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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing is only treating the symptoms, not their cause

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of sales among homeowners anxious to book their profits before the new tax came into effect. But in the longer term, a 20 per cent capital gains tax will do nothing to deter speculative buyers. ...

  2. Business - Economy - MACROSCOPE

    Flaws in Abenomics thrown into sharp relief by sales tax

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 06:10am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... in Abenomics thrown into sharp relief by sales tax For most of his first year in office, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's approval ratings stood above 70 per cent. Having led his Liberal ... economy, Abe was viewed, at home and abroad, as a national saviour. Nearly two years later, confidence in his economic plan, commonly known as "Abenomics", is rapidly waning as Abe's ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Excluding non-locals from flat sales could easily backfire

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Move threatens to bring a triple-whammy to muddy eventual downturn, turning what would have been a healthy correction into a rout Excluding non-locals from flat sales could ... research Nicole Wong and her colleagues note that between 2004 and 2009, land sales in the city declined by 70 per cent. Allowing a two-year time lag for development, they go on to point out ...

  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Tweaking of stamp duty won’t lead to big boost in home sales

    Posted May 19th 2014, 12:06pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Tweaking of stamp duty not likely to help much, with bank loans tighter and market weak Rule change may not lead to sales surge as buyers wait Would you buy a flat if the government extends the period during which you can sell your old home and still qualify for exemption from double stamp duty? Last week, the government proposed to revise the rules for double stamp ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong and Washington protesters might be worlds apart, but both have love for their home

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 05:34pm by Richard Pretorius

    ... are usually spent busing in the supporters from afar. Little is home-grown when it comes to Washington’s mass movements. But never have I ever been to an evolving protest that offered a free massage, ... and gained a much better sense of the city and people’s passions. Their love for their home is obvious, similar to most Americans who come to express their views in Washington. Many told me ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, October 19, 2014

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 04:32am by LETTERS

    ... House prices have escalated out of control I refer to the report (" Flat sales buoyant at Ma On Shan development ", October 12). Seldom does a day go by without a newspaper ... the Home Ownership Scheme. It is plain to see that there is a supply-demand imbalance in the property market, but the government is doing little to address the problem. It is not right ...

  7. Business - Economy - THE VIEW

    Sell public housing to help defuse Hong Kong protests

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 01:44pm by Richard Wong

    ... any capital gains from the sale. This aim can be achieved by reviving a modified Tenants Purchase Scheme, lowering the unpaid land premiums for Home Ownership Scheme units and combining ... the peak in 1997. The percentage of households owning private homes has increased a mere 0.6 per cent since 1991 to 35.9 per cent, while the down payment on a 400 square foot flat has jumped 15 ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must stop its arms sales to war-torn South Sudan

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:49am by JEHANNE HENRY

    ... and have supported the peace talks under way in Addis Ababa. But the sale of US$38 million worth of missiles, grenade launchers, machine guns and ammunition to the government of South Sudan, ... the "laws of war", by killing civilians in their homes and in churches, hospitals and other places they thought they would be safe, often because of their ethnicity or perceived political ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    US and China must keep politics out of business

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... York's famed Waldorf Astoria, a landmark that is the home to the US ambassador to the United Nations and hosts the president and senior officials when they visit the city. Such patronage has ... will be undertaken. Authorities, who have launched a review of the sale, worry a facelift would give an opportunity for Beijing to install secret surveillance devices. Such politicisation shows how much ...

  10. Comment - Letters

    Many Hongkongers unable to live in decent home

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 03:49am by LETTERS

    ... Many Hongkongers are unable to livein a decent home According to the United Nations, 1.6 billion people around the world live without adequate housing; of these, more than 500 million people in Asia live in slums. Poor housing affects health, education, physical security and poses myriad other challenges. A decent home provides a stable, healthy environment for our next ...




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