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  1. BOC adopts risk focus in lending

    Posted Jan 14th 2004, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... Christine Chan Bank of China, which is expected to tap the equity markets next year, plans to introduce a more risk-based approach to its lending policy in line with international best practices. According to BOC chairman and president Xiao Gang, the bank will use risk weightings of loan classes set by the Bank for International Settlements accord. Under existing guidelines, banks ...

  2. Cautionary lesson from a new bank scandal

    Posted Mar 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The mainland has made progress on banking reform over the past year but the changes have left the fundamental problems untouched. That much is clear from the news that China Construction Bank chairman Zhang Enzhao has been dismissed and is being investigated for taking kickbacks. As CCB and several other mainland lenders line up for stock market listings this year in Hong Kong ...

  3. Banking on real reform

    Posted Jul 01st 2005, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... Hu Shuli Last week was a confidence-booster within Chinese state banking circles. On June 23, Swiss financial giant UBS AG announced that it may invest US$500 million in the Bank of China (BOC). The next day, Singapore's Temasek inked a deal with the government-owned Central Huijin Investment Company to buy 5.1 per cent of its shares in the China Construction Bank (CCB), ...

  4. China banks not ripe for listing

    Posted Jun 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... State injections cloud lenders' balance sheets and, consequently, their full potential, writes Bei Hu The past year has seen a flurry of subordinated debt issues by Chinese banks and the first overseas initial public offering by a mainland lender, Bank of Communications (Bocom)'s recent Hong Kong listing, to fund both rapid growth and increasing loan-loss provisions. ...

  5. Minsheng Banking cleared to seek HK flotation

    Posted Mar 26th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu China Minsheng Banking Corp has become the first mainland bank to win central government approval for an overseas listing, making a Hong Kong initial public offering possible ... said a Minsheng offering was likely to be well-received by foreign investors, who have few avenues for investment into the mainland banking sector. Prospective investors may, however, demand ...

  6. British bank on verge of BOC deal

    Posted Apr 09th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu Royal Bank of Scotland in advanced talks to take 15pc to 20pc interest worth up to US$4b in the mainland's No2 lender Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is understood to be in advanced talks to take a 15 to 20 per cent stake in Bank of China (BOC) in what will be the largest single foreign equity acquisition in the mainland's banking sector to date. Sources said ...

  7. Foreign banks need to target China's young looking at retirement

    Posted Jun 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Louis Beckerling Proposition 1: Dividend cheques determine the share prices of the world's big banks, now more or less indistinguishable from one another and matured into utilities ... must be sustained at high enough levels to leave cash in the kitty for dividends after the mega banks have met the rising costs of doing business and made the steadily increasing investments ...

  8. Bailout sets up key banks for listing

    Posted Jan 07th 2004, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... Christine Chan US$45b injection for two of mainland's Big Four will help clean up bad loans The mainland government's cash bailout of two of its Big Four state banks will clear ... foreign-exchange reserves and completed at the end of last year but announced only yesterday- into the Bank of China (BOC) and China Construction Bank (CCB) will substantially help in the clean-up ...

  9. Hang Seng Bank targets CCB to hold QFII funds

    Posted Jun 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Andrew K. Collier in Beijing Hang Seng Bank has received approval to invest US$50 million in domestic stocks under the qualified foreign institutional investor (QFII) programme. The bank has chosen China Construction Bank (CCB) to hold the funds in the mainland. Hang Seng intended to seek approval to increase the investment limit once it had experience in the A-share market, ...

  10. Handouts won't cure woes of mainland banks

    Posted Feb 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... When the State Council approved the recent plans to use foreign exchange reserves to boost the balance sheets of two of the biggest state-owned banks, it probably was not ready for any objections from any quarter. Previous bank bailouts, including a 270 billion yuan capital injection in 1998, did not meet resistance. There are some unusual aspects to this year's exercise. One ...




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