to do so with the UK regulator appears to be owned by a UK…

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