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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central a danger to the Hong Kong property market, Barclays Bank warns

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:52pm by Joyce Ng, Jeanny Yu and Ray Chan

    ... Occupy 'a danger to property market' "Unexpected shocks" like the planned Occupy Central protest could trigger a property market slump, leading international bank Barclays warned yesterday. And it would take Hong Kong longer to recover than after the crashes of 2003 and 2008, it said. Barclays said prices had deviated too much from fundamentals, making the property ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - BONDS

    Flat treasuries spur return to China property

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:56am by JASPER MILOSWITHCH

    ... Flat treasuries spur return to property What a difference a year can make. In May-June last year the Asian high-yield market shut down thanks to loose talk by then Fed chairman Ben Bernanke ... you need returns, you need to buy high yield." This is creating some momentum for the problematic sector of Chinese high-yield property issuers. Shui On did a US$550 million bond in June, ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Moody's negative rating on China property sector to hit developer bonds

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 01:19am by LANGI CHIANG AND JASPER MOISEIWITSCH

    ... negative rating to hit bonds Ratings agency Moody's downgraded the mainland's property sector to negative from stable, underscoring the financial risks of developers and worrying investors who have been buying offshore bonds issued by Chinese real estate firms in record sums this year, though the immediate impact on property stocks was muted. The revision came after mainland ...

  4. Business - Economy

    Hard-hit Spain is turning the corner

    Posted May 30th 2014, 01:10am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Madrid First-quarter growth of 0.4pc comes in at fastest clip since nation's 2008 property market collapse, prompting an upbeat IMF assessment Hard-hit Spain is turning the corner Spain reported the fastest economic growth since a devastating 2008 property crash, even as 5.9 million people searched in vain for work with the unemployment rate stuck at 26 ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - BONDS

    Wave of ratings downgrades for mainland firms

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 01:02am by BLOOM

    ... in 2014, compared with 6.4 trillion yuan last year. In addition to the downgrades, 20 companies' outlooks were cut from January to May, compared with 15 in the same period last year, according ... Lianhe Credit Rating this year was 2.14, falling from 2.53 in 2013. Yang Kun, an analyst at brokerage Guotai Junan Securities, said the "downgrade wave" started in April. There were ...

  6. Business - Companies - INSURANCE

    Reinsurance prices decline by up to 25pc as demand remains subdued

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by Reuters

    ... said property catastrophe reinsurance prices fell by as much as 25 per cent in hurricane-prone Florida and were down by a fifth across the US. The industry's weak pricing power was one reason credit rating agency Moody's changed its outlook on the reinsurance sector to negative from stable last month. The global slump in interest rates since the financial crisis has made ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Housing 'correction' threatens broader mainland economy

    Posted May 13th 2014, 01:14am by Sandy Li

    ... per cent rise in the last quarter of 2013. Major developers have taken a hit in the first quarter as property sales dropped. Last week, China Overseas Land & Investment said accumulated ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Slowdown in property investment will increase pressure on the central government to relax its housing policy to avoid meltdown in the sector Housing slump may ...

  8. Business - Money - STOCKS

    Property dims outlook for Hang Seng Index

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 06:00am by Jeanny Yu, Ray Chan

    ... Jeanny Yu and Ray Chan Property dims outlook for Hang Seng Index The Hang Seng Index is expected to continue to lag benchmark indices in Europe and Japan next year due to the heavy weighting it gives to sluggishly performing property shares and expectations of a price correction in the world's most expensive housing market, market strategists said. "Chinese growth ...

  9. Property - International - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    Dubai property sales fall as mortgage restrictions start to take effect

    Posted May 21st 2014, 06:00am by Bloomberg

    ... the world's biggest price increases in 2013 prompted the United Arab Emirates Central Bank to restrict mortgage lending and the government doubled transaction fees. Ahmed's sales drought is good ... prices rose 35 per cent last year, the most in the world, Knight Frank said in a research report. Bailey predicted a 10 per cent gain in 2014. Dubai's property market has been defined ...

  10. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Investors look to Asia-Pacific for cross-border ventures

    Posted May 28th 2014, 05:08am by Mukul Munish

    ... Mukul Munish More investors are looking to the region for cross-border ventures, writes Mukul Munish Spotlight on Asia-Pacific Property investors are a strange breed when it comes ... market overseas properties are always pointing to the political and economic stability of a county when they market high-end projects to high-net-worth investors. Recently, CBRE released a survey ...




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