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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Both good and bad news in China's property rebound

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... in China's property rebound Last week China Vanke, the country's biggest residential property developer, announced that home sales last month leapt an impressive 140 per cent compared ... prices rose in the majority of big cities in November (see the first chart). This rebound has triggered a revival in construction that saw residential property investment jump 22 per cent ...


    Claims for China's household wealth just don't add up

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... ownership levels of any major economy in the world. The proportion in property-obsessed Britain is only 66 per cent, while just 65.5 per cent of American households own their homes, down from 69.2 ... But alas, the numbers don't add up. Let's assume Chinese households hold their financial assets in the form of shares, savings deposits and property. If we assume households hold 30 per ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Four more ways officials break the spirit of Hong Kong's Basic Law

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... stamp duty last month and slapped a punitive buyer's stamp duty on non-resident purchasers of local homes. From now on, anyone selling a residential property within six months of buying ... use, disposal and inheritance of property". I can't say whether the government is in breach of the letter of the Basic Law. That would be up to a court to determine. But by imposing ...



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