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Bad loans rise at Chinese banks

The level of bad loans in mainland banks rose in the April-June period, marking the third straight quarter of increases for the first time in eight years - and signs point to more sour debt ahead.

Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 3:54am

Bank robbers out in the open

Who's robbing banks now?

Willie Sutton, infamous as a bank robber, gained fame for his supposed response when he was asked why he robbed banks: "Because that's where the money is." *

15 Aug 2012 - 1:36am

Will Switzerland's red-hot housing market boil over?

On the "Gold Coast" of Lake Zurich, modern glass and concrete apartment blocks with private speedboat docks crowd the waterfront. Some seem awkwardly large for their lots, as though muscling in on the belle epoque villas next door.

15 Aug 2012 - 5:34am

You may save on college housing by buying your child a flat

Friends have recently bought an apartment for their son to live in while he's in college in the United States. Most people simply pay for room and board, but they were able to save some money.

This is a good time to buy for several reasons if you're facing high living costs in a college town.

15 Aug 2012 - 5:34am

If this is a bubble, it is not about to burst any time soon

A reader has written in to take issue with a column from a couple of weeks ago which argued that despite the steep run-up in Hong Kong's housing prices over the last few years, there are still no signs of a classic credit-fuelled property bubble.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Housing prices tipped to stay stable

Home prices in Hong Kong will remain stable for the rest of the year, according to analysts, who believe the new government is unlikely to introduce measures that would dampen the market in the near future.

UBS Investment Research has revised its projection for the year to a 5 per cent year-on-year rise, from a drop of 5 per cent.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Home sales jump as economy slackens

The mainland's residential housing sales jumped last month as homebuyers shrugged off property curbs amid expectations that a slowing economy would force the government to ease some of the restrictions.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am