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    Arafat’s remains said to be exhumed on Tuesday

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 08:39pm by Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank

    ... Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian ... tomb in Arafat’s former government headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian Authority, the self-rule government in the West Bank, had hesitated before agreeing to exhume ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1090044/arafats-remains-said-be-exhumed-tuesday
  2. Banks push up deposit rates after rate cut

    Posted Jun 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing, Anita Lam and George Chen Big mainland banks yesterday responded to an official cut in lending rates by raising deposit rates, underscoring intensifying competition as the central bank edges towards interest rate deregulation. In the first rate cut since 2008, the People's Bank of China on Thursday cut the benchmark one-year lending and deposit rates by 25 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1003425/banks-push-deposit-rates-after-rate-cut
  3. Business - Banking & Finance

    Ping An Bank raises deposit interest rates

    Posted Oct 13th 2012, 12:00am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... has raised its interest rate for longer-term time deposits, in a sign that smaller lenders on the mainland are competing more fiercely to attract depositors. The Shenzhen-based bank has raised ... The 4.125 per cent interest rate hits the upper limit set by the People's Bank of China in June, capping the deposit rate at 1.1 times the benchmark rate of 3.75 per cent that was set in July. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1059893/ping-bank-raises-deposit-interest-rates
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Rising rents see banks reluctant to offer safe deposit boxes

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... cost of real estate makes banks reluctant to expand the service. A banker, who declined to be named, said banks did not want to install more safe deposit boxes as it was not a profitable business. "The rent in Hong Kong is so high that bank branch areas are very valuable," the banker said. "Deposit boxes take up a lot of space, so this is a type of business ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1038682/rising-rents-see-banks-reluctant-offer-safe-deposit-boxes
  5. Business - Banking & Finance

    Banks need a deposit protection scheme

    Posted Sep 01st 2012, 12:00am by Daniel Ren

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Bank chairman makes remarks amid fears of deteriorating asset quality of lenders Banks need a deposit protection scheme The mainland needs to establish a deposit insurance system as it liberalises its interest rate regime, Bank of Shanghai chairman Fan Yifan said yesterday. The remarks by Fan, who is also a vice-president ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1027327/banks-need-deposit-protection-scheme
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    China's banks slash deposit rates as companies hoard US dollars

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg Loss of confidence in yuan's appreciation leads mainland companies to accumulate greenbacks As firms hoard US dollars, lenders slash deposit rates China's biggest banks are cutting US dollar deposit rates as the most bearish outlook for the yuan since 2009 prompts mainland companies to hoard the greenback. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China cut its one-year ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1026542/chinas-banks-slash-deposit-rates-companies-hoard-us-dollars
  7. Smaller banks join rush to higher deposit rates

    Posted Jun 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com Second-tier banks followed major lenders in offering higher deposit rates than the benchmark, boosting competition in the finance sector after a recent move towards interest rate deregulation. China Minsheng Banking Corp, China Merchants Bank and China Citic Bank were among other joint-stock lenders that raised deposit rates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1003735/smaller-banks-join-rush-higher-deposit-rates
  8. Smaller mainland banks struggle for deposits

    Posted Apr 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com Pulling in deposits continued to be a struggle for mainland banks in the first two months of the year, according to bankers and analysts. Lenders, especially ... that offer much higher returns. The president of China Merchants Bank, Ma Weihua, speaking at the Boao Forum, said that mainland lenders continued to face challenges in attracting deposits. Liu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/997385/smaller-mainland-banks-struggle-deposits
  9. Banks struggling to attract deposits

    Posted May 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com Hong Kong banks could come under pressure as deposit costs have been rising. A banker said this could hit their net interest margin (NIM), a measure ... at the bank's annual general meeting that it was among the many lenders in Hong Kong that had been aggressively seeking deposits in recent months with incentives such as higher interest rates. Though ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1002469/banks-struggling-attract-deposits
  10. Citic Bank sees rise in yuan deposits

    Posted Apr 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com Citic Bank International, the offshore commercial banking arm of China Citic Bank, said yuan deposits increased in the first two months of the year, while many ... centre and growth in yuan trade settlements with the mainland, said Helen Kan, an executive general manager of CBI's retail banking group. Yuan deposits in Hong Kong fell nearly 10 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/998352/citic-bank-sees-rise-yuan-deposits

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