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  1. Business - Banking & Finance

    Australia plan to tax bank deposits

    Posted Aug 02nd 2013, 01:21pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia plans to slap a levy on bank deposits to help boost its coffers with the money raised used to protect savings against a bank collapse, sparking criticism on Friday from the industry. It was widely reported that a 0.05 per cent tax on deposits up to A$250,000 (HK$1.74 million) will be collected from 2016, raising a forecast A$733 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1293811/australia-plan-tax-bank-deposits
  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    Britain to ease rules for branches of Chinese and other non-EU banks

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 03:07pm by Reuters

    ... regulated branches as long as they do not take deposits. That policy followed Britain’s bruising experience with savers losing money when Iceland’s banking system collapsed in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. Britain had to compensate local holders of deposits in Icelandic banks and is suing Iceland to get the money back. The rules, which the BOE put out for public consultation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1435594/britain-ease-rules-branches-chinese-and-other-non-eu-banks
  3. News - Hong Kong - SECURITY

    Safety deposit box shortage at Hong Kong banks sees rise in home safe sales

    Posted Jul 21st 2013, 12:00am by Lana Lam

    ... More people are stashing their jewellery, cash and other valuables in home safes rather than in safety deposit boxes due to a severe shortage at banks, but police say that is not the best ... not a permanent facility," a police spokesman said. "Long-term secure storage should be made at a professional safe deposit facility." For months, a number of major banks have stopped ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1287259/safety-deposit-box-shortage-hong-kong-banks-sees-rise-home-safe-sales
  4. Business - Banking & Finance

    Economist Ma Jun quits Deutsche Bank to join PBOC

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 01:01am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing Economist looking forward to aggressive changes in next phase of economic reform Deutsche Bank's Ma Jun joins PBOC Deutsche Bank economist Ma Jun is joining the People's Bank of China to get involved in economic changes that he expects will be "very aggressive". Ma, 50, will be chief economist with the central bank's research bureau, ending ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1472364/economist-ma-jun-quits-deutsche-bank-join-pboc
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    China to set up deposit insurance to protect savings in banks as risks rise

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 12:00am by JANE CAI

    ... of the world's second-largest economy. Under a deposit insurance system- already in place in more than 100 countries- commercial banks are required to deposit a portion of their funds into a deposit ... and to protect more than 99 per cent of deposit accounts. Outstanding deposits in banks on the mainland reached 102 trillion yuan at the end of last month, according to the central bank. In the early ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1267552/china-set-deposit-insurance-protect-savings-banks-risks
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Bitcoin value tumbles after BTC China exchange blocks renminbi deposits

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 06:13am by DANNY LEE, Angela Meng and Amy Nip

    ... global sell-off. The blocking of deposits follows an order earlier this week from the People's Bank of China banning all transactions by third-party payment providers involving digital ... Danny Lee, Angela Meng and Amy Nip BTC among first casualties, as value of the digital currency plummets after People's Bank of China orders third-party payment providers to stop ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1384688/bitcoin-price-slump-after-beijing-bans-clearing-services
  7. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    China central bank move on yuan a sign of caution, not reform zeal

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 04:45am by Reuters

    ... of controls on deposit rates. However, government economists and policy advisers involved in internal policy discussions said that of all the possible policy steps, the central bank chose the one ... appreciation Senior economist "The band widening was an easier step. Removing the ceiling on bank deposit rates needs more preparation, and it's unlikely to happen this year," said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1455673/china-central-bank-move-yuan-sign-caution-not-reform-zeal
  8. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Government to offer rent deposit of up to HK$3,000 for asylum seekers

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 04:14am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Government set to provide HK$3,000 rent deposit for people fleeing home countries New housing help for refugees The government is to offer new help to house ... paid work- a rent deposit of up to HK$3,000 and up to HK$750 to pay for property agent fees. The existing rent allowance will also be raised from HK$1,200 to HK$1,500. Each claimant ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1400063/government-offer-rent-deposit-hk3000-asylum-seekers
  9. Comment - Blogs

    Why Chinese state-owned banks are now in the eye of the storm

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 12:42pm by Jonathan Woetzel and Jeffrey Towson

    ... Additionally, the interest rate caps which have created impressive profitability on bank deposits are now being loosened. This, combined with the lending pull-back, is a fairly fundamental change ... for deposits. State-owned banks have seen their share of Chinese household savings drop from 55% to 50% in the past year. The recent free-for-all in credit going out the door is also starting to come ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1458384/why-chinese-state-owned-banks-are-now-eye-storm
  10. Raise deposit protection to HK$500,000, board says

    Posted Apr 28th 2009, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu and Maria Chan A government agency has proposed lifting the ceiling on Hong Kong's bank deposit protection to HK$500,000. As reported by the South China Morning Post last ... that is cost-effective, provides protection for depositors and prevents moral hazard in banking,'' Mr Li said. The deposit insurance scheme, launched in 2006 and funded by the banks, offered up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/678387/raise-deposit-protection-hk500000-board-says

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