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  1. Don't bury Haiti in a mountain of debt

    Posted Feb 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was obliterated; years will pass before the infrastructure that was flattened is rebuilt. It is fitting that the world's richest nations have cancelled debt owing to them- and called for international ... not to also cancel debt. Haitians need all the help they can get. More than 200,000 people were killed and at least one million remain homeless. Billions of dollars were pledged in the wake ...

  2. Economic meltdown takes its toll on police

    Posted Jan 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Sixteen police officers were placed on a watch list in the second half of last year owing to concern over unmanageable debts, and the total number of officers in financial trouble increased slightly, according to government figures. An officer is regarded as having unmanageable debts if he or she has difficulties repaying owed money. The number of officers ...

  3. Developers feel the heat from unhappy buyers

    Posted Apr 26th 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Mainland property developers are now more concerned about policy changes and mounting resentment among buyers over prices, than finding buyers for their apartments. 'Developers are less worried about money now,' said Jeffrey Lin, chie ...

  4. HKMA steps in to stop rate war

    Posted Mar 04th 2010, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng Hong Kong's banking watchdog has acted to head off a damaging mortgage price war by setting guidance floors on mortgage rates, and warning lenders of default risks in a property market correction. The move came after banking giant HSBC last m ...

  5. Borrowing binge sparks warning on toxic loans

    Posted Jan 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Naomi Rovnick, Tom Holland

    ... Naomi Rovnick and Tom Holland Local governments on the mainland are 11.4 trillion yuan (HK$12.9 trillion) in debt, almost double the amount on the public record, and are using ... a professor at Northwestern University in the United States. Moreover, municipalities and other government bodies will be in debt for 39.4 trillion yuan by the end of next year, Shih warned, meaning ...

  6. Warning as city's credit card debt rises

    Posted Sep 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... in 10 of the respondents said they had at times paid only the minimum, more than double the 29 per cent in the United States. Credit card debt has been rising this year with the Monetary ... steadily paying down her debt, with monthly repayments accounting for about 10 per cent of her income. ...

  7. Merchants Bank eyes debt issue to lift capital

    Posted Jun 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai China Merchants Bank said it would issue debt in the coming years to boost its capital adequacy ratio, less than two months after it raised nearly 22 billion yuan ... subordinate bonds or hybrid capital debt to raise funds, without specifying the targeted amount. The planned debt issue is in line with the banking regulator's new requirement that commercial ...

  8. CDB, ADB to take advantage of growing demand for yuan bonds

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Sophie Yu

    ... Sophie Yu China Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank are set to sell more yuan-denominated bonds in Hong Kong to capitalise on the growing demand for yuan products. CDB will sell 3 billion yuan (HK$3.5 billion) of fixed-rate bonds from today un ...

  9. Firms more fearful of government regulations than credit crunch

    Posted Aug 05th 2010, 12:00am by Lulu Chen

    ... packages. Although banks are now more willing to lend, there are still concerns about when governments might cut spending and wind back stimulus measures, the survey says. Rising government debt is also a concern, with many respondents to the survey worrying that Europe's sovereign debt crisis could trigger a second credit crunch. ...

  10. Unicom sells convertible bonds to raise US$1.8b

    Posted Sep 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bien Perez China Unicom (Hong Kong), the country's second-largest wireless network operator, has raised a net US$1.82 billion through a sale of convertible bonds. Unicom will use the funds from the offering, which it says is the largest convertible b ...




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