Category Archives: investments

2014: A stellar year for the internet industry – Paul Gillis

China´s economic growth might no longer be double digits, the internet industry keeps on booming, says financial expert Paul Gillis at Aljazeera. Successful IPO´s contributes, although the companies did not really need money, says the accounting professor.

Diversification helps profits real estate firms – Sara Hsu

Dropping housing prices have put pressure on real estate firms. But while smaller companies might fail, larger ones try to remain profitable by sometimes daring diversification of their investments, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat.

China´s richest in 2014: Jack Ma or Wang Jianlin – Rupert Hoogewerf

For a short while Alibaba´s chairman Jack Ma looked like he was heading for the position of richest person in China in 2014. But at the end of the year, Wanda chairman Wang Lianlin is contesting that position, as he brings two firms to the Hong Kong stock exchange, tells China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf to WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu.

China business: build on your local partner – Marc van der Chijs

When China entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs moved to Vancouver two years ago, he had already a history of Chinese start-ups under hit belt, including China´s largest video hosting firm Tudou. As VC he remains active in China from Canada, he tells, but misses the daily business vibe of the country.

´China´s Second Continent´in New York Times Notable books – Howard French

The bestseller by former New York Times correspondent Howard French, China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa , has been picked by the New York Times section of “Notable books of 2014”

Is the Hong Kong-Shanghai Connect a ghost train? – Sara Hsu

While it is too early to judge on the success or failure of the Hong Kong-Shanghai Connect between both stock exchanges, financial analyst Sara Hsu says the first signs are not living up to the initial hype, in The Diplomat. It is an important first step, she writes.

China firms going international: friend or foe? – Joel Backaler

Chinese companies going abroad are mostly new kids at the block for domestic and international companies. How to look at them, was a question consultant Joel Backaler, author of China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global often got. His third installment of his post-Europe trip.

China plans sweeping foreign investment reforms – Xu Ping

At the end of last year, China promised drastic reforms for aid foreign investments. Xu Ping, lawyer at King&Wood Mallesons calls those plans “sweeping” in a review of the “2014 Draft” that has been released, although many restrictions remain in place.

Hong Kong needs to strengthen its accounting rules – Paul Gillis

Fishy listings from Chinese firms have become a problem for the Hong Kong stock exchange. Hong Kong needs to strengthen its rules to get their act together, says accounting professor Paul Gillis at Its new 2012 rules might not be enough. Chinese companies have to be forced to tell the whole story.

Why do Chinese companies want to go international? – Joel Backaler

Since the Chinese domestic market is so huge, why to Chinese companies bother to go international. Author Joel Backaler of China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global gave last month 14 presentations seven European cities. And this was the most asked question.