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Hong Kong stocks up for 9th day, close at 10-year high

Jan 5 (Reuters) – Hong Kong stocks rose for a ninth straight session on Friday, aided by strong gains by real estate firms, and the benchmark Hang Seng Index closed at a 10-year high. ** Chinese appetite for Hong Kong equities, ample cash supply and optimism over share reforms could propel the city’s benchmark stock index up as much as 15 percent this year, after an already bullish run in 2017, fund managers and analysts say. ** At close of…

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From maternity leave to salary history, these new laws will help women workers

From paid maternity leave to raises for minimum wage workers, several new state and local laws that go into effect in 2018 will directly impact women workers. “It’s a really exciting time,” said Andrea Johnson, senior counsel for state policy at the National Women’s Law Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for women’s equality. “Progress has been stalled in Congress and at the federal level, but things have really been happening at the state level.” As the Trump administration…

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Quest: The heroes behind aviation’s safest year

Quest’s Profitable Moment As a road warrior who spends many days in the air, I read with keen interest the surveys showing 2017 was the safest year on record for commercial aviation (defined as the world’s commercial airliners). Sadly, there were deaths on cargo flights and in private general aviation, but there were no crashes resulting in deaths on the world’s airlines. This is in an achievement. It has only come about because of the enormous amount of hard work…

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Apple Inc to issue software patch for all devices after chipmakers disclosed hacking flaws

Inc () has said will release a software patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave computing device vulnerable to hackers. On Wednesday, Inc’s () Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown, affecting only Corp () chips, and one called Spectre affecting nearly all computer chips made in the last decade. READ: Intel shares extending Wednesday’s drop after…

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Auto Insurance – A Primer

Auto Insurance – A Primer By law, every vehicle on the road needs to be insured. How much coverage each vehicle has is up to the state and individual vehicle owner, but the bare minimum you need is bodily injury liability and property damage liability coverage. How much varies from state to state; this information will be provided by the insurance company. It is easy to save money on auto insurance if you are smart. First, obtain the same quote…

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The Challenges For Islamic Finance in Hong Kong

The Challenges For Islamic Finance in Hong Kong In my previous article, "How Does Shariah Compliance Work?" I touched upon the challenges that Hong Kong's government faces while trying to implement the required changes to establish a level playing field between traditional financial products and the alternatives presented by Islamic finance. Looking at the experience in the UK provides a useful example of the absolute potential and growth this financial services niche offers. The UK government made the establishment of…

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What to Look for in an Instant Life Insurance Quote

What to Look for in an Instant Life Insurance Quote What to look for in an instant life insurance quote can be summed up in one word: thoroughness. Most folks search for instant life insurance quotes online (after all, what’s quicker than the Internet?), which means you’re not likely to talk with a live insurance agent until the quote process is complete. So, you want the most accurate quote possible and an accurate instant life insurance quote is only possible…

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