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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTMENT

    China bond sale suffers setback amid expected of rate rises

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 12:59am by BLOOM

    ... to sell all the bonds offered at an auction yesterday for the first time in 10 months amid speculation that short-term interest rates will climb as corporate tax payments tie up funds. ... compared with the median estimate of 3.4 per cent in a survey on Thursday, when the yield on similar-maturity existing notes was 3.32 per cent. Commercial banks need to transfer corporate tax ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - INVESTMENT

    Reits aiming to cash in on relaxation of rules

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 04:34am by Yvonne Liu

    ... policy proposals covering a range of issues, including the regulation of the reit market. The council recommended rental incomes accrued to reits should be exempt from profit tax. It also ... profit taxes on rental income. But it is also the most significant proposal. The government will earn increased revenue in the end if the reit market is able to grow." Karl Choi, an analyst ...

  3. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    How to go beyond blindly following Warren Buffett's investment tips

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 01:26am by Reuters

    ... it should be noted that the S&P index returns are pre-tax, while Berkshire's are after taxes, so Buffett still has the edge in the long term. Still, would it make sense to invest ... in a short-term Treasury or corporate bond or money-market fund. Look to have part of an income portfolio in European and emerging-markets bonds, municipal bonds and Treasury inflation-protected ...

  4. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Boost reits creation in Hong Kong, adviser urges

    Posted Dec 02nd 2013, 05:19am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Veteran banker says strict regulations and a profits tax on rental income are why the city lags global markets for listings of the trusts Boost reits creation ... to a veteran investment banker. Morgan Stanley Asia-Pacific co-chief executive Bill Strong said overly strict regulations and a profits tax on rental income are the primary reasons why Hong Kong lags ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTMENT

    Mainlanders use ‘free money’ from Hong Kong banks to earn higher returns at home

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 09:34am by KEIRA HUANG; GEORGE CHEN

    ... Keira Huang and George Chen Illegal methods employed to move low-interest tax loans to the mainland to take advantage of wealth management products' higher rates HK tax loans paying ... they have to do it illegally. Chinese citizens are legally allowed to transfer up to US$50,000 per year into the mainland. Violators face fines or criminal prosecution. The annual tax season in Hong ...

  6. Property - International - INVESTMENT

    Falling demand and prices force Hong Kong, Singapore developers abroad

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 05:33am by BLOOM

    ... and some of the strictest measures were implemented last year. They included a cap on debt at 60 per cent of a borrower's income, higher stamp duties on home purchases and a rise in real estate taxes. Hong Kong has raised the minimum mortgage down payment six times since 2010 and imposed taxes including a doubling of the stamp duty on deals of more than HK$2 million in February, ...

  7. Business - Commodities - INVESTMENT

    Trust defaults seen as coal miners run into trouble

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:16am by BLOOM

    ... probability of default this year," said Shi Lei, Beijing-based head of fixed-income research at Ping An Securities. "Coal mines' trust products are the weakest link." China Credit ...

  8. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    7.5pc more Hong Kong funds ahead of mainland China cross-selling deal

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 04:31am by Enoch Yiu

    ... of well established regulation, a choice of fund products and tax neutrality for the funds set up there." Lydon said that when the mainland opened up more its capital market, it would offer ... overseas funds to set up here, she cautioned that it would still be difficult to compete with the likes of Luxembourg or Ireland. "Many of these markets have tax benefits and other ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTMENT

    RRJ invests in Chinese dairy farms

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 01:24am by KANIS LI AND BLOOMBERG

    ... as Shuanghui International, have been making acquisitions overseas as rising incomes spur demand for consumer goods. Bright Food, whose domestic brands include White Rabbit candy, last year bought a 60 ...

  10. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Hong Kong's Islamic finance goal boosted by Basel III rules

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:28am by Enoch Yiu

    ... that followed. Another reason was that the structure specified under sharia would subject these bonds to higher taxes than conventional bonds. As interest payment is forbidden under sharia, Islamic bondholders are subject to stamp duty, income tax and profit tax. Ordinary interest-paying bonds are not taxable in Hong Kong. The government changed the law in July to bring taxes for sukuks in line ...




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