Laying the foundations

Property derivatives

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The property markets in Asia are booming, and property price appreciation has proven a vital source of wealth generation for some of the region's biggest corporations, as well as consumers. But real estate has remained a largely untapped asset class for derivatives dealers, despite the market's potential - in Hong Kong, for example, a total of HK$315 billion ($40.3 billion) in property changed hands in 2006, according to the territory's land registry, a figure that accounts for all building

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