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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Hong Kong's out-of-pocket medical expenses set to double by 2020

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... expenses set to double by 2020 Hong Kong has a health problem. I'm not talking here about pollution, bad diets or the stress of living in such a crowded city, although they are all serious ... That's a real increase of 108 per cent in out-of-pocket health care expenses. If anything, Swiss Re's projection is likely to be an underestimate. Between now and 2020, the number ...

  2. Free money has never looked so expensive for Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 30th 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Free money is looking increasingly expensive. That might sound like a paradox, but it will surely ring true to anyone looking to buy or rent a home in Hong Kong. Since the United States Federal Reserve embraced near-zero interest rates in late 2008, in an attempt to support the ailing US economy, mortgages in Hong Kong have been available, if not exactly for free, ...

  3. Comment - Letters

    Hong Kong not gaining from peg

    Posted May 06th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... jobs, but its net effect is questionable. It creates uneven growth and only benefits the rich and certain sectors at the expense of the majority. By suppressing our currency we enable people ... our goods locally but mainland visitors enjoy great bargains here. Price increases result in higher rental income for landlords while the income of average wage earners stagnates. ...

  4. Home rentals driving up consumer prices

    Posted May 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Rising rentals for housing will continue to be the main factor driving up consumer prices, which rose by 1.9 per cent year on year in April and are expected to climb steadily ... estimate of 2 per cent. Public and private housing, which accounts for almost 30 per cent of the index, increased by 4.9 per cent, of which private housing rentals jumped by 5.9 per cent in April. ...

  5. Business - Economy

    Private schools, dental visits fuel Australian inflation, pushing interest rate cuts off the table

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 03:18pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney The laudable desire of Australians to be well educated and healthy is proving an expensive one, as escalating costs add to inflationary pressures even as the broader ... and the escalating price of ever more advanced medical care. Dental work is so expensive, there is a thriving business in medical tourism, with Australians travelling to Thailand and Malaysia to get the work ...

  6. Shops prepare to pass on expenses

    Posted Aug 31st 2004, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Bank chief economist Vincent Kwan Wing-shing said there was pressure to raise the price of imported products as food and fuel were more expensive. 'But retailers will only mark up prices ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    Inflation eases in August, food prices slow

    Posted Sep 20th 2012, 07:24pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit Hong Kong’s inflation eased to 3.7 per cent in August as increases in private housing rentals and food prices slowed down, the Census and Statistics Department said ... rentals introduced last July. Taking the one-off measure into account, July’s inflation was 1.6 per cent. In August, the largest year-on-year increases in prices were recorded for housing ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOME RENTS

    Mass market home rents surge, luxury rents flat

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... and mass markets diverge Surging mass market home rentals so far this year have hit the headlines in Hong Kong, but in the luxury sector rents have barely budged- prompting quips of a "tale of two rental markets". In the 50 housing estates monitored by estate agency Ricacorp Properties, rents in October were found to have risen by an average of 1.9 per cent month on month ...

  9. Lawmakers urge inflation relief in budget

    Posted Jan 07th 2011, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... in property rental prices. Julia Leung Fung-yee, undersecretary for financial services and the treasury, said inflation for the full year was expected to be 1.7 per cent year on year, up from 1.5 per cent previously estimated. She said inflation was intensified by the quantitative easing policy by the United States and more expensive imported commodities. She said the government ...

  10. HK's inflation rate hits 7.9pc

    Posted Aug 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... especially concerning public housing. The administration waived public housing rentals in July 2010 in a one-off relief measure that also made this year's increase in housing costs appear more ... Kong faced deflation again.' 75% The jump in home prices since 2008, making Hong Kong one of the most expensive cities in the world. Experts are now predicting a drop ...




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