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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - MARKETS

    Asian players develop an appetite for risky commodities trading

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 08:49am by RAY CHAN; GEORGE CHEN

    ... Ray Chan and George Chen Capital-rich Asian firms show interest as Western banks exit sector New players move into commodities trading While Western financial giants have been exiting the high-risk, high-reward commodities trading business, capital-rich Asian firms, including state-owned banks and brokerages from China, have seized the opportunity to enter the market. Western banks ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    Asian countries need to tweak financial systems to survive head winds, ADB chief says

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 03:40pm by Jeanny Yu

    ... Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao said. The region is facing new challenges, Nakao said at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong on Monday. Asia used to enjoy the “economic tail winds” from ... financial risks.” Developing Asia should provide more inclusive financing to reach households and smaller enterprises, Nakao said. The bank forecasts growth of 6.2 per cent for its 45 ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    China unlikely to challenge Japan's sway in Asian Development Bank

    Posted Apr 05th 2013, 12:00am by JANE CAI

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com Beijing eager to play major role in new BRICS development bank, not its Asian counterpart China unlikely to challenge Japan for top ADB job Contrary to expectations in some quarters, China may not push too hard to break Japan's domination of the Asian Development Bank this year. In its 47-year history, all eight presidents of the multilateral ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    US should make better use of its skilled Asian immigrants

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 07:24pm by CURTIS CHIN

    ... that progress can still be made even on the most difficult issues. Curtis S. Chin, a former US ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, is managing director of advisory firm RiverPeak Group. Follow him ... Curtis Chin Curtis Chin calls for a focus on integration to end the 'brain waste' US should make better use of its skilled Asian immigrants Having an "Asian" face ...

  5. Business - Money - CAPITAL MARKETS

    Equity-averse developers in a bind

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 05:07am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... They think their shares are undervalued," said Bei Fu, a mainland property analyst for Standard & Poor's. Nathan McMurtray, head of Asian convertible bond origination at Deutsche Bank ... markets, the pressure to sell shares to raise capital to buy more land may become irresistible. "Developers still want to keep on land-banking, and … you can't keep funding ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - ECONOMY

    Asian central banks lead on reform as governments fail to play their part

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo and Jakarta Asian governments have failed to act in recent years to fix their economies, leaving it to bankers just as cheap money starts to dry up Central banks take lead ... governments have done too little to remove barriers to domestic and foreign business investment, cut red tape, upgrade infrastructure and develop deep, well-functioning financial markets when ...

  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    China Development Bank playing hardball over Rusal loan reform

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 01:13am by Howard Winn

    ... is in dire need of cash. It is in the throes of trying to restructure its debts and has asked for banks' forbearance over a US$4.75 billion loan and not to exercise certain rights until July 7. One bank that is showing some reluctance over the deal is China Development Bank. The bank has not publicly stated its position on the loan. In recent years it aggressively expanded its loan ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - FINANCING

    Developers offer buyers financing to get around banks’ loan-to-value curbs

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 03:22pm by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Developers are bypassing regulations on how much banks can lend by offering extra loans, which experts warn puts the buyers at risk Buyers lured by second mortgage Hong Kong's biggest developers are skirting around bank restrictions by offering loans to raise the mortgage ceiling up to 85 per cent of a flat's value- which could put buyers ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Rising costs, oversupply and funding beset developers

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 04:45am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... Dangayach, the head of Asian high yield at Deutsche Bank. The larger, listed developers have financing options. They can sell shares, convertible bonds, and they continue to have good access ... Xingrun news. Property dollar bonds dropped in price last week by about 3 per cent, and debt issuance from the developers- which in normal times make up about half the Asian high yield market- ...

  10. RHB Banking Group banks on Asean business to boost overseas earnings

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 12:45pm by Reports by Elaine Deng, Krystin Chu, Stacey Johnson, Khay Inn Poh and Jessica Ryan

    ... Reports by Elaine Deng, Krystin Chu, Stacey Johnson, Khay Inn Poh and Jessica Ryan Malaysia's fourth-largest financial services group, the RHB Banking Group (RHB), is set to become one of Asia's leading multinational financial institutions by 2020. The banking group has grown its asset base from 104.5 billion ringgit (HK$247 billion) in 2008 to 191.1 billion ringgit ...




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