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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Chinese developer's zero-interest loans highlights industry risks

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 01:59am by Reuters

    ... hefty deposits from buyers seeking mortgages. It is not in the Chinese culture to take on too much debt JAMES MACDONALD, SAVILLS RESEARCH Many analysts believe the slowing property sector poses ... construction plunged. In June, mortgage lending rose 6 per cent from May to 117 billion yuan (HK$147 billion), compared with monthly growth of 2.5 per cent in May. Liao Qun, chief economist at Citic ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - REAL ESTATE

    Worse glut in China's smaller cities may be in malls, not flats

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 10:47am by Langi Chiang, Sandy Li

    ... the governments of the two cities have been reining in home prices by imposing cooling measures including mortgage caps, taxes on property flippers, and levies on foreign buyers as high as 15 per cent. ... measures. For example, in January 2013, the Monetary Authority of Singapore cut the mortgage ratio allowable on purchases of second homes while more than doubling minimum down payments from 10 per ...

  3. Business - Money - MARKETS

    China's economic growth to fuel rally in H shares

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 01:24am by Jeanny Yu

    ... are offering discounts on mortgage rates to first-time homebuyers. Mainland property shares fell yesterday as investors took profit, led by a sell-off in the country's biggest developer, China ...

  4. Business - Commodities

    Commodity financing probe extends to petrochemical imports

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:41am by Reuters

    ... have become the latest commodity financing tool to come under investigation for possible fraud, highlighting the risks from the widespread use of raw materials as collateral to raise loans and skirt credit restrictions. Police are investigating a suspected fraud at the port of Tianjin, near Beijing, which police and trade sources said involved "mixed aromatics", a refinery ...

  5. Business - China Business - SURVEYS

    Hong Kong loses out to the mainland in fraud survey

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:31am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com Anti-corruption crackdown cited for mainland's better standing in fraud survey while city falters on whistle-blowing and rule-bending HK loses out to the mainland in business ethics Hong Kong generally fared worse than the mainland in the latest global fraud survey of EY, although other international surveys rank the city well ahead in battling ...

  6. Villa Pinada boss cleared of fraud

    Posted Aug 18th 2005, 12:00am by Jonathan Li

    ... Jonathan Li Prosecution failed to prove developer and four others were guilty of $12.3m mortgage scams, says judge The developer of a luxurious residential project in Tuen Mun has been acquitted of mortgage frauds worth $12.32 million. District Court Judge Esther Toh Lye-ping said yesterday that the prosecution had failed to prove 49-year-old Tai Chi-wah, the developer ...

  7. Business - Commodities

    Qingdao metals fraud probe focusing on Decheng Mining

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 01:48am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Shanghai Banking sources say mining company's owner detained as part of metals fraud investigation Qingdao probe points to Decheng Mining China's investigation of whether metals stockpiled at Qingdao Port fall short of collateral obligations used to secure loans is focused on Decheng Mining, said two bankers assisting with the probe. Decheng's owner, ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Widodo needs support of all Indonesians

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 04:39am by SCMP Editorial

    ... contesting the win in the courts. Prabowo lost by an eight-million vote margin, so his challenge on grounds of electoral fraud has a slender chance of succeeding. Even if it fails, though, he can ...

  9. Business - Commodities

    HSBC releases base metal pledged for US$30m loan to Zhong Jun Resources

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:35am by CHIMA SAU-WAI

    ... financing scandal early last month. Standard Chartered is suing Chen for US$35.6 million. It is the first lawsuit related to the Qingdao port metals fraud lodged in Hong Kong. The lender's ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - RESIDENTIAL

    Investors returning to new projects, lured by stamp duty subsidies

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 03:59pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Siu-ming, chief executive of Midland's residential department. The second batch of 30 units will be offered for sale on Wednesday. Investors have stayed away since banks tightened mortgage ...




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