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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's propertied class found favour with the government

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com How the propertied class found favour It's rare to find lawmakers Alan Leong Ka-kit and Abraham Razack on the same side of the fence. But the arch pan-democrat and the property tycoons' man in Legco have both come down hard on the government for selling land to private developers or converting it to other uses. It was originally earmarked ...

  2. Business - Economy - Market outlook report

    The Sound of Silence: A Volatility Flare

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 08:47pm by Hao Hong

    ... school targeting 7.5% as the minimum growth, while the other is quite relaxed about the attainability of the magic number. At a time of significant property slowdown and investment growth losing ... management was reinforced. A number of prominent economists, as well as the PBoC governor, attended the meeting. In our view, relaxing restrictions on property purchasing, reintroducing discount ...

  3. Property - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Wong family finds way to safeguard property investments

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 01:31am by Sandy Li

    ... Angela Wong Ching-yi, reaped a total of HK$16.5 million annual rental income by leasing 16 properties they owned to the listed company, according to the annual report for 2013. Of the total, 15 ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Midland boss' deals with listed realtor have been a good earner, but questions are being asked Wong family finds way to safeguard property investments ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's property sector is in for a bumpy ride

    Posted May 31st 2014, 04:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Property sector in for a bumpy ride Bad news keeps piling up for mainland property developers. Just when ratings agency Moody's downgraded the sector's outlook ... in on the experiment and the amounts will be restricted. But it is at least a baby step towards putting local public finance on a sounder footing. However, it does not augur well for the property market, ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - INVESTMENT

    China’s role in global investment is growing, but the scale remains small

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 11:59am by Gerard Burg

    ... of the global total – second only to the US, which received over 12 per cent. The Heritage Foundation, a US-based think-tank, maintains a database of Chinese foreign investment between 2005 and 2013 ... of Chinese foreign investment between 2005 and 2013 – totalling US$60 billion and US$57 billion respectively. In percentage terms, the US received around 13 per cent of the total investment over ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Education Bureau is increasing support for non-Chinese-speaking students

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by LETTERS

    ... Margaret's, now in Caine Road, informed the Education Bureau of its intention to pull out of the DSS. It formally applied to the bureau in August and September 2013 for use of the vacant school ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    To get government moving again, both sides have to give

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... lest the pile-up increases in Legco's remaining term. The outlook for funding requests pending approval in Legco is not promising, either. As a result of delays over the initial funding ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hanoi must meet the challenge of standing up to Beijing

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 01:51pm by JONATHAN LONDON

    ... Beijing's behaviour has made business as usual impossible, thrusting Vietnamese into a grand debate about the country's direction and its strategic outlook. After two months of internal ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Raising the minimum wage to HK$36 an hour is both needed and affordable

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 12:54pm by GEORGE CAUTHERLEY

    ... hour. It was then increased to HK$30 per hour in May 2013, a rise of 7.1 per cent. As a comparison, the accumulative inflation rate in 2012 and 2013 was about 8.6 per cent. Thus, as of the end of last year, inflation had already nullified the wage rise in 2013. In fact, in terms of purchasing power, the minimum wage as of last December was actually less than HK$28 per hour. With prices ...

  10. Comment - Letters

    NETs' work is more than poetry reading and conversations

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 04:32am by LETTERS

    ... to the Legislative Council in July 2013 stated that "the impact of NETs on students' English language learning was mediated through local English teachers' responsiveness to collaboration, ...




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