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  1. Window closing on cheaper borrowing costs

    Posted Mar 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Louis Beckerling Finance chiefs who did not switch to long-term debt face sharply higher charges Most Hong Kong chief financial officers had correctly read interest rate signals and switched their companies' short-term debt into longer-dated borrowings to lock-in historically low interest costs, analysts said yesterday. But those who did not have missed the opportunity ...

  2. HKMC to pay first dividend of $250m

    Posted Apr 13th 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... of mortgage loans ended the year at $34.94 billion, virtually unchanged from $34.58 billion previously. The HKMC raised $13.8 billion during the year through the issuance of 39 debt securities and two mortgage-backed offerings, 'further consolidating its status as the most active corporate issuer in the Hong Kong dollar debt market', Mr Lau said. A business plan for this year calls ...

  3. 99.9pc housing loan offer worries HKMA

    Posted Feb 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... much debt when buying property. But Pamco managing director Leland Sun said the banker to the new scheme had obtained approval for the raised loan ceiling from the HKMA. Insurance purchased ...

  4. Property market wobbles aren't an earthquake

    Posted Sep 01st 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... reduced debt levels, versus 1.6 per cent per annum in the first half of last year. In his forward-looking statement, Wharf chairman Peter Woo Kwong-ching was broadly optimistic, but somewhat short ...

  5. Bond watch

    Posted Sep 28th 2008, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... come to the market to raise fresh capital or roll over expensive short-term debt into longer-term paper. But in the volatile market investors should proceed with more than usual caution, ... the rollover risks associated with banks' short-term debt. Fixed-income investors faced a delicate balancing act when repositioning their portfolios, said Norman Villamin, head of research ...

  6. HTIL goes to market for $6 billion

    Posted Nov 30th 2004, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Louis Beckerling Hutchison Whampoa's telecommunications spin-off, Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd (HTIL), will raise a $6 billion three-year loan, according to debt market newsletter basis point. A spokesman for the group declined to comment on the report yesterday. According to basis point, the loan is likely to be priced at a significant premium to recent ...

  7. Time running out for refinancing from the last of the easy money

    Posted Mar 24th 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Louis Beckerling Hot, or not, the tide of money that flowed into Hong Kong is on its way out again, and consequently interest rates are on the march. How might corporate funding decisions and bank lending margins be affected? The overwhelming sense this t ...

  8. Policy pregnant with possibility

    Posted Apr 14th 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Louis Beckerling Hong Kong householders are being lured out of their post-crisis depression and back to a debt-funded spending spree to help keep the economy growing- and, based on present ... into debt to ensure that property prices continue to rise (with the possible exception of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, which has already rung alarm bells over the present levels of debt being ...

  9. Tang won't be drawn on the deficit or tax cuts

    Posted Jan 25th 2005, 12:00am by Carrie Chan, Louis Beckerling

    ... there would be a budget surplus. 'We shouldn't look at numbers just on the surface and ignore the details. Now debt is treated as part of income. But it is actually debt.' He said ...

  10. Central banks work to build bonds

    Posted May 13th 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Hopes to broaden regional markets' appetite for debt drive initiatives to co-ordinate issues, writes Louis Beckerling A bid by 11 Asian central banks to boost investor appetite ... 2002 in the wake of the Asian financial crisis, triggered partly by the excessive dependence in the region on short-term finance and bank lending, rather than more stable long-term debt ...




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