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  1. Property price inflation may lead to bust, IMF warns

    Posted Nov 19th 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warns that a correction in Hong Kong's property market is likely unless price growth is checked. It recommends an increase in stamp ... to a year after purchase. The IMF's comments on asset inflation come two weeks after Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Norman Chan Tak-lam warned that the US Federal Reserve's ...

  2. IMF says China should raise taxes, rates to curb property price gains

    Posted Dec 04th 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... The policy measures announced this year by Beijing 'at best treated the symptoms of high residential real estate inflation' but could not change the underlying structural causes, the IMF ... growth), high saving (and therefore ample liquidity), and a lack of alternative investment and property tax all work to promote excessive house price inflation,' said the IMF. The IMF proposed ...

  3. IMF predicts up to 5pc growth

    Posted Dec 24th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Tourism and Cepa boost forecast for HK The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said yesterday it expected Hong Kong's economy to grow between 4.5 per cent and 5 per cent next year, following a revised estimate of 3 per cent growth for this year. The IMF said its forecast for strong growth in Hong Kong's gross domestic product (GDP) was backed by a surge ...

  4. Threat from oil prices must be taken seriously

    Posted Oct 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for gross domestic product growth this year to 7 per cent. The same optimistic view is being applied to the global economy by the IMF. It expects 5 per cent growth worldwide this year, the fastest ... by IMF and G7 leaders will not have any immediate effect. The political conflicts that have added to price volatility and supply fears remain, while new capacity, conservation and market ...

  5. World's banker of choice

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Bank), to opening their markets to Chinese investment and recognising China as a market economy. The IMF agreed to raise China's voting rights to 6.07 per cent, from 3.65 per cent last year, behind only the US and Japan. Next month's G20 summit, under the chairmanship of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, will discuss a Chinese suggestion for IMF reform and a Sarkozy proposal ...

  6. Talking points

    Posted May 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... of voting on Sunday. Incumbent Sarkozy has been clawing back points from front-runner Hollande, whose own presidential bid has been hit by the intrusion of disgraced IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn ...

  7. HK's salaries stagnate as mainland flies

    Posted Nov 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... at US$29,802, according to data from the IMF. The mainland ranked 98th, with US$3,734. Minimal gains HK salaries may rise by 3.5 per cent, but this will be negated by inflation Real wages in Hong Kong ...

  8. 5pc inflation the price of progress

    Posted Sep 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... and rebalance the economy. Although inflationary pressure remains, tighter monetary policy and curbs on property lending and home purchases 'have been gaining traction', the IMF said, noting ...

  9. Bulls beware as studies show commodity prices set to fall

    Posted Sep 07th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Development Bank and the IMF have published the results of studies modelling the outlook for commodity markets. Both conclude prices are likely to fall. The ADB focuses on oil. It assumes that Asian ... calculates. The IMF, meanwhile, applies its model to non-fuel commodities and especially metals. It concludes that although demand for non-ferrous metals will continue to grow rapidly, new supplies ...

  10. Things always end badly when capital is mispriced

    Posted Nov 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the banking system into the informal 'shadow' market. According to Nigel Chalk, IMF country officer for China, more credit may now be finding its way into the economy through shadow lending ...




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