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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - HONG KONG

    New flat launches and discounting push prices down in Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 05:24am by Peggy Sito

    ... and would be supported by increasing household income and a buoyant employment outlook. Also, there was no imminent reason for a rise in mortgage rates. This month Sun Hung Kai Properties published ...

  2. Business - Economy - HONG KONG

    Hong Kong growth expected to gather speed next year

    Posted Dec 06th 2013, 05:09am by Anita Lam

    ... market. They believe the magnitude would be moderate given Hong Kong's connection to mainland China and its leverage as an offshore yuan market. Senior rates strategist at Standard Chartered ... The two firms expected mainland economic growth to recede to around 7.3 per cent next year, although Citi projected heavier inflation of 4 per cent, which may prompt China to raise interest rates ...

  3. Business - Economy - HONG KONG

    Hong Kong remains world's freest economy, report says

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 04:31am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... 2012" report quantifies a range of "freedom ratings", including size of government, rule of law, securities, credit and labour market regulations, and hurdles to doing business. ...

  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - HONG KONG

    Hong Kong's property curbs likely to stay until prices fall further

    Posted Aug 21st 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Increased supply and rising interest rates could see prices fall by 20 per cent, but until this happens the cooling measures will likely stay in place Curbs ... these views, Bocom International property analyst Alfred Lau said increased housing supply and rising interest rates could combine to bring house prices down by as much 20 per cent over the next three ...

  5. Sport - Hong Kong - HONG KONG

    Top award a bonus as Huang revels in 'second life'

    Posted May 21st 2013, 12:00am by CHAN KIN-WA

    ... Chan Kin-wa kinwa.chan@scmp.com Kitchee's Huang delighted to pick up top award Kitchee midfielder Huang Yang won the Footballer of the Year Award, beating favourites Lee Chi-ho and Chan Wai-ho of league champions South China. Despite his short spell in Hong Kong, the highly rated former mainlander has already established his position at club level since joining Kitchee ...

  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - HONG KONG

    Second-hand home transactions hit historic lows

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Sweeteners offered by developers to shift new flats and an increase in the mortgage rate have killed interest in the secondary market Sales slump 'worse than during Sars' Home sales in the secondary market have plunged to historical lows, hit by increased mortgage rates and developers' competitive pricing strategies on new ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - HONG KONG

    Hong Kong's hollow leadership

    Posted Mar 10th 2013, 02:43pm by SIN-MING SHAW

    ... with the government’s imperious Urban Renewal Authority. Another roadblock is the Hong Kong dollar’s exchange-rate peg to the US dollar under the antiquated currency-board arrangement, a colonial relic still ... interest rates and money supply. The mantra since the handover to China in 1997 has been that this system has served Hong Kong well. But the high rate of asset inflation in Hong Kong is due partly ...

  8. Business - Economy - HONG KONG

    HKMA warns of risk to economy from soaring property prices

    Posted Dec 20th 2012, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... It said the overheating property market- fuelled by protracted negative real interest rates (the result of near-zero nominal interest rates and high inflation)- could pose a risk to homebuyers' future ability to service their mortgages, if they were forced to borrow too much compared with their income. "The extremely low interest rate environment also means the mortgage ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - HONG KONG

    Using guide and fine wines as a guide, Hong Kong flats prices likely to stall

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... sized smaller than 430 sq ft rose more than 30 per cent year-on-year. This was triple the rate of appreciation of Class E units, sized more than 1,720 sq ft, which only rose by 9.2 per cent ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - HONG KONG

    Hong Kong flat sales take hit from cooling measures

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... have doubled in the past four years, helped by low mortgage rates, an influx of mainland Chinese buyers and a lack of new flat supply. However, despite the poor overall performance ...




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