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  1. Rally lifts 5,000 out of negative equity hole

    Posted May 07th 2005, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... of the negative equity hole. The number of residential mortgages in negative equity fell to 14,000 by the end of March, down 27.08 per cent from the previous quarter, according to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's latest statistics. The combined value of mortgages in negative equity was $24 billion, compared with $33 billion on December 31 last year. The figures represented an 87 per cent decline ...

  2. Hong Kong's equity markets tipped to do well

    Posted Jun 09th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Taylor

    ... equity markets will perform well at least through the end of the year,' Norman Lowe, head of the wealth management division of the Delta Asia Financial Group, said. 'For China, ... the equity market should be an attractive option for investors to consider for a medium term investment.' In currency markets, the greenback is expected to remain strong until the end ...

  3. Asian equity lifts MPF out of negative territory

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kelvin Wong The Mandatory Provident Fund's (MPF) performance returned to positive territory last month, with Asia (ex-Japan) equity taking over from Pacific Basin equity ... a month earlier, according to a study by mutual fund information provider Lipper. Among the 17 fund categories, Asia equity topped with a return of 6.11 per cent, outperforming second-placed ...

  4. Insurers get road map to direct investment in equities

    Posted Feb 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu Mainland regulators yesterday issued guidelines that clear the way for up to 59.2 billion yuan of insurance funds to flow directly into the sluggish domestic stock market for the first time. The regulations, announced just before the Shanghai and S ...

  5. A leader in private equity investments

    Posted Sep 08th 2005, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... equity financing of the Shanghai-based electronic payment service provider SmartPay and the US$1billion Nasdaq initial public offering (IPO) for KongZhong, a Beijing-based wireless interactive ... companies, Morrison & Foerster is at the forefront in advising on all aspects of offshore and onshore private equity funds, as well as representing a variety of companies from seed-round ...

  6. BEA aims at bigger return on equity

    Posted Sep 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan Chairman says the bank is considering equity investment or strategic alliances with key lenders in the mainland Bank of East Asia chairman and chief executive David Li Kwok-po is aiming for a return-on-equity ratio for the bank of 14 per cent to 15 per cent, without specifying a time frame. The bank's return on equity stood at about 11 per cent in the first half ...

  7. Equity firm wins Huaxia stake in auction

    Posted Sep 07th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu Pangaea Capital Management, a new Singapore-based private equity firm, could become the first foreign investor to acquire a significant stake in a mainland bank through a share ... in mainland banking acquisitions. It was only allowed 'after repeated consultations with regulatory authorities', said a Shandong Yinxing Auction official. United States private equity fund ...

  8. No need to fear re-emergence of negative equity

    Posted Nov 16th 2005, 12:00am by Leland Sun

    ... and committed to honouring their financial obligations, even when in severe negative equity. And second, the recent high loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage financing schemes have empowered first-time buyers, ... is that new market financiers are substituting the developers' top-up financing schemes with innovative high LTV programmes. Our experience confirms that the number of negative equity mortgage ...

  9. Private equity party nears an end as gatecrashers arrive

    Posted Jun 16th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland In the world of finance, private equity is the new rock 'n' roll. Where once smart-money investors queued up to hand their cash to hot hedge funds, today they are entrusting it to private equity firms. Hedge funds these days cannot match the glamour of private equity. The reason is simple. Since 1994, according to indexer CSFB/Tremont, the typical hedge fund ...

  10. Target set for end to negative equity

    Posted Aug 06th 2005, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... the 8,700 negative equity cases accounted for less than 1 per cent of the 1.04 million properties on the market. City University finance professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung said: 'I would say ... Anita Lam Bankers and property analysts expect to see an end to negative equity by the end of the year at the earliest, after records showed cases plunging by 38 per cent in the second ...




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