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  1. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    A bird in the hand may cost you a flock

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... in the hand may cost you a flock I'm buying a Hong Kong residential property. Should I buy it in my own name or through a company and trust arrangement? If you are a permanent resident with no other residential property and you buy in your own name, your stamp duty rates are half the new rates and you are exempt from the 15 per cent buyer's stamp duty announced last October. ...

  2. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Saving stamp duty means leaving home

    Posted May 06th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... No, even a half-share in a residential property makes you a home owner, and prey to higher stamp duties for second-home buyers. But as a permanent resident, you will be exempt from the 15 per ... in making these changes.   My wife and I are permanent residents and jointly own our home but no other property. We want to build our residential property portfolio. How can we minimise stamp duty? ...

  3. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Does adding children's names to the deeds of a Hong Kong flat involve any duty or tax?

    Posted Feb 25th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... on acquisitions of residential property by non-permanent residents of Hong Kong. However, if your children sell their interest within six to 36 months of transfer, 10 to 20 per cent special stamp duty ... abroad) to the title deeds of the property. Would this involve any duty or tax at any stage and, if so, would it be wise to do it in the current financial climate? We are about to start making our ...

  4. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Rules shift on Australian pensions, assets

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... lobbying that it's unfair. Second, adding insult to injury, last month's budget proposed a 10 per cent non-final withholding tax on disposal of Australian residential property by foreign ... on Australian pensions, assets We have property in Australia and a bit of superannuation there. Was there anything arising from last month's federal budget that we should be aware of? Yes, ...

  5. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Prospect of property slump adds to risk

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... of property slump adds to risk Rising property values have increased our equity in our Hong Kong home. We are thinking of increasing our current home mortgage to buy a property in Britain or Canada. ... think? You need to carefully identify and manage a number of risks. These include working out your new debt level as a percentage of the value of your Hong Kong home. If property values in Hong ...

  6. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: a new year, a new financial plan

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... starting with cash and fixed income, followed by property, shares, MPF, loans to others, and a final class for anything miscellaneous (Hong Kong residential lease deposits for example). Exclude ... to the relevant assets. Credit card debt and accrued tax liabilities, for example, are listed next to cash while mortgages are listed next to the relevant property. Use a common currency for all assets, ...

  7. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: Should we wait to buy our dream home?

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... living there and can afford it. That's half the battle in Hong Kong. Many people simply can't afford to buy a property they would be happy calling home. The new rules limit your mortgage on a HK$9 million property to no more than HK$5 million, so you need a deposit of HK$4 million, plus HK$337,000 for stamp duty, HK$90,000 for agent's fees (assuming no discount) ...

  8. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: When money isn't safe in houses

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... to melanie.nutbeam@hfs.com.hk What to do while I wait for the housing market to cool I have HK$4 million saved for the purchase of a rental property. As the housing market in Hong Kong is too hot now, I wish to defer ... which may not be available, intact, for the next punt. Preservation of capital and liquidity should be a priority. You are confident the property market is too hot. If that's so, do ...

  9. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Break free from foreign tax shackles and embrace Hong Kong's low rate

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... year, and budget for supporting cash and tax flows, especially on rented properties. Once you are clear of other jurisdictions, Hong Kong is refreshing. Sure, accommodation is expensive, but you ...

  10. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Swapping Hong Kong for the UK. An adviser here or there?

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... Melanie Nutbeam Melanie Nutbeam, a certified financial planner based in Hong Kong, addresses common personal finance queries. Send your questions to melanie.nutbeam@hfs.com.hk Swapping HK for the UK. An adviser here or there? My wife and I are British/Irish. We plan to sell our property in Hong Kong and use the money to retire to Britain. Should we look for an adviser here ...




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