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    First, Americans started spending more on their pets than their kids. Now we just don't want to be around the children at all! A survey by ModernMom.com found that if moms were given an extra hour of free time every day (which would actually be the only hour of free time they'd have), 36% would use it sleeping, 19% would like to get a manicure or massage, and only 6% would spend that extra hour with the kids.

  • A couple of weeks back, 'A Fund Affair' talked about investing in Chinese stocks. In particular, the different options open to investors who are thinking of putting money into Chinese markets. Today, we explore another investment avenue: “H” shares – Chinese companies that are listed and traded on the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index.

  • The global selloff throughout world stock markets triggered by the brief but sharp fall in the Shanghai Composite Index at the end of February has stirred up even more interest in already hot Chinese markets. This week, "A Fund Affair" features AMP Capital's China Growth Fund, which gives the investor rare access to China 'A' shares.

  • Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang on Sunday won five more years as chief executive in an election the loser called "rigged", but which followed an unprecedented campaign that tested the limits of political openness in China.

  • Hutchison Whampoa, tycoon Li Ka Shing's ports-to-telecoms flagship, posted a 40% surge in 2006 net profit on Thursday, largely in line with forecasts, on narrowing losses at its third-generation mobile telecoms business and exceptional gains.

  • Shareholders of Hutchison Telecommunications International have approved the $11.1 billion sale of a controlling stake in India's No. 4 cellular operator to Britain's Vodafone Group.

  • Cathay Pacific Airways, Asia's third-largest carrier, posted a 24% rise in net profit on Wednesday as earnings were buoyed after it bought rival Dragonair. But volatile fuel pricescurbed the increase.

  • Business activity in Hong Kong expanded at its sharpest pace since April 2000 in December, propped up by a surge in new orders driven by strong demand from mainland China.