Interest Rates

Prime time for mortgage holders

Arcane policy discussions going on at the US Federal Reserve will soon start to seem very real to Hong Kong mortgage holders.

Monday, 6 June, 2011, 12:00am

Cheap mortgages may be over as banks raise rates

Bankers have a message for householders: the days of historically low interest rates may be numbered.

16 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Banking risks in property bubbles

How worrisome are property bubbles for the banking system? Based on the recent subprime and then global financial crises, very worrisome indeed. Property is so important to our economic life because we take it for granted. For households, a home is likely to be the largest single investment.

2 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Debate still raging over extent of mainland property bubble

Some slowdown. Yesterday China's statisticians announced that the mainland's property prices climbed by 12.8 per cent over the year to April (see the first chart below).

12 May 2010 - 12:00am

Banks under pressure to raise lending rates despite global cut

Hong Kong banks are under increasing pressure to raise the lending rates they charge consumers, even though central banks around the world have cut interest rates to ease the financial crisis and avert a global recession.

11 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Fubon Bank cautious on loans to corporates

Fubon Bank (Hong Kong), a unit of Taiwan's Fubon Financial Holding, says banks remain cautious about lending to corporates doing business on the mainland because of concerns about rising loan delinquencies.

The bank yesterday said net earnings grew 15 per cent to HK$250 million in the first half of the year.

13 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Other banks tipped to follow as DBS ups new home loan rates

DBS Bank (Hong Kong), a local unit of Singapore's largest lender, will increase mortgage rates for new homebuyers by 20 basis points from Monday. Other lenders are expected to follow the move.

DBS is the first bank to declare a rate increase after recent concern in the industry about the squeeze on mortgage margins because of higher funding costs.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Banks offer fixed-rate home loans as funding costs drop

Hybrid plans lock in borrowers at the top of interest cycle

Cynics argue that a sure sign interest rates are due to fall further and stay down for a long while is when banks begin to promote fixed-rate lending products.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Standing tall

The fallout from the subprime crisis continues to cost banks billions, is sending stocks tumbling and putting lenders on high alert. Nevertheless, the Asian property market, underscored by a perennial shortage of choice premium housing, has so far remained unscathed.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

editor's note

Subprime has now become a familiar word to us all. Financial corporations that should have known a crisis was looming seem to have had their judgment clouded by the hollow prize of profiting from the lending of easy money. Many economists warned of the fallout from bad loans that had to be written off.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hedge fund whiz deserves his US$3.7b, and our thanks

One [hedge fund] manager, John Paulson, last year earned US$3.7 billion. He reaped that bounty, probably the richest in Wall Street's history, by betting against certain mortgages and complex financial products that held them ...

... Even on Wall Street, where money is the ultimate measure of success, the size of the earnings makes some uneasy.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Merrill sued over bond failure

A retired couple are suing investment giant Merrill Lynch after losing US$410,000 on a subprime mortgage-backed bond they claim they were tricked into buying.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Stocks surge as worries over subprime crisis ease

Wall Street sparks rally in Asia, sending HK to 5-week high

Hong Kong stocks rose to a five-week high yesterday as optimism that the subprime nightmare was ending propelled Wall Street to its best start to a second quarter in 70 years.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Foreign interest in China real estate expected to wane

Foreign enthusiasm for the mainland property market is expected to cool this year as the unstable global economy and Beijing's austerity measures slow overseas investment, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu said.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Citic Bank hits target as income climbs 122.5pc on loan growth

China Citic Bank Corp, the mainland's seventh-largest commercial bank, met its own forecast when net profit more than doubled last year from 2006 on rapid loan growth and improved interest rate margins.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am