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  1. Business - Money

    Market Wrap: Hang Seng falls for first time in 4 days

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 07:17pm by Jeanny Yu

    ... Jeanny Yu Hong Kong shares fell for the first time in four days in thin trade, retreating from the biggest weekly gain in more than two months, as investors took profits on recent outperformers. The benchmark Hang Seng Index opened higher but retreated after approaching the physiological level of 22,000. The gauge closed down 52.17 per cent, or 0.24 per cent, to finish ...

  2. Comment - Letters

    What's being said on scmp.com

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 03:36am by LETTERS

    ... On property speculators snapping up small flats while prices have become too high for first-time buyers: whoaman- Unbelievable, yet typical. This is Hong Kong, the city of greed. These aren't "investors", they're leeches. HK-Explorer- The top 30 per cent of residents are so flush with cash they don't know what to do with it. What else can they buy other than ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Property market still open to loopholes

    Posted May 16th 2014, 03:03am by Alex Lo

    ... at the same time. This shows the government recognises a loophole. Granted, it's not a big one. The waiver only applies if you are a first-time flat buyer or own no property at the time ... then buy a new one, now extended by a few months as a concession. First-time buyers also qualify for the refund. Such waivers for buyers of uncompleted flats may extend up to three years. Now ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Trend towards building smaller flats is not a healthy sign

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of most aspiring homebuyers. You may grow richer but the flat you live in doesn't necessarily get bigger, only more expensive. As for most aspiring first-time buyers, tiny flats ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHO SAID IT?

    Who said it?

    Posted Oct 02nd 2014, 04:29am by STAFF

    ... Words aren't strong enough for the outrage I feel for the safety of the president and his family US congressman Jason Chaffetz, on a convicted felon sharing a lift with the US president   I thought at the time I could die. It was the first time I got the taste of tear gas Veteran democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming on his Occupy Central experience   I am deeply sorry to everyone ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong’s middle class priced out of the housing market

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 08:13pm by LINA VYAS

    ... little help from the government, yet many cannot afford private housing on their own. Buying a home is expensive in Hong Kong. Even very small apartments cost a fortune, and the first-time buyer is required to pay 30-50 per cent of the price as down payment. The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation (HKMC) offers mortgage insurance that allows the first-time buyers to pay just 10 per cent ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Developers lure buyers into paying more with tricks

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 02:12am by Sandy Li

    ... as of Sunday, 82 of them were restricted to local buyers, who need not pay the 15 per cent buyer's stamp duty. For local permanent residents, who are first-time buyers, they will receive up to a 17 ... Sandy Li Sun Hung Kai's offer to subsidise stamp duty for buyers of The Cullinan was a slick manoeuvre Developers lure buyers into paying more with tricks Hong Kong developers ...

  8. Sport - Racing

    Beginner's luck beggars belief as Happy Valley returns

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 09:24pm by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... Valley is a candy store for adults. The only thing missing is HKJC chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges singing The Candy Man Taking anyone to Happy Valley racecourse for the first time ... can make equals of men (or women, in this case). It’s a far cry from the young woman who went to the races for the first time 30 years ago next week. Go back to Flemington, Derby Day, 1984. ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Legislators must work for the greater good

    Posted Oct 25th 2014, 04:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Legco must work for greater good When lawmakers snub meetings to enjoy breakfast, and when private business trips come before official duties, something is clearly amiss in our legislature. Just two weeks into the new session, the weekly sitting on Thursday could not even begin, as more than half of the seats were empty. This was not the first time ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHO SAID IT?

    Who said it?

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:46am by STAFF

    ... nerves because this is the first time for me but I just want to get myself properly prepared Kei Nishikori, who became the first Japanese player to reach a grand slam final after beating Novak ...




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