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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - INTEREST RATES

    Increased Fed fund rate to prick Hong Kong's credit bubble

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:28am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com HK banks have enjoyed cheap credit for seven years due to rock-bottom US interest rates but upcoming changes could be about to hit them hard Increased Fed fund rate to prick city's credit bubble Hong Kong banks have been awash with cheap credit for nearly seven years but the wellspring is about to dry up. After a meeting of its Federal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1597676/increased-fed-fund-rate-toprick-hong-kongs-credit-bubble
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - MACROSCOPE

    Banco Espirito Santo may need bail-in as agencies slash credit ratings

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 01:15am by Reuters

    ... billion in exposure to the Espirito Santo family empire, Moody's and Standard & Poor's both slashed its credit ratings further into junk territory. One surprising aspect ... Santo may need bail-in as ratings slashed Banco Espirito Santo's woes may not reignite the euro crisis but could give useful information about who will pay the inevitable costs. Under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1555018/banco-espirito-santo-may-need-bail-agencies-slash-credit
  3. Business - Banking & Finance

    Deutsche Bank sees US$300b stash debunking credit doomsday

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:28am by Bloomberg

    ... by giving in to the pervasive concern that a credit-market Armageddon is coming, according to strategists at Deutsche Bank. While cash may flee mutual funds when sentiment turns and Wall Street may have little interest in making markets, private-equity firms have raised at least US$300 billion to invest in credit and are likely buyers in a selloff, said Oleg Melentyev, who heads US credit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1597571/deutsche-bank-sees-us300b-stash-debunking-credit-doomsday
  4. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    China's factories pick up pace but credit costs hold back recovery

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 10:35am by Victoria Ruan

    ... growth Factories lift but credit still key Mainland manufacturing activity picked up speed this month, but rising borrowing costs have prevented a recovery in overall economic growth that has ... this month from a final reading in August of 50.2, with new domestic and export orders climbing at a faster rate, despite weakening signs in the job market. Economists in a Reuters poll had predicted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1598561/china-factory-activity-edges-employment-shrinks
  5. Business - Economy - CREDIT RATINGS

    Standard & Poor’s hikes Ireland’s credit rating, maintains negative outlook for Italy

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 02:21pm by Agence France-Presse in Dublin

    ... languishes in negativity Standard & Poor’s on Friday revised up Ireland’s sovereign credit rating to ‘A-’ with a positive outlook from its previous ‘BBB+’ assessment, citing the eurozone member’s improved domestic prospects. In contrast, the ratings agency held Italy’s credit rating at ‘BBB’, which is two notches above junk level, and maintained its negative outlook. “The upgrade reflects ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1527378/standard-poors-hikes-irelands-credit-rating-maintains-negative
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Moody’s warns Hong Kong electoral reform could lead to ‘credit negative’ outlook

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 04:43pm by Peter So

    ... Peter So peter.so@scmp.com Reform stand-off a threat to economy, Moody's says International credit rating agency Moody's warned that Beijing's stringent ruling on electoral ... from a major credit rating agency and appeared to place responsibility on Beijing's decision-makers for the city's negative economic outlook. "A significant portion of Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1587873/moodys-warns-hong-kong-electoral-reform-could-lead-credit-negative
  7. Business - Economy - OUTLOOK

    Fitch rules out ratings impact on Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 11:31am by Sandy Li

    ... effect on the economy or financial stability, but we don’t currently see this as very likely.” Hong Kong retains a number of credit strengths supporting its very high rating, including ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Fitch Ratings says the Occupy Central movement that spilled over from the weekend does not significantly affect Hong Kong’s ratings. “The events of the past 24 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1603821/fitch-rules-out-ratings-impact-hong-kong
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTIGATIONS

    Credit Suisse probing alleged pillow talk by trader

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 09:27am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Credit Suisse said it was investigating allegations of trader misconduct reported in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. The newspaper, citing sources familiar ... with the probe. Reuters could not independently confirm the allegations in the report. In a statement, Credit Suisse declined to comment on whether it had suspended any employees but said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1584258/credit-suisse-probing-alleged-pillow-talk-trader
  9. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    China credit fluctuation stirs policy uncertainty

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 12:15pm by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Tianjin victoria.ruan@scmp.com Mainland credit fluctuation stirs policy uncertainty The mainland's overall credit supply has rebounded from earlier lows but is still ... as indicated by interbank rates and the record trade surplus last month. But high funding costs have hurt business expansion, which, together with persistent deflation at factory gate, underscores ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1590778/chinas-money-supply-rebounds-still-short-expectations
  10. Business - Companies - DEBT

    Investors told to buy Sony bonds after ratings downgrade

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by Bloomberg

    ... the 7,100-strong division and reducing the number of mid-range models, Hirai said. Japan Credit Rating Agency, which rates Sony at A, also put the company on review for downgrade. Sony is rated below ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Investors told to buy Sony bonds after downgrade Sony Corp may reward investors if they wait to buy its bonds after an expected ratings downgrade, BNP Paribas said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1596345/investors-told-buy-sony-bonds-after-ratings-downgrade

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