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Impact of low interest rates on Asia-Pacific commercial property prices likely to be limited, says UBS

The pause in US Federal Reserve interest rate increases is unlikely to boost commercial property prices in Asia-Pacific, according to a new report from UBS.Citing historically low rental yields, driven in part by high pricing, the report noted that in Asia-Pacific cities outside Australia, the “marginal benefit from an extended period of low interest rates is very limited”.“Yields across most APAC markets are at their lowest in the last 10 years. Obviously, that does not mean prime yields… Source link

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Credit growth limited at 15% for best banks in 2019 – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Vietcombank was among few banks that met Basel II’s capital safety and risk management standards ahead of schedule. Photo Vietcombank HÀ NỘI The State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) has assigned a credit growth limit to each commercial bank in 2019, with priority given to those who met Basel II’s capital safety and risk management standards ahead of schedule. According to the current regulation, the SBV sets a credit growth limit for the entire year for each bank – depending on its health – to ensure the credit growth target…

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Hong Kong’s limited partnership regime may attract funds to set up domicile, boosting city’s role as Greater Bay Area private equity hub

The Hong Kong government’s legal infrastructure to promote the city’s private equity industry may just work, encouraging more funds to set up domiciles locally and augment its role as a centre for private capital in the Greater Bay Area, according to fund managers and analysts.Hong Kong was the base for 529 private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms last year, with US$159 billion under management, according to AVCJ’s data. While they helped raise funds and advised on how the capital was… Source link

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VinFast launches limited edition Lux SUV in Switzerland – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — VinFast will introduce its first Lux SUV model at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 in Switzerland, one of the most exciting displays of auto engineering and design in the world, from March 7-17. Being equipped with a powerful 6.2-litre V8 engine and outstanding interior and exterior, the new VinFast Lux V8 has quickly attracted the attention of international experts and media. VinFast Lux V8 was developed from the prototype of the Lux SUV SA2.0, but surpasses the original both in appearance…

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Donald Trump’s ban on Chinese telecoms equipment would have ‘limited impact’ on China’s economy

US President Donald Trump’s plan to ban Chinese telecommunications equipment from US wireless networks will not have a major impact on China’s economy, analysts have said. However, the ban would be a new blow to the expansionary plans of China’s telecoms giants, which account for the bulk of the country’s exports in this sector. Currently, the US imports a relatively small amount of telecoms equipment from China that could be used in wireless networks. Granular data is not available, but according to the latest available figures from China Customs, the…

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Hong Kong’s competitiveness under threat as limited office land set to run out in 10 years

Hong Kong faces a host issues in the property sector. While the residential supply constraints grab the headlines, there is also an acute shortage of grade A office space in the world’s most expensive market. To make matters worse, the total land supply presently set aside by the government for future development is forecast to run out within 10 years. Recent delivery of new supply has provided a limited window of opportunity for businesses to grow and move into more modern, efficient space, while also lowering their real estate costs.…

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