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  1. Business - Money

    Is money in the bank a good thing in Hong Kong right now?

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 03:26pm by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... Melanie Nutbeam I’M NOT EARNING ANYTHING ON MY MONEY IN THE BANK.  SHOULD I PAY DOWN PART OF MY HONG KONG HOME MORTGAGE? Paying down your mortgage is essentially a no-risk investment.  You ... in 2008.  This has created both winners and losers.  Before using your cash in the bank to invest in growth assets you will need to carefully consider how comfortable you are with risk and whether ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1023457/money-bank-good-thing-hong-kong-right-now
  2. HKMC to offer insurance on investment flats

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... homebuyers wishing to make a long-term investment with a steady rental income stream. 'From discussions with participating banks, we found that around 10 per cent of mortgage customers ... expected the negative real interest rate environment will cause the soaring property market to climb further next year. Kenneth Tsin, a senior mortgage distribution manager at the Bank of East ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/621113/hkmc-offer-insurance-investment-flats
  3. Banks follow HSBC mortgage rate cut

    Posted Feb 24th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan Bank of China (HK), Bank of East Asia and Citibank launch new loan offers At least three banks matched HSBC by launching new mortgage offers yesterday, one day after the city's largest lender cut its mortgage rate, a sign of intensified competition in the home loan market. Bank of China (Hong Kong) cut its mortgage rate by between 0.1 and 0.15 percentage point ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/582647/banks-follow-hsbc-mortgage-rate-cut
  4. Capital investment

    Posted Feb 11th 2011, 12:00am by Alex Frew Mcmillan

    ... been bashed. So there's no hesitation from some brokers in identifying the most attractive market for overseas investment this year. 'It has to be London,' says Amous Lee, director of international investment at the brokerage Knight Frank. 'It's one of the hottest things.' Lee's company estimated last year that 49 per cent of all the investment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/737839/capital-investment
  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - MAINLAND

    Demand to keep mainland property market buoyant, say bank analysts

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... measures to regulate the market, the analysts said. Data from investment bank Nomura's equity research team showed that the aggregate value of sales of private properties increased by 10 per ... one year ago. Ma Jun, chief China economist at Deutsche Bank, said in some big cities inventory levels were now as low as five or six months, compared with an average of 10 months. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1133805/demand-keep-mainland-property-market-buoyant-say-bank
  6. Hibor-based plans offer better rates in short term

    Posted Jul 21st 2010, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... a senior strategist at Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, believes the prime rate is unlikely to increase in the next 12 months. 'We expect three-month Hibor will rise to 0.6 per ... the wholesale money market on which banks raise their funding- up from 31.9 per cent a year ago. Only 16 per cent of new mortgage loans approved were priced with reference to best lending rates, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/720238/hibor-based-plans-offer-better-rates-short-term
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Bad loans rise at Chinese banks

    Posted Aug 16th 2012, 12:00am by JANE CAI

    ... for funding for their investment projects." The deterioration of bank asset quality is widely expected as many of the loans advanced to local government construction projects in the last round ... financial risk' to economy Mountain of bad debt in banks The level of bad loans in mainland banks rose in the April-June period, marking the third straight quarter of increases for the first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1015670/bad-loans-rise-chinese-banks
  8. Investment property deals tumble

    Posted Sep 10th 2008, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Fulton Mak and Peggy Sito Hit by the clouded outlook for the global economy and the domestic stock market, transactions in Hong Kong's property investment market saw a double-digit ... recorded during the period and total investments amounted to HK$36 billion, the data shows. This represented year-on-year declines of 14.8 per cent and 23 per cent, respectively. Kent Fong Chi-kit, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/652036/investment-property-deals-tumble
  9. Housing measures a quick fix, not a solution

    Posted Nov 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... there are limits to what can be done. Meaningful interest rate rises to encourage bank savings are not possible due to the US dollar peg. A large percentage of the flat purchasers are from the mainland and overseas investment funds. We cannot keep them out nor should this be considered; to do so puts in doubt our fundamentals as an international financial centre. Complaints about high prices have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/731294/housing-measures-quick-fix-not-solution
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Banks press Chinese mainland developers to speed property sales

    Posted Aug 18th 2012, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... "verbal guidance" to banks from time to time, which was less binding than official notices. Rita Zhang Yan, director of Longfor Properties' investment and financing centre, however, said ... Sandy Li, Victoria Ruan and Peggy Sito Banks press developers to speed property sales Banks have reportedly asked highly leveraged mainland developers to speed up property sales, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1017455/banks-press-chinese-mainland-developers-speed-property

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