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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The limits of central banking

    Posted Aug 18th 2012, 12:00am by Andrew Sheng

    ... Andrew Sheng Andrew Sheng says an overreaching monetary policy only delays the inevitable and dents banks' credibility While politicians fiddle, central bankers seem only to be adding fizz to bubbles Central banking used to be an august profession- highly respected, almost revered, mainly because central bankers looked after everybody's money. But now that Wall Street ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW JAKE VAN DER KAMP

    Jake's View: China banks off on flight of fancy saying NPL ratios are less than 1pc

    Posted Aug 19th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake Van Der Kamp China banks' fanciful NPL ratioechoes absurdities of '97 crisis The average NPL ratio, or the percentage of bad loans to total outstanding loans, was unchanged from the first quarter ended March at 0.9 per cent. SCMP, August 16 An average non-performing loan ratio of less than 1 per cent for mainland banks? Hah! Let the record show that he said, ...

  3. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Little sign of housing market bubble in Australia, says Reserve Bank chief

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... begun to tick up again thanks to lower interest rates and a sound banking system still able and willing to lend. Yet mortgage arrears are negligible, household debt has stabilised, savings are up sharply and unemployment is low, suggesting the housing market represents a modest threat to the economy. The head of the country's central bank certainly wonders what all the fuss ...

  4. Stage set for official cut to banks' reserve ratio

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing and Anita Lam The central bank is expected to soon cut the ratio of deposits that banks have to set aside as reserves, a state newspaper said yesterday, amid widespread ... continue. A timely reduction to the ratio, now at 20 per cent, could mitigate the risk of a liquidity crunch and let banks lend more to fund the real economy, the newspaper said. 'To ensure ...

  5. China's banks in no position to launch fresh lending stimulus

    Posted Jun 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland Investors worried about a slowdown in the Chinese economy have taken heart this week from figures showing a rise in bank lending last month. Coming on top of last week's quarter point cut in benchmark lending rates, the increase in new bank loans to 793 billion yuan (HK$971.4 billion) in May from 682 billion yuan in April has convinced many observers that Beijing ...

  6. Bank losses show need for reform

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The irony was probably lost on chiefs of the Swiss banking group UBS when they reported a rogue trader to London police on Thursday over Britain's biggest banking fraud, involving a loss of around US$2 billion. It was the third anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers bank and the onset of the global financial crisis. The significance of the date was certainly ...

  7. Yinshu Capital may set up bank

    Posted Jun 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Shanghai-based fund manager Yinshu Capital plans to set up a bank, echoing Beijing's determination to have private investment in key sectors ... participation in the banking sector, as it hoped to create a new lender that could better serve its clients. 'We believe the message is clear- the government wants to encourage private investment ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Former RBS China chief financial officer questioned by police

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by Daniel Ren

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Former RBS China official questioned by police A former chief financial officer with the Royal Bank of Scotland's China operations was recently ... illegal actions, and it is unknown yet whether he had violated any Chinese laws. RBS said yesterday that Zhi had been dismissed and was no longer with the bank. "It is a police matter and we ...

  9. Retreat of EU banks could hurt world: IMF

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... May Chan may.chan@scmp.com European banks hiving off assets and refusing to extend credit could send shockwaves through capital markets in the euro zone and around the world, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Large European banks could reduce their combined balance sheets by US$2.6 trillion between last September and the end of next year, according to the IMF's latest ...

  10. Wen's late conversion to bank reform looks doomed to fail

    Posted Apr 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... With less than a year of his term to run, he is talking of launching a major reform of the state-controlled banking system. 'Our banks are profiting too easily ... because a few big banks command a monopoly position,' the premier said on Tuesday. 'We have to break up their monopoly.' Mainland banks make a lot of money. The collective net profit of the commercial ...




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