2013 Asian Financial Forum

“Asia: Shaping the Next Global Landscape”
14-15 January, 2013, Hong Kong 

The lingering souvereign debt crisis in the Eurozone, a tepid recovery in the US, and the slowdown in emerging markets continue to have profound impact on the global economy. AFF 2013 will focus on how Asia is shaping the next global landscape and what business strategies companies may adopt under this new economic order.

Organised by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, AFF 2013 will feature some of the world’s most influential leaders in government, financial and business sectors and they include:

  • Dai Xianglong, Chairman, National Council for Social Security Fund (invited)
  • Charles L. Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government
  • Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh, Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia
  • Saeb Eigner, Chairman, Dubai Financial Services Authority
  • Ning Gaoning, Chairman, COFCO
  • Pan Shiyi, Chairman, SOHO China Ltd

… and many more.

In addition, the Chamber would like to offer a very special discount of 40% (original fee: HKD 7,400) for a limited quota to our members. To reserve your seats, please register online with the following registration code: CNT194

Direct link: http://ocrs.hktdc.com/AFF/en/AFF_Register_en.htm

For the most updated information about the AFF, please visit www.asianfinancialforum.com.


Canada’s housing affordability rises

Falling home prices and an uptick in household income made Canadian home ownership slightly more affordable in the third quarter, but the longer-term trend is largely unchanged, according to a report by RBC Economics released on Thursday.

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RBC Tops Banks Defying Slowdown With Deal Fees

Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto- Dominion Bank (TD) and other Canadian lenders will report quarterly profit growth of as much as 17 percent, demonstrating the banks’ resilience even as the world’s 11th-largest economy slows.

Market-related revenue such as trading and advisory fees will be the highest in at least five quarters, said Sumit Malhotra, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Markets in Toronto. The banks begin reporting results for the fiscal fourth quarter on Nov. 29, starting with Royal Bank.


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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins on BlackBerry 10, QWERTY keyboards and changing cultures (video)

January 30th, 2013 marks the beginning of a new era for RIM. It will put to rest those doubters who questioned whether the company could survive long enough to complete its painful transition away from BlackBerries past and onto BlackBerry 10. The question then becomes what the market will do with this wholly new OS — whether RIM can be more successful at regaining its former smartphone stature than Microsoft has thus far proven to be with its own mobile OS reboot.


Watch the interview here: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/19/RIM-CEO-thorsten-heins-interview/

Bonhams sets world record of £603,837 for an exceptional Leica lexus 1 camera from 1930

Bonhams unique sale of Leica cameras in Hong Kong today. November 23, the first such auction sale of its kind, produced strong results with more than 85 per cent sold and the top item in the sale going for a staggering £603,837 (HK$7,460,000) a world record for this particular rare Leica model. 

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