Greater Bay Area GDP of Hong Kong + Shenzhen + Guangzhou over $ 1 trillion

Infographic: $1 trillion GDP of Hong Kong + Shenzhen + Guangzhou in the “Greater Bay Area”

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Today’s infographic comes from Bloomberg, whose article on the soon-to-be open bridge from Hong Kong to Macau and direct high-speed train to Guangzhou included a bubble map of the relative GDPs of the “Greater Bay Area”. At the turn of the century, I lived in San Francisco where I often heard the term “Bay Area” […]

Hong Kong listed ETFs

The top 25 Hong Kong listed ETFs I’m watching in 2018H2

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I’ve been speaking at several ETF conferences this year, and was a bit surprised to see at one event most of the audience raising their hand as users of ETFs, but then most putting their hands down when asked if they traded ETFs listed on any exchanges in Asia.  For easy reference, I wanted to […]

The many different MSCI China indexes, before China A-share inclusion

MSCI China A-Share Inclusion: Understanding Different Chinese Stock Markets

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MSCI’s China A-share inclusion is one of the many themes I’ve been hearing over and over again this year.  As one of the world’s largest and most respected brands in benchmarking investment portfolios, this move means that trillions of dollars of American and European retirement funds will now be required to buy more Chinese stocks, […]

US Equity REITs vs Mortgage REITs - owners made 13x as much as lenders

US Equity REITs vs Mortgage REITs vs Physical Property: 2 charts

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I’ve spoken and written extensively on real estate investment trusts (REITs), but just came across these two charts comparing the performance of US equity REITs vs mortgage REITs, and the long-term total return of US REITs vs physical real estate. Chart #1: Performance of equity REITs vs mortgage REITs Equity REITs own properties, and collect […]

Top US Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by Dividend Yield and Growth

Top 12 US Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by Dividend Yield and Growth

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So far, many of the most read posts on this website have been my lists of real estate investment trusts (REITs), especially my post this time least year about the top 200 US real estate investment trusts by market cap.  As mentioned, US REITs and REIT funds tend to be especially well suited to IRA, […]

Photo: DBS star ferry ad in Hong Kong captures UBS, AXA, and Pru in one shot

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When taking this quick snapshot of Singapore’s DBS bank’s “full boat” on Hong Kong’s star ferry this weekend, I noticed that by chance, the background also happened to include competitors ranging from Swiss bank UBS to French and British insurers AXA and Prudential, respectively. I wouldn’t say this photo alone is a sign that Hong […]

HKMC Annuity provides guaranteed income for life for Hong Kong

HKMC Annuity guarantees fixed income for life – is it a good deal?

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This month, HKMC Annuity Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the HKSAR Government’s own Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation, closes its first subscription round for the HKMC Annuity policy that promises a guaranteed fixed income for life for Hong Kong permanent residents aged 65 and older.  According to the HKMC Annuity plan calculator, a 65 year […]

Interactive Brokers transfer positions

How to transfer shares to Interactive Brokers

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Most transfers into GFM-managed Interactive Brokers accounts are in cash, but occasionally we are asked how to transfer shares to Interactive Brokers accounts.  Below are some quick how-to steps which will hopefully be a helpful supplement to those posted on other websites.  These instructions should work for shares of stock and ETFs, as well as […]

Vanguard sets ETFs trading costs to zero

Vanguard sets 1,800 ETFs’ trading costs to zero today: Time to move all your money over?

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About a month ago, Vanguard surprised clients and investment advisors (of which I am both) with the announcement that starting in August 2018 (today), Vanguard would offer free trading on almost 1,800 exchange traded funds (ETFs), all but a handful of which are those of Vanguard’s competitors.  Although I have earlier argued that even paying […]