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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China can handle shadow banking threat

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 03:11am by LOUIS KUIJS

    ... Louis Kuijs Louis Kuijs says economic ills are exaggerated, as is the risk of a crash China has ability to handlethe shadow banking threat Fears that China is heading for a hard economic landing or even a systemic crisis because of problems in its shadow banking sector are exaggerated. The spectacular growth in credit has lifted China's debt-to-GDP ratio to over 200 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1491798/china-can-handle-shadow-banking-threat
  2. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1486361/china-development-bank-playing-hardball-over-rusal-loan-reform
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong banks must get their own house in order

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 06:26pm by ANTHONY MURPHY

    ... Anthony Murphy Anthony Murphy expects intense regulatory scrutiny over forex trading Hong Kong banks must get their own house in order The Hong Kong Monetary Authority confirmed last week that it has joined its global counterparts in investigating the conduct of banks in foreign exchange markets. This announcement should not come as a surprise, as the HKMA regularly collaborates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1471230/hong-kong-banks-must-get-their-own-house-order
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Dirty money alarmism just doesn't wash

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 11:52pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp PwC's on-the-cheap survey says less about any real issues with money laundering in our neighbourhood and more about pleasing regulators Dirty money alarmism just doesn't wash According to the [PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey on economic crime], 37 per cent of companies in Hong Kong and Macau- mainly banks and casinos- had experienced money laundering ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1493958/dirty-money-alarmism-just-doesnt-wash
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 03:11am by STAFF

    ... or an international legends team. Those taking part include Robbie Fowler, Sami Hyypia, Jan Molby, Ian Rush and Steve McManaman. The tragedy in Sheffield, northern England, left 96 Liverpool fans dead. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1492274/talking-points
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Transparent hiring needed in equal opportunity Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 01:19am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com Banks that hire influential sons and daughters for their connections must also show that they are just as qualified as the next person to do the job ... for many banks and their clients in many cases. To hire a son or daughter or even a mistress of a high-level Chinese official should not be a problem for a bank unless it is proven that the hiring ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1492181/transparent-hiring-needed-equal-opportunity-hong-kong
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Urbanisation will drive democracy

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by Alex Lo

    ... but at an accelerated pace. Last week, the World Bank released recommendations on how China should implement its urbanisation policy. This includes allowing more farmers to move into cities, enhanced social ... historian Eric Hobsbawm, "and nobody can understand it who has not absorbed this fundamental fact." The same can be said about China at the dawn of the 20th century. Even in England ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1461246/urbanisation-will-drive-democracy
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Rumours of a Chinese crash are greatly exaggerated

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:12pm by Yu Yongding

    ... the nonperforming-loan ratio for China's major banks stands at less than 1 per cent. If, based on these considerations, one concludes that China's debt-GDP ratio does constitute a substantial threat ... for financing can exceed 50 per cent. Given that property prices are unlikely to fall by such a large margin, the bubble's collapse would not bring down China's banks. Even if real estate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1483880/rumours-chinese-crash-are-greatly-exaggerated
  9. Business - Money - WHITE COLLAR

    Let SFC regulate investment-linked insurance policies

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 11:41am by Enoch Yiu

    ... for the family may not be as high as expected. Hong Kong's 80,000 insurance salespeople, be they insurance agents, brokers or bank staff, do not need to apply for a licence. The lack of regulation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/investment-products/article/1493440/let-sfc-regulate-investment-linked-insurance
  10. 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

    ... Jonathan Woetzel and Jeffrey Towson This week, China’s big four state-owned banks are set to announce their 2013 financial results. And the numbers, if predictions are accurate, should ... but also their lowest growth rate since the 2008 financial crisis. This big drop-off is a good symbol of the myriad forces that are currently buffeting Chinese state-owned banks. Chinese banks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1458384/why-chinese-state-owned-banks-are-now-eye-storm

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