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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Every penny of HK$3 trillion Exchange Fund needed for ‘crises’, says HKMA chief

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:50am by Enoch Yiu

    ... of the fund is kept in highly liquid low-risk assets so it can be deployed to back Hong Kong's monetary base and underpin the currency peg to the US dollar. Most of the rest consists ... to "drive away currency speculators". At the time the local market cap was HK$2 trillion; now it is over HK$24 trillion. Similar intervention now would need HK$1.4 trillion, Chan said. "If ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1561450/hands-hk3-trillion-exchange-fund-says-monetary-authority
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Bitcoin investors cash in as US says it could embrace the virtual currency

    Posted Nov 20th 2013, 02:55am by DANNY LEE, Angela Meng and Adrian Wan

    ... Danny Lee, Angela Meng and Adrian Wan A positive US senate committee hearing on the digital currency has raised its value, and hopes it will keep on rising if criminals are shut out Early investors find richpickings in bitcoin surge Thousands are cashing in on the soaring value of bitcoins after the US signalled it could embrace the red-hot digital currency. The value of a single ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1360696/bitcoin-investors-cash-us-says-it-could-embrace-virtual
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Taiwan to renegotiate deal on yuan investment quota

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 12:52am by BLOOM

    ... more subject to change." Germany and South Korea received RQFII quotas this year as mainland China continues to push for greater internationalisation of its currency. Hong Kong, Singapore, ... relaxed restrictions on insurers holding foreign currency-denominated assets and could ease rules on products such as structured notes. "We'd like to see what the insurance companies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1552353/taiwan-renegotiate-deal-yuan-investment-quota
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief pledges support for US dollar peg

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 11:27pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... the local dollar's peg to the US currency when his second term begins in October. His comments- in an article on the HKMA website marking his fifth anniversary as the city's de facto ... developing yuan business in the city would continue to be his focus. Beijing has allowed the yuan to be used for international trade settlement since mid-2009. Deposits of the currency in the city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1549266/hong-kong-monetary-authority-chief-pledges-support-us
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Like Bank of China, Citic Bank also offers service branded 'money laundering' by CCTV

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 03:58pm by DON WEINLAND, George Chen

    ... the movement of currency overseas, including Hong Knog. "It is definitely not an illegal business," said one source. "Both BOC and Citic Bank have been able to do this business only ... the central bank would need more time to investigate the situation. Analysts cast doubt on whether such a scheme that allowed for free currency exchange could exist. "The government is very ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1550351/bank-china-laundering-money-would-be-emigrants-cctv-reports
  6. News - Business - FINANCE

    Australia to invest foreign currency assets of A$1.9b in Chinese bonds

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Central bank will invest A$1.9b, or 5pc of its foreign currency assets, in sovereign securities as bilateral economic ties increase Australia to buy Chinese bonds Australia's central bank plans to invest about 5 per cent of its foreign currency assets, or A$1.9 billion, in Chinese government bonds due to the growing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/article/1222352/australia-invest-foreign-currency-assets-a19b-chinese-bonds
  7. News - Asia - FINANCE

    Japan told to do more to combat money laundering and terrorist financing

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 05:51am by AGENCIES

    ... Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in January proposed a policy shift that will remove hurdles to targeting lenders with certain enforcement actions. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1542568/japan-told-do-more-combat-money-laundering-and-terrorist-financing
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    US slaps tax on bitcoin as IRS deems it to be 'property'

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 01:21am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com HK urged to take firm position on bitcoin tax Hong Kong should have a clear stance on regulating the bitcoin virtual currency and whether it should be taxed, financial analysts say. They were speaking after a decision by the United States Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday to treat virtual currency as property for tax purposes, instead ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1458074/hong-kong-urged-take-firm-position-bitcoin-tax
  9. News - China - FINANCE

    Macau casinos to be handed card scam deadline

    Posted May 13th 2014, 11:44pm by Niall Fraser

    ... multimillion-dollar illegal cash-transfer business, gaming insiders say. The news comes a week after it emerged that tighter curbs on China's only payment card being used to circumvent national currency ... sell goods which can quickly be returned for cash in what is a form of currency transaction. Informed analysts believe the business could have involved as much as 40 billion yuan (HK$50.3 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1511562/macau-casinos-get-july-1-deadline-end-use-illegal-unionpay-swipe-card
  10. News - World - FINANCE

    850,000 bitcoins lost as Mt Gox exchange files for bankruptcy

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 07:04pm by Danny Lee and Agencies

    ... filing, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "No one recognises them as a real currency. I expected such a thing to collapse." Japan's financial regulators have been reluctant to intervene in the Mt Gox situation, saying they do not have jurisdiction over something that is not a real currency. An embattled Karpeles looked tired and resigned as he appeared in front ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1437296/tokyo-based-bitcoin-exchange-mt-gox-files-bankruptcy

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