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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    HSBC and StanChart pin growth hopes on rate rises

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:56am by DON WEINLAND

    ... with fewer deposits in rate-sensitive accounts. Low interest rates and a flat line in volatility led to rapid deterioration of its financial markets businesses in the first half, in which income fell 20 per cent year on year- three times worse than its global peers. "Little has been done to address concerns on the structural challenges to the business either in terms of regulation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1570896/hsbc-and-stanchart-pin-growth-hopes-rate-rises
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    HSBC blames red tape for 12 per cent drop in profits

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 04:59pm by DON WEINLAND

    ... red tape hurt its business Banking giant HSBC said yesterday that group profits before tax fell to US$12.3 billion in the first half compared to a year earlier, down 12 per cent and worse than ... years, particularly over its sales of payment-protection insurance in Britain. Redress remains a significant drag on profit growth in the retail and wealth management business, which accounts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1566246/hsbcs-first-half-results-fall-below-analysts-expectations
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    HSBC shares rally even as compliance costs bite

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 10:45pm by DON WEINLAND

    ... than 40,000 jobs, sell or close 60 businesses and deliver annual cost savings of more than US$5 billion. HSBC shares traded 0.7 per cent higher at HK$80.60 in the opening 10 minutes of trade ... dragged down profit growth in the retail and wealth management business, which accounts for about 40 per cent of group revenue. As the outlook for economic growth on the mainland continues ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1566538/dual-pressures-rising-costs-and-falling-profits-behind
  4. Business - THE VIEW

    HSBC seems to find it easier to pay fines than fix corporate culture

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:09am by Peter Guy

    ... changing the underlying business culture that allows these violations to occur. Since its 2012 charges of money laundering and US$1.9 billion fine and settlement last year, HSBC has operated under ... of its own historical baggage- the worst vestiges of self-entitled, British colonialism combined with an ethically indifferent Hong Kong Chinese business culture. The former was always beyond ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1553555/hsbc-seems-find-it-easier-pay-fines-fix-corporate-culture
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    HSBC asset sale to LGT will halve countries served by its private bank

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 02:37am by Reuters

    ... to Liechtenstein's biggest bank LGT Group Foundation. Wealth management can be an extremely high return business, but a clampdown on tax evasion and tougher compliance rules across banking have put intense scrutiny on the business. Barclays last year withdrew from 130 countries where it offered wealth management, and Credit Suisse also decided to exit or partially pull back from 50 countries. HSBC ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1539895/hsbc-asset-sale-lgt-will-halve-countries-served-its-private
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - BONDS

    HSBC and Citi compete for Asian bond supremacy

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by Bloomberg

    ... debt issues Competition to underwrite record bond sales in Asia is the most intense in five years as more banks seek business in the world's fastest-growing regional economy. The gap ... per cent this year. "The bond market is a highly visible business and many banks see it as a critical part of their investment banking footprint in Asia." Issuance in the first half ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1548246/hsbc-and-citi-compete-asian-bond-supremacy
  7. News - World - IRAN

    Iran lobbies HSBC to clear humanitarian transactions

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 09:45pm by Reuters

    ... including doing business with Iran and money laundering in Mexico. The bank has ramped up internal compliance and in 2012 appointed Stuart Levey, a former US Treasury undersecretary, as chief legal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539837/iran-lobbies-hsbc-clear-humanitarian-transactions
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    HSBC boosts oversight on metals financing in wake of Qingdao probe

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:07am by Enoch Yiu

    ... affect banks' metal financing business on the mainland. "The Qingdao case shows banks need to tighten their procedures to check collateral to prevent fraud," Cheung said. Lenders ... financing business in China." He added that the bank was watching the situation. "Standard Chartered's commodity financing business is a key focus area for the bank and we remain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1533603/hsbc-boosts-oversight-metals-financing-wake-qingdao-probe
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    HSBC expects to increase dividend

    Posted May 20th 2014, 12:56am by Jeanny Yu

    ... as "simpler, leaner" than it was in 2011, when he took the helm and set out on a restructuring strategy for the bank that included plans to shut down unprofitable businesses globally and cut ... disciplines are fully embedded and driving the repositioning of our business in a very positive way," chairman Douglas Flint said. Gulliver was paid a total of £8.03 million (HK$104.6 million) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1515846/hsbc-expects-increase-dividend
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    Tough road ahead for HSBC as first quarter 2014 profits down 20pc

    Posted May 08th 2014, 01:15am by Jeanny Yu

    ... two more quarters as a change to the way it accounts for a key Chinese bank stake and the performance of its own investment banking business weigh on the numbers. Analysts were bracing ... mainly hit by a drag in the investment banking business, as experienced by its banking rivals. Gulliver said in the conference call the lender would see the second quarter as being "slightly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1506941/tough-road-ahead-hsbc-first-quarter-2014-profits-down-20pc

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