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  1. Like it or not, Hong Kong will stay shackled to the US dollar

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... pushed up Hong Kong home prices by 50 per cent since the beginning of last year (see the second chart), making it a lot tougher for would-be buyers to get a leg-up onto the city's property ... with Tom Holland A reader writes in concerned at recent media reports that Hong Kong should ditch its long-standing currency link to the US dollar and instead peg the Hong Kong dollar ...

  2. Right on cue, the rain falls for Hong Kong's Noah's Ark

    Posted May 17th 2009, 12:00am by Mathew Scott

    ... Properties and now operated by an advisory committee set up by the construction giant and the government. 'We think this is different from anything else in Hong Kong,' said Spencer Lu ... Mathew Scott When it started raining at 9.30am yesterday, it wasn't exactly coming down in biblical proportions but it was still fitting, as the gates were opening on Hong Kong ...

  3. Hong Kong Faces

    Posted Apr 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... many westerners face when they arrive in Hong Kong- and she should know, because her occupation brings her into close touch with new arrivals. Calling herself a 'SignatuRep', she ... in the UK for four months, she felt it was time to move on. 'A friend of mine lived in Hong Kong. She said, 'You may like Hong Kong. It is a cosmopolitan place and provides opportunities ...

  4. Bears lurk in the woods as property market arrives at crossroads

    Posted Aug 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the Sars-induced nadir, Hong Kong has experienced a remarkable bounce. Mass market prices have climbed almost 50 per cent while certain luxury properties have almost hit 1997 highs. Negative equity may ... of deflation turned Hong Kong investors into some of the most significant marginal buyers in property markets from Sydney to London's West End. Yet with the world's Anglo-Saxon centres ...

  5. Hot money drives HK's property boom

    Posted Dec 04th 2009, 12:00am by Kate Watson

    ... Kate Watson The inflow of HK$567 billion into Hong Kong between October last year and this October is a simple demonstration of what surplus liquidity can do to property prices. There has ... of primary and secondary offerings in property-related shares. These developments are perpetuating Hong Kong's next boom-bust property cycle. But it's a pattern that is well established. ...

  6. 'Hong Kong boys' face floods probe

    Posted Dec 08th 2004, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila The two are suspects in widespread illegal logging blamed for last week's disaster Two businessmen known as the 'Hong Kong boys' are under ... 1,400 people dead or missing last week. Officials said the devastation was exacerbated by widespread illegal logging. Officials had few details about the men's links to Hong Kong, Mr ...

  7. Why property prices won't go away as a talking point

    Posted Mar 16th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Often it seems as if there is only ever one topic of conversation in Hong Kong: the city's property market. The angle of approach might change from time to time. One ... Opponents say a government home building programme would flood the market and trigger a property market crash. Both arguments need examination. Firstly, it's undeniable that home prices in Hong ...

  8. Property selling despite curbs, agents say

    Posted Nov 21st 2010, 12:00am by Ada Lee, Charlotte So

    ... Charlotte So and Ada Lee The Hong Kong government's new cooling measures may curb short-term property speculation in the medium to lower end of the market, but its effect on luxury ... investment would create a fundamental change for Hong Kong as an international financial centre. In a bid to stem rampant property prices, which rose 15 per cent in the first nine months, ...

  9. Tighter lending expected to hit property sales

    Posted Jan 07th 2010, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... the market. Lee Wee Liat, a senior property analyst at Nomura International (Hong Kong), said the rule requiring 40 per cent down for the purchase of second homes was not strictly enforced by local ... Sandy Li The mainland is expected to tighten lending for the purchase of second homes as it imposes tougher measures to rein in soaring property prices, a move that agents believe could ...

  10. Mainland property bust may be about to get a lot worse

    Posted Jun 05th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... buyers' down payments, while others are targeting the offshore market in Hong Kong; a sure sign of desperation. The concern now is that other cities which also saw heady price rises last year will follow Shenzhen's lead into a property bear market. Investors are clearly nervous, and have bailed out of Hong Kong-listed mainland developers. Country Garden Holdings, for example, ...




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