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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Bank on it- doomsday not so nigh

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... crisis Bank on it- doomsday not so nigh Banks may be required to beef up capital as HKMA steps up review after ordering increase in risk weighting for residential business SCMP, March 20 I can ... it is the overall three-month overdue or rescheduled delinquency rate for the overall banking system. This stands at present at 0.41 per cent, which also isn't very high but is still 40 times higher ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1195678/bank-it-doomsday-not-so-nigh
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - PROPERTY

    Big banks worry as mortgage interest rate gaps opens with smaller lenders

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI, Sandy Li

    ... Kanis Li and Sandy Li Large lenders may have to introduce incentives to keep customers as smaller banks fail to raise interest rates in line with big operators Big banks worry as mortgage gaps opens Hong Kong's big banks are anxious to see smaller peers follow the rises in mortgage interest rates the largest operators announced earlier this month, after a gap opened up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1198971/big-banks-worry-mortgage-interest-rate-gaps-opens-smaller
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Hong Kong banks to undergo mortgage loan checks

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com Banks may be required to beef up capital as HKMA steps up review after ordering increase in risk weighting for residential business Lenders to undergo mortgage loan check Banks may face a higher capital requirement as the city's de facto central bank will step up its review of their capital adequacy levels. Starting with their mortgage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1195031/hong-kong-banks-undergo-mortgage-loan-checks
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - PROPERTY

    Sellers cut asking prices on homes as banks raise mortgage rates

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li, Yvonne Liu and Paggie Leung Sellers cut prices by 10 per cent after HSBC and Standard Chartered put rates up for new buyers Home prices fall as banks raise mortgage rates Home sellers have cut their asking prices by as much as 10 per cent in response to higher mortgage rates for new applicants announced by HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank. From today, HSBC's best ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1190171/sellers-cut-asking-prices-homes-banks-raise-mortgage-rates
  5. Property - International - SWITZERLAND

    Swiss banks told to rein in lending or face restrictions as bubble fears grow

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Swiss measure intended to curb credit growth, and is likely to push up down payments for buyers and reduce size of mortgages available Switzerland's central bank has a message for lenders: act now to stem surging credit growth or face further restrictions. The government, at the urging of the Swiss National Bank, last week ordered banks to hold additional capital as a buffer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1153998/swiss-banks-told-rein-lending-or-face-restrictions-bubble
  6. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Bank of England's lending scheme fuels rise in Britain's house prices

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Mortgage approvals hit 11-month high as central bank's credit-easing scheme begins to take effect House prices in Britain rose last month as the Bank of England's credit-easing ... to an 11-month high in December as the central bank's Funding for Lending Scheme eased conditions in the home-loan market. The bank is counting on the programme to encourage lending and provide ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1143798/bank-englands-lending-scheme-fuels-rise-britains-house-prices
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - MAINLAND

    Demand to keep mainland property market buoyant, say bank analysts

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... measures to regulate the market, the analysts said. Data from investment bank Nomura's equity research team showed that the aggregate value of sales of private properties increased by 10 per ... one year ago. Ma Jun, chief China economist at Deutsche Bank, said in some big cities inventory levels were now as low as five or six months, compared with an average of 10 months. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1133805/demand-keep-mainland-property-market-buoyant-say-bank
  8. Extra aid for first-time home buyers on mainland

    Posted Feb 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Mainland property stocks rallied yesterday after the central bank indicated that it would support first-time home purchases, sparking hope for a rebound in property sales after a five-month slump. The assistant governor of People's Bank of China, Guo Qingping, said the central bank would continue to support construction of affordable housing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/992167/extra-aid-first-time-home-buyers-mainland
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Bad loans rise at Chinese banks

    Posted Aug 16th 2012, 12:00am by JANE CAI

    ... financial risk' to economy Mountain of bad debt in banks The level of bad loans in mainland banks rose in the April-June period, marking the third straight quarter of increases for the first ... in the quarter ended June from the preceding quarter, according to data issued by the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) yesterday. The average NPL ratio, or the percentage of bad loans to total ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1015670/bad-loans-rise-chinese-banks
  10. Business - Money

    Is money in the bank a good thing in Hong Kong right now?

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 03:26pm by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... Melanie Nutbeam I’M NOT EARNING ANYTHING ON MY MONEY IN THE BANK.  SHOULD I PAY DOWN PART OF MY HONG KONG HOME MORTGAGE? Paying down your mortgage is essentially a no-risk investment.  You ... need to ask your bank what your options are, and whether there are any penalties for early repayment.  Ask the bank too for a calculation showing the savings you make by paying down your ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1023457/money-bank-good-thing-hong-kong-right-now

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