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  1. Business - Banking & Finance

    Swiss upper house backs US tax deal to protect banks

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 11:14am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Zurich Switzerland cleared the first hurdle towards ending a long-running US tax probe after one chamber of lawmakers voted to allow banks to sidestep strict secrecy laws to end ... trillion) in assets. But that haven has come under fire as other countries have sought to plug budget deficits by clamping down on tax evasion, with authorities probing Swiss banks in Germany ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1259710/swiss-upper-house-backs-us-tax-deal-protect-banks
  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    Bank on the banks

    Posted Nov 09th 2013, 01:53am by JOE ZHANG

    ... Joe Zhang While the prevailing view is that mainland lenders are toxic, being a contrarian investor and betting on them may pay off in the long run Bank on the banks Every investor likes ... contrarian trade at present is the buying of mainland bank stocks. These banks and their stocks might seem toxic to outsiders. Everyone in the investment community is making the same complaints: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1351290/bank-banks
  3. Business - Banking & Finance

    Fees on dormant bank accounts anger Hongkongers; banks review practices

    Posted Oct 29th 2013, 02:42am by KANIS LI

    ... to their banks as well as the regulator, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, that they are being charged excessive fees on accounts they seldom use. In some cases, they say, fees and charges ate up all the money in accounts that had been dormant for several years. "The Hong Kong Association of Banks has promoted social responsibility and encouraged its members to remove the charges ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1342252/fees-dormant-bank-accounts-anger-hongkongers-banks-review
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney to go easier on banks

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 12:00pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Carney continues policy overhaul with easier rules for lenders in need of short-term cash Bank of England takes softer line Bank of England governor Mark Carney announced an easing of rules for banks in need of short-term cash, taking a new approach to how the central bank would work with the City of London five years after the financial crisis. In his first major ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1339503/bank-england-governor-mark-carney-go-easier-banks
  5. Business - Banking & Finance

    Societe Generale earnings halve

    Posted May 07th 2013, 02:54pm by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Paris France's No 2 bank steps up cost cuts after result weighed down by accounting charges Societe Generale earnings dive 50pc Societe Generale, France's second-largest bank, said first-quarter profit dropped 50 per cent, hurt by accounting charges related to its own debt. Net income fell to €364 million (HK$3.7 billion) from €732 million a year earlier, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1232260/socgen-eyes-900m-euro-savings-after-profit-fall
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - FOREIGN EXCHANGE

    People's Bank of China in swap deal with European Central Bank

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by VICTORUA RUAN

    ... In a major step towards the yuan's internationalisation, the People's Bank of China agreed to create a currency swap line with the European Central Bank (ECB). Analysts said the PBOC may expand such currency swap lines to more central banks, such as those in the Americas, after inking agreements with counterparts in Britain, Hong Kong and Brazil, among others. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1328877/peoples-bank-china-swap-deal-european-central-bank
  7. Business - Banking & Finance

    HSBC, BOCHK and Hang Seng Bank still dominate banking in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com Despite a battle among mainland banks, HSBC, Bank of China (Hong Kong) and Hang Seng Bank are still way ahead, a KPMG survey says Big Three lenders still rule market Mainland banks are scrambling for market share in Hong Kong, but accounting firm KPMG says it will continue to be dominated by the Big Three - HSBC, Bank of China (Hong Kong) and Hang Seng ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1318632/hsbc-bochk-and-hang-seng-bank-still-dominate-banking-hong
  8. News - Hong Kong

    Bank of America sells China bank stake for $1.47B

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 12:42pm by AP

    ... KELVIN CHAN (AP Business Writer) HONG KONG (AP) — Bank of America sold a $1.47 billion stake in China Construction Bank on Wednesday, the latest foreign institution to shed its investment in a Chinese lender after initial optimism about the potentially lucrative market wore off. The U.S. bank sold 2 billion shares, or 1 percent, of China Construction Bank Corp., one of China's four ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1303159/bank-america-sells-china-bank-stake-147b
  9. Comment - Blogs

    Bank of America ends Construction Bank marriage

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 02:56pm by Doug Young

    ... Doug Young BofA's sale of its remaining stake in China Construction Bank marks the end of an era of investment in big Chinese lenders by their western peers A chapter in the courtship of China's top 4 banks by western rivals is finally about to close, with word that Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) is looking to sell its remaining stake in China Construction Bank (0939.HK; Shanghai: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1303242/bank-america-ends-construction-bank-marriage
  10. DZ Bank supports co-operative bank businesses in Asia

    Posted Aug 09th 2013, 04:59pm by Michelle Phillips, Christina Liedke, Stacey Johnson, Joonyoung Kim and Laleh Larijani

    ... Michelle Phillips, Christina Liedke, Stacey Johnson, Joonyoung Kim and Laleh Larijani Discovery Reports Challenging times call for a bank whose track record shows long years of being a reliable partner of the business sector. As Germany's fourth-largest bank, DZ BANK fits the bill, serving as central bank for nearly 900 co-operative banks. The bank has survived two world ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1295541/dz-bank-supports-co-operative-bank-businesses-asia

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