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  1. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Foreign demand fuels London surge

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 03:50am by SUSIE WATKINS POLAKOVA

    ... mortgages that are 4.5 times income to 15 per cent of a bank's total mortgage lending and insisted that banks ensure borrowers can pay off their loans, even if interest rates rise 3 per cent ... is now eight times the average first-time buyer's salary. However, critics are keen to point out that in London, average is not normal and many buyers don't need a mortgage ...

  2. Property - International - BRITAIN

    London property market stalls as buyers resist higher prices

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 03:50am by Bloomberg

    ... in June to limit riskier mortgages, months after new rules came into force requiring tougher affordability tests. In its report, Nationwide said home prices rose 11 per cent last month from a year ...

  3. News - World

    Halliburton agrees US$1.1 billion deal for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 02:16am by BLOOM

    ... the spill cases in New Orleans, is expected to rule within days or weeks on how much blame each company carries for the disaster. A decision that Halliburton committed fraud and gross negligence ...

  4. Business - Comment

    How freeing up public housing would help Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:17am by Richard Wong

    ... based on gross market value minus the value of outstanding mortgage loans. Total loans were a modest HK$900 billion- a mere 11.8 per cent of the gross market value. French economist Thomas ... unlocked and return to market circulation. Third, new economic activity at the grass-roots level could be spawned. Mortgaging parents' homes is often a key way to raise capital among those ...

  5. Business - Companies - INVESTIGATIONS

    Tianhe Chemicals hits back at analysts' claims of fraud

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 01:06pm by Toh Han Shih

    ... back at claims of fraud Tianhe Chemicals Group has strongly denied allegations of fraud by Anonymous Analytics, a US group of anonymous analysts, and threatened to sue it for damages. ... shortly after Anonymous Analytics issued a report that alleged fraud, accusing Tianhe of inflating its sales and profits. "The report contains errors, misleading statements and malicious ...

  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - POLICIES

    Hangzhou market’s green shoots need watering by further policy easing

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:34am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Analysts call for cuts in taxes and mortgage rates to fuel sales pickup after city scraps buying curbs More easing needed to spur Hangzhou market While ... In the next few months, Hangzhou should cut taxes and mortgage interest rates to maintain the sales volume and, more importantly, buyers' sentiment, said Zhou Chen, a senior manager ...

  7. News - World - TURKEY

    More Turkish police arrested in new swoop against Erdogan enemies

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:51pm by AFP

    ... reported. Among those arrested was Yakup Saygili, the former chief of the police anti-fraud unit, it added. It was the fourth such wave of raids since July as the government cracks down on what ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Home price declines ease in major cities but smaller cities suffer

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 11:22am by Langi Chiang

    ... cities were the first to see cheaper mortgages, which are vital to luring back home buyers. Shanghai saw the country's biggest mortgage rate discount of 15 per cent lower than the central ... dealing in financial products. Mortgage rate discounts of 10 per cent appeared in three cities- Beijing, Hangzhou and Qingdao- while six others had smaller discounts of between 2 per cent ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - DISPOSALS

    US$1.7tr in assets up for grabs in Europe banking shake-down

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:21am by Bloomberg

    ... at its wind-down unit in May, when it announced a plan to exit some trading businesses with high capital requirements as well as mortgages in Spain and Italy and long-term corporate loans ...

  10. Business - Money - COURTS

    London Metal Exchange to push for reform after US judge dismisses suits

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:21am by Enoch Yiu

    ... of the Qingdao port warehouse scandal. The mainland authorities started in May a fraud investigation into whether the same metal cargo stored in Qingdao port had been pledged multiple times for loans. ...




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