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  • China’s Tax Reform Sends Mixed Messages

    By Peter Pham - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: SNP, EWH, DSUM

    China has implemented across the board tax reforms aimed at alleviating the huge income disparity between state owned enterprises and those not connected to them by increasing their dividend payments to the state by 5% by 2015. While anything to lessen the power of SOE’s in the economy is generally a good plan economically, this aspect of the plan seems a timid first step in the direction of opening more »

  • China’s Tax Reform Sends Mixed Messages

    By Peter Pham - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: SNP, EWH, DSUM

    China has implemented across the board tax reforms aimed at alleviating the huge income disparity between state owned enterprises and those not connected to them by increasing their dividend payments to the state by 5% by 2015. While anything to lessen the power of SOE’s in the economy is generally a good plan economically, this aspect of the plan seems a timid first step in the direction of opening more »

  • China’s Tax Reform Sends Mixed Messages

    By Peter Pham - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: SNP, EWH, DSUM

    China has implemented across the board tax reforms aimed at alleviating the huge income disparity between state owned enterprises and those not connected to them by increasing their dividend payments to the state by 5% by 2015. While anything to lessen the power of SOE’s in the economy is generally a good plan economically, this aspect of the plan seems a timid first step in the direction of opening more »

  • China’s Tax Reform Sends Mixed Messages

    By Peter Pham - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: SNP, EWH, DSUM

    China has implemented across the board tax reforms aimed at alleviating the huge income disparity between state owned enterprises and those not connected to them by increasing their dividend payments to the state by 5% by 2015. While anything to lessen the power of SOE’s in the economy is generally a good plan economically, this aspect of the plan seems a timid first step in the direction of opening more »

  • China’s Tax Reform Sends Mixed Messages

    By Peter Pham - April 9, 2013 | Tickers: SNP, EWH, DSUM

    China has implemented across the board tax reforms aimed at alleviating the huge income disparity between State Owned Enterprises and those not connected to them by increasing their dividend payments to the state by 5% percentage points by 2015. While anything to lessen the power of SOE’s in the economy is generally a good plan economically, this aspect of the plan seems a timid first step in the direction more »

  • AIA’s Declaration of Asian Independence from AIG Pays Off

    By Peter Pham - April 7, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, ING, EWH

    The Asia based and focused insurance giant AIA Group (NASDAQOTH: AAIGF) remains one of the best performing Asian insurers relative to its peers. Once a part of American International Group (NYSE: AIG), AIA is now using its independence to spread its wings in the continent’s lucrative insurance market. While AIA’s peers in the West have been struggling due to sluggish economic growth and unattractive interest rates, AIA is more »

  • Developments in Southeast Asian Insurance

    By Peter Pham - March 9, 2013 | Tickers: HBC, EWH, MFC, PRU

    During the last 5 years the South East Asians are increasingly coming to understand the merits of insurance. Thus, multinational insurance companies are now becoming more confident to make huge investments in these emerging SE Asian Markets. For instance, AIA Group (1299.HK), Manulife (NYSE: MFC) and Prudential PLC (NYSE: PRU) are now competing for mid-size acquisitions in the South East Asian region totaling up to $1 billion. And there more »

  • Treasury’s Profitable Exit is AIG’s Opportunity Loss

    By Peter Pham - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, EWH, JCI

    A consortium of Chinese investors, both public and private, is purchasing an 80.1% stake in International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC), the aircraft leasing arm of American International Group (NYSE: AIG), for $4.2 billion. AIG plans to retain at least 10% of its stake in ILFC while the Chinese consortium will have the option for an additional investment that will increase its ownership to 90%. The transaction is expected more »

  • These Tigers Leap Over the BRIC Wall

    By Mike Richardson - September 6, 2012 | Tickers: BKF, EWH, EWS, EWY, EWT

    It is no secret that 75% of the money to be made resides outside the US borders.  Emerging markets have been considered the ultimate investing playground for those with the stomach for a gut-wrenching roller coaster ride.  For much of the last decade, the focus has been on a group of nations that Goldman Sachs Economist Jim O'Neil first called the "BRIC's." This quartet, comprised of Brazil, Russia more »

  • An Analysis of Barron’s 10 Stocks for 2012- Part II

    By Justin Carley - December 12, 2011 | Tickers: CMCSA, FCX, GD, EWH, EWT, LEA, PG, STX, STWD, WDC

    Yesterday I highlighted five of Barron’s ten stocks for 2012 and whether you should follow their advice or swap into a different stock.  Today I will go over their last five recommendations.