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  1. Business - China Business - CREDIT

    Defaults, restructurings to rise as Chinese firms' debt soars

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 01:58pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters Mainland defaults to rise as corporate debt soars Mainland corporate debt has hit record levels and is likely to accelerate a wave of domestic restructuring and trigger more defaults as credit repayment problems rise. Chinese non-financial companies held total outstanding bank borrowing and bond debt of about US$12 trillion at the end of last year- equal to more than ...

  2. Bank launches 'green' loan scheme

    Posted Sep 29th 2009, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan HSBC has launched a loan scheme for 'green' financing- lending people money to spend on the purchase, installation and other expenses related to eco-friendly equipment. The minimum loan amount is HK$300,000, and interest rates vary bu ...

  3. No quick fix for cancer of local government debt

    Posted Jun 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... sectors, such as the local-government debt market, intervention doesn't seem like such a bad idea. After three decades of existence, local-government debt is showing every sign of spinning out of control. And it seems the central government has begun to fret over the chance that runaway local debt will eventually cripple its banking sector, with Beijing making an about-turn on a proposal ...

  4. 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. ...

  5. The deadly trap in buying on instalment plan

    Posted Jul 16th 2010, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Chris Ip and Amy Nip Be careful when purchasing a yoga club membership or any service on an instalment plan because if the vendor goes bankrupt, you could lose both your purchase and your money- and it's perfectly legal. That's the message being ...

  6. You owe, we hose, say illegal debt collectors

    Posted Mar 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com Illegal debt collectors, known for daubing paint on debtors' doors or dumping rubbish outside their flats, may have come up with a new method of intimidation: flooding the victim's home. Police suspect debt collectors were responsible for prising open the door of a public estate flat in Tuen Mun yesterday, pushing a fire hose inside ...

  7. Tax loan rates head to mouth-watering lows

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Maria Chan and Paggie Leung Victor Lam, who works at an advertising firm, will have no difficulty paying his tax bill this year. The difficult part will be passing up a tax loan, since the rates are so good. They are not just good: some of the going rates ...

  8. Bags of money to be made as tai-tais hock their handbags

    Posted Nov 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang Chanel, Gucci, Hermes and Louis Vuitton handbags are no longer just the best friends of tai-tais and socialites; a money lender is also targeting the luxury items as collateral in a first for the personal-loan market. A television advertiseme ...

  9. In Brief

    Posted Oct 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Government to consider changes to SME loan scheme The government will consider making the SME Loan Guarantee Scheme more flexible. Under the existing scheme, the government guarantees each participating small or medium-sized enterprise's loan repayme ...

  10. Bankruptcy fears hit Nine Dragons shares

    Posted Dec 31st 2008, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... the debt risks of Nine Dragons were worryingly high, the biggest containerboard maker on the mainland would not go bankrupt because the government would back it. The stock fell 4.1 per cent ... [HK$1.36 billion] to 1.5 billion yuan [of bank debt] earlier than scheduled to demonstrate their confidence in the business outlook.' Nine Dragons' net debt-equity ratio was 98.9 per cent ...




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