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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Distant central bankers drive home prices up in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... interest rates. Housing costs for people who buy their own homes mostly come down to the size of the monthly mortgage payment relative to family income, and the biggest single variable in mortgage payments is the mortgage interest rate. But it is not our own commercial bankers in Hong Kong or even our Monetary Authority that sets the mortgage rate. The whole interest rate structure of our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1586672/distant-central-bankers-drive-home-prices-hong-kong
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's corrupt officials must be denied an overseas haven

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 05:59pm by GARY SANDS

    ... Interpol is also in the hunt, having issued arrest warrants for 69 Chinese wanted on charges of corruption, embezzlement, fraud and bribery. So where are Chinese authorities and Interpol looking ... service did not have the necessary legal power or wherewithal to properly police the programme, stating that it "is limited in its ability to prevent fraud". Indeed, much criminal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1593940/chinas-corrupt-officials-must-be-denied-overseas-haven
  3. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    US judge bemoans lack of fraud prosecutions on individuals

    Posted Dec 20th 2013, 02:56am by Howard Winn

    ... that the US government’s Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, in its final report, uses variants of the word “fraud” no fewer than 157 times. He writes “in describing what led to the crisis, concluding that there was ‘a systemic breakdown’ not just in accountability, but also in ethical behaviour”. According to the report, the signs of fraud, particularly mortgage fraud, were everywhere ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1386351/us-judge-bemoans-lack-fraud-prosecutions-individuals
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Migrants can help to fill the gaps in Asia's greying societies

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Helping hand for greying societies The low fertility rates and fast-ageing populations of Asia's developed economies are barely noticeable to those living in them. Facts and figures mean little to people working long hours to pay mortgages and school fees. But one recent doomsday scenario has certainly grabbed attention- South Korean researchers predicted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1588035/migrants-can-help-fill-gaps-asias-greying-societies
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1583989/how-freeing-public-housing-would-help-hong-kong
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong government's asset hoarding leaves society poorer

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Philip Bowring

    ... Even its trading subsidiary, the Mortgage Corporation, adds to the deception. It has a net worth of HK$9.5 billion but is probably worth double that on the market. Then there are the various ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1586014/hong-kong-governments-asset-hoarding-leaves-society-poorer
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    In the public interest

    Posted Jun 06th 2014, 12:36am by Howard Winn

    ... behaviour". The signs of fraud, particularly mortgage fraud, were everywhere to be seen, yet he says the Department of Justice was notably cautious, a position articulated by Attorney General Eric ... under the criminal law. This is why he blocked a US$285 million settlement between Citi and regulators over alleged mortgage securities fraud in November 2011. He sharply criticised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1526188/public-interest
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing's housing policy challenge

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:41am by SCMP Editorial

    ... compounded by very tight mortgage pricing, with many banks charging small premiums on the benchmark rate. That said, mortgage approvals have been fast-tracked recently, with some banks offering ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1579600/beijings-housing-policy-challenge
  9. News - China - YANGTZE BRIEFING

    Parents at Shanghai's 'Matchmaking Corner' cheated by marriage agents

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:46am by Alice Yan

    ... of the fraud cases only involve small amounts of money, which do not warrant the time and expense of a full investigation by the police. The park itself does not have the staff or resources to police ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1581911/parents-shanghais-matchmaking-corner-cheated-marriage-agents
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Housing bubble the real problem in China

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:25pm by Andrew Collier

    ... Mian and Amir Sufi, suggests a squeeze on bank lending had little to do with the crisis. Instead, they blame aggressive mortgage lending and a surge in household debt. The collapse of house ... Global central banks sought safe assets and the No 1 choice was US securities. They turned to a relatively small financial product called mortgage backed securities, advocated by the US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1568366/housing-bubble-real-problem-china

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