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  1. Please pass the buck and carry a soft stick

    Posted Oct 10th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... YEARS AGO, WHILE working in the stockbroking arm of a local bank that had just appointed a new managing director, I happened to be sitting near the stage at the bank's annual dinner, a big banquet with at least 50 tables. One of the features of the night was the Miss --- ---- Bank Contest with three shows, evening wear, swimwear and casual wear (I shall not give you ...

  2. Low rates fail to lift loans

    Posted Aug 30th 2003, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... The low interest rate environment has failed to entice bank customers to withdraw their money, with the latest figures from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority showing deposits had increased for the fourth consecutive month. Lending demands continued to shrink last month, according to statistics released by the HKMA yesterday. Total bank deposits rose to HK$3.37 trillion last month, up 0.6 ...

  3. Funds push credit-linked vehicles

    Posted Nov 18th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... States Federal Reserve would raise rates soon given recent mixed data from the world's largest economy. A rise in short-term rates would make fixed bank deposits more attractive to investors. An increase of 25 to 50 basis points would not be sufficient to lure investors back to bank deposits, Mr Lee said, adding retail clients were seeking yield as much as 4 per cent per year. ...

  4. Ford Credit issue points to rise of HK market for retail bonds

    Posted Sep 25th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... as the prevailing near-zero interest rates on bank deposits prompt a search for higher, safer returns. The frenzy for retail bonds is best illustrated by a number of recent offers. In July, BOC Hong Kong ... the way for issues by foreign companies hoping to tap cash-rich retail customers in Hong Kong and Asia, which boasts a relatively high savings rate. Hong Kong sits on $1.83 trillion in banking ...

  5. Rules may be relaxed for insurers

    Posted Nov 18th 2003, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... income in domestic bonds, bank deposits and stocks through mutual funds. But insurers have struggled to earn decent returns given the low interest rates banks offer and the lacklustre performance ... in foreign-currency bank deposits in the mainland. But allowing the social security fund and mainland insurers to invest in Hong Kong would make them the first batch of QDII investors. ...

  6. HKMA rejects inflation-linked protection

    Posted Sep 18th 2003, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has rejected a proposal by legislators to link bank deposit insurance coverage to inflation or economic growth. Bank customers would receive up to HK$100,000 each in deposit protection should their bank collapse under a plan being considered to start in 2005. Legislators yesterday called on the government to consider a system of adjusting ...

  7. PBOC wants lenders to have more scope in setting rates

    Posted Nov 19th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... in setting interest rates for loans and deposits to strengthen their risk-management skills and improve the nation's banking system. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) fixes yuan deposit rates while allowing banks a small degree of flexibility in determining loan rates. Rates for foreign currency deposits are largely liberalised. The greater flexibility should permit banks ...

  8. 'Scrap estate duty to lure investors'

    Posted Oct 18th 2003, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... exceeding $7.5 million, including bank deposits, stocks and property in Hong Kong. The death duty rises to 15 per cent for assets in excess of $10.5 million. Eliminating estate duty would not cost ... or stock or just putting their money in a bank in the city, the Business and Professionals Federation said. It was time Hong Kong followed the lead shown by countries such as Singapore, Malaysia ...

  9. HK equities regain favour

    Posted Aug 16th 2003, 12:00am by David Robinson

    ... of money that was in bonds was now moving into stocks. Another driver, strategists said, was the weak returns available from bank deposits. ING estimated bank deposits accounted for 260 per cent of Hong Kong's gross domestic product, one of the highest in the region. Mr Rosgen said in this climate, equities offered 10 times the return of bank deposits and investors were clearly ...

  10. New derivatives rules to lower risk

    Posted Oct 14th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... foreign banks to participate. Banks' need to better manage financial risk stems in large part from a maturity mismatch between short-dated bank deposits and longer dated government bonds ... to hedge against a potential rise in interest rates.' The typical maturity of government-issued bonds is seven years while average bank deposits have a five-year term, giving rise ...




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