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  1. It's buyer beware when acquiring mainland companies

    Posted Apr 27th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... piqued by reform in the A-share market which for the first time allows foreign strategic investors to acquire sizeable stakes in mainland-listed companies. According to Maurice Hoo, a partner ... Tom Holland Buying into Chinese companies is getting easier and the number and scale of attempted purchases by foreign buyers is only likely to increase. Even so, investors hoping ...

  2. Transparency the right first step on home sales

    Posted Oct 24th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Soaring prices that put flats beyond the reach of an increasing number of first-time buyers have raised pressure on officials to address public disquiet about the property market. ... That was reflected in the recent policy address by the chief executive, who announced modest measures to ensure a stable land supply for housing and help renters eventually become buyers. Unfortunately ...

  3. Gold exchange opens trading to individuals

    Posted Nov 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... haven. Investors were given the green light to buy and sell gold bars on the exchange from yesterday, the bourse said in a statement. It is the first time that mainland residents have been ... on the exchange if they chose and not collect it from the warehouse, the statement said. If a buyer takes the bullion from the warehouse, the gold cannot be traded on the bourse any more. 'The ...

  4. Renewed confidence

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Richard Watt

    ... are really aimed at first time entry level buyers, will slow down the market,' says Amous Lee, director of international investment at Knight Frank. 'They will not have a major effect ... Wong, head of residential at Jones Lang Lasalle, Singapore. The return of interest, she explains, is coming from buyers who are looking for value buys and properties in the mass market ...

  5. Professionals can help reduce risk

    Posted Apr 12th 2008, 12:00am by Bernard Wan

    ... to foreign customers, especially if they are first-time clients. Even though information about the global market is readily accessible through the internet and numerous publications, it can still ... of non-payment arising from commercial and political events. Local exporters can also work with their banks which can check credit history of buyers and offer advice on account terms to avoid payment ...

  6. Winner gives competitors lesson in risk-aversity

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... for a first-time buyer that can form a core holding with low volatility because of its diversification,' she said. When one dominant market falls, others invariably follow, Ms Cheung added, so hedging ...

  7. Property soars in city of glass towers

    Posted Jul 01st 2003, 12:00am by Al Campbell

    ... by record-low mortgage rates, a rush by first-time buyers to get in the market and the city's bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Mortgage rates, which dropped as low as 4.75 per cent early ... financing for first-time buyers in the form of 95 per cent financing and 5 per cent cash back. The Royal Bank of Canada is predicting its prime rate will be 6.25 per cent by the year-end. Ed Wong, ...

  8. Rates shackle runaway sales

    Posted Oct 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... home owners and buyers fell for the first time since March last year. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's BRE Confidence Index for residential property scored 704 out of 1,000, down ... director at Ricacorp Properties, said the increases had already hit the market and the situation could worsen. 'Further rate increases would hit the low-priced market, where buyers will suffer ...

  9. Expect a rebound, say agents

    Posted Sep 05th 2008, 12:00am by Lee Wing-Sze

    ... Rising inflation and economic slowdown weakens sector but hopes are high for fourth-quarter recovery. Reports by Lee Wing-sze Hong Kong is drifting into an economic slowdown for the first time in five years due to rising inflation and the global economic downturn. And the property market is usually one of the first sectors to be affected by economic downturns. But, despite ...

  10. Striking the right balance

    Posted Jun 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a private company goes public. A company sells a portion of itself, normally around 20 to 30 per cent, to investors via the stock market. This is the first time the general public has had the chance ... appetite is, and decide if the timing is right to sell the shares in the company. Buyers and bankers New shares are sold to individual investors as well as institutional investors, who buy ...




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