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  1. Business - Money - MARKETS

    What price political risk?

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 11:43am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... in northern Europe. The euro-zone government debt market was treated as a homogeneous bloc because of a mistaken belief on the part of investors that each member state's bonds were guaranteed ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - ACQUISITIONS

    Developers’ caution in buying land could threaten local government finances

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 03:36pm by Langi Chiang

    ... economy hinges on a buoyant real estate industry. The most urgent priority is to repay debts. An analysis by global rating agency Moody's Investors Service of self-reported indebtedness of the nation's 31 provinces showed that 30 per cent or more of local government debts in Beijing and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Sichuan will come due this year. "Many provinces ...

  3. Business - Money - CAPITAL MARKETS

    Equity-averse developers in a bind

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 05:07am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... of domestic bank loans and other debt. There was little debt issued by the property sector last month- and no deals so far this month. Asia's high-yield investors, always nervous about defaults ... Over the past five years, mainland property firms have issued four times as much debt as equity, according to Thomson Reuters. Excluding funds from initial public offerings, property firms have ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - ECONOMY

    Local government financing needs revamp to avoid risk of excessive debt, analysts say

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 10:21am by Victoria Ruan

    ... on infrastructure Debt issue spurs need for fiscal reform The fast growth in the mainland's local government debt has highlighted the urgency of a revamp of the country's seriously imbalanced ... if economic conditions weaken sharply," Standard & Poor's credit analyst Tan Kim Eng said. Local government debt on the mainland reached 17.9 trillion yuan (HK$22.7 trillion) at the end ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Developers sell debt as home prices surge

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 01:10am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Singapore Mainland developers market US dollar bonds on the back of property boom Developers sell debt as home prices surge Developers Cifi Holdings Group and Greentown China are marketing US dollar-denominated bonds four months after selling debt as new home prices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen surge. Cifi, the Hong Kong-listed developer, is offering ...

  6. News - China - COURTS

    China’s high court orders blanket ban to deny debt defaulters jobs, travel and credit

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 12:52pm by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com China’s Supreme People’s Court on Friday introduced a raft of restrictions against debt defaulters who fail to meet court orders to pay back what they owe. ... on companies with bad credit. The bank said it would launch a probe into the companies with unsustainable debts and run by local governments, and would close down the “incompetent” ones when necessary, ...

  7. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Regulator warns of rise indebt risks

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 01:30am by Daniel Ren

    ... warns of rise indebt risks The mainland's insurance regulator has issued an ominous warning to insurance companies on the increasing risks arising from the insolvency of some debt issuers, ... to intensify probes into borrowers' ability to repay debts and the profitability of projects, the official Shanghai Securities News reported. The internal document targeted the debts issued ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTMENT

    China bond sale suffers setback amid expected of rate rises

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 12:59am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Shanghai Expected rate rises amid tightening liquidity erode investor demand for government debt China bond sale suffers setback on rate outlook The Ministry of Finance failed ... The ministry sold 20.7 billion yuan (HK$26 billion) of one-year debt yesterday, less than the planned issuance of 28 billion yuan, said a statement on its website. The average yield of 3.63 per cent ...

  9. Business - China Business

    NDRC investigates use of bond proceeds

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 01:01am by BLOOM

    ... mount that defaults may increase in the mainland's US$4.2 trillion onshore debt market. The National Development and Reform Commission, the mainland's top planning agency, began ... (HK$440.2 billion) of debt this year, according to Everbright Securities, the most since the firm began compiling data in 2000. "The authorities may want to control credit risks in LGFV bonds ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Local government debt shows needs to reform financial and tax system

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 03:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the disclosure in 2011 that by the end of 2010, local authorities had run up total debt of 10.7 trillion yuan (HK$13.6 trilion). It has turned out to be a well-founded concern. In a long-awaited report ordered by the State Council, the National Audit Office says local government debt, including contingent liabilities and guarantees, had risen by nearly 70 per cent to 17.9 trillion yuan ...




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