It gives us great pleasure to introduce the new DBA Marketing Communication Manager Sophie den Hartog. “I am looking forward continuing Martine’s work here at the DBA.”

Name Change to The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

On 17 January 2017 an Extraordinary General Meeting was held with the members of the association for the passing of a special resolution relating to the proposed name change to “The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong”. We are pleased to announce that the corporate representatives and authorized representatives voted unanimously in favour of the name change. Once the Companies Registry has registered the name, the name change will be effectuated. We will keep you posted on further developments such as new logo, web address etc.

Extraordinary General Meeting: 17 January 2017

All Members of the DBA are invited to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), which will be held on Wednesday 17 January 2017. In accordance with the Articles of Association the Board would like to hold an EGM to put forward a proposal for the name change of the company from the Dutch Business Association to The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Please note that only the corporate representatives of Gold and Corporate Members are entitled to vote.

Christmas & New Year Holidays

The DBA office will be closed from January 2nd 2017 until January 8th 2017.
We wish you Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Bitcoin has moved another step towards mainstream investing with the start of trading on the huge Chicago Mercantile Exchange financial futures market.

It comes as the value of the digital currency approached $20,000 on Sunday, before drifting below $19,000.
Last week, Chicago's CBOE exchange began Bitcoin futures trading - bets on a future price - but CME is far bigger.
On Sunday, the chairman of UBS bank and former Bundesbank head Axel Weber joined the chorus of Bitcoin warnings.
"Bitcoin is not money," he said in an interview, and urged regulators to intervene.

‘I love doing battle’: The tough guy who made $750m

With his thick, working class Boston accent, David McCourt doesn't immediately come across as a successful entrepreneur with a personal fortune of $750m (£589m).
If you ever saw the 58-year-old drinking in an Irish bar in his native "Southie", the blue collar southern part of the US city, you'd be minded not to annoy him.
He looks like a tough guy who doesn't tolerate fools; you'd guess he was an off-duty policeman, fireman, or construction boss.

How fancy dress shops predicted a Trump victory

While Donald Trump's US presidential election victory was a hair-raising shock for many people, owners of fancy dress shops had been predicting it for weeks.
When most pollsters and political pundits said Hillary Clinton would win last week, they were in fact ignoring an unusual but perhaps key statistic in the 2016 race for the White House - sales of wigs modelled on the hairstyles of the two candidates.
And in the battle of the wigs Donald Trump won, not by a hair's breadth but by a country mile.