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  1. Shanghai tax plans push flat movements up

    Posted Jan 26th 2011, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Shanghai's plan to impose property tax led to a sharp increase in property sales this month. Data by Midland China Research Centre showed a total of 8,291 new flats ... a 0.5 to 0.6 per cent tax on the value of new properties if per-person ownership exceeded 60 to 70 square metres. ...

  2. Coddling the property monster

    Posted Jun 21st 2006, 12:00am by Steven Xu

    ... Steven Xu Beijing's recent crackdown on the soaring property market has been greeted with widespread scepticism. Property stocks, for one, have rallied since the announcement- ... per year despite repeated policy tightening. The property sector accounts for over 20 per cent of total investment in China. So, in theory, a significant slowdown in property investment should ...

  3. Order to return HK$2b in assets

    Posted Jan 19th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... some evidence to counter that provided by their accusers. 'Quite frankly, there is no such evidence,' the judge said. Aside from transferring the property assets, the directors had also engaged in another effort to move assets, including the South Horizons properties, from PEWC. That initial effort failed, but they did eventually acquire a firm called PacMos. While those ...

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    QE3 will fuel property bubble, authorities must act to rein in prices

    Posted Sep 15th 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Time to rein in property prices The failure of politicians to deal with America's economic problems has prompted the US Federal Reserve to adopt its most aggressive policy stance yet to spur recovery from recession. The Fed action will further exacerbate the hot money flow that has inflated asset values in Hong Kong and increases the risk of a property ...

  5. How ending the peg could hit property prices

    Posted Jun 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Flat prices in Hong Kong may fall if the currency is depegged from the US dollar, property experts say. 'The Hong Kong dollar is expected to see an upward trend if it is depegged. And that will hit demand for assets,' said Shih Wing-ching, founder of the Centaline Property Agency. The Hong Kong dollar has been pegged at HK$7.80 ...

  6. High rents hit bosses more than wage floor

    Posted Aug 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... people in shopping malls owned by The Link, which owns 180 properties on public housing estates, and developers Cheung Kong (Holdings), Sun Kung Kai Properties and Henderson Land Development. It interviewed in more depth about a dozen businesses to gather their views on the minimum wage. More than 70 per cent of respondents said the wage law had not put them under greater economic pressure. ...

  7. Local insurers seek exemption from US tax law

    Posted Jul 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Hong Kong insurers are the latest to oppose a proposed US tax law, and are seeking waivers to protect nine million local policies that could be affected by it. ... of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers' FACTA task force and chief executive of ING Hong Kong. Yong said the industry had written to US tax authorities demanding an exemption from the US tax law ...

  8. China property may be one bright spot

    Posted Feb 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com As world economic growth stalls and financial markets wrestle with falling demand, the generally cautious outlook for global property markets is likely ... and the mainland could continue to perform well, compared to the secondary real estate market, and be competitive relative to other asset classes, says CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), a global property ...

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    Chinese innovation is catching up

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am by JAE ZHOU

    ... is a partner and the head of China intellectual property practice at the international law firm of Allen & Overy in Shanghai. Jae Zhou is a law student at Fordham University School of Law ... of incremental innovation but increasingly focusing on the development of independent and self-reliant intellectual property. China already has world-class innovative products and services. Weibo, QQ, ...

  10. Property bubbles are finally showing signs of deflating

    Posted Nov 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... For most analysts and officials, it is only a matter of time before the bursting is heard, and before we see how much property prices fall, with some predicting they will drop between 15 and 30 per cent in the next six to nine months. The central government should be commended for resisting pressure from the property developers and their representatives in the form of economists, local ...




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