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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    HSBC and StanChart pin growth hopes on rate rises

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:56am by DON WEINLAND

    ... the two banks posted disappointing, albeit widely anticipated, declines in profits last week. HSBC reported a 12 per cent drop in profits before tax in the first half to US$12.3 billion. Standard ... banks. But Standard Chartered chief executive Peter Sands and his HSBC counterpart, Stuart Gulliver, would like investors to wait as the banks tiptoe through a period of historically low interest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1570896/hsbc-and-stanchart-pin-growth-hopes-rate-rises
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    HSBC shares rally even as compliance costs bite

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 10:45pm by DON WEINLAND

    ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com With first-half profit falling to miss market expectations, the bank will look for savings through job cuts and grow its mainland operations HSBC feels ... difficult to achieve given the size of the bank’s deposit base. “Can you induce growth in a balance sheet with US$1.3 trillion in deposits with these conditions?” Arun Melmane, a London-based ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1566538/dual-pressures-rising-costs-and-falling-profits-behind
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    HSBC blames red tape for 12 per cent drop in profits

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 04:59pm by DON WEINLAND

    ... red tape hurt its business Banking giant HSBC said yesterday that group profits before tax fell to US$12.3 billion in the first half compared to a year earlier, down 12 per cent and worse than analysts' expectations. Underlying revenue was down a more modest 4 per cent year on year at US$31.36 billion, and chairman Douglas Flint said the bank continued to make strenuous efforts to reshape ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1566246/hsbcs-first-half-results-fall-below-analysts-expectations
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    HSBC asset sale to LGT will halve countries served by its private bank

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 02:37am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London HSBC to halve countries served by private bank HSBC is halving the number of countries its private bank serves after selling a portfolio of Swiss banking assets, the latest bank to narrow its wealth management focus in a bid to improve profitability and cut compliance risk. HSBC, Europe's biggest bank by market value, said its private bank served ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1539895/hsbc-asset-sale-lgt-will-halve-countries-served-its-private
  5. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER AFFAIRS

    HSBC customer forced to make 16,000-kilometre trip to access account after bank blunder

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 04:30am by DANNY LEE

    ... Danny Lee danny.lee@scmp.com Robert Lewis had to fly from Australia to Hong Kong 16,000km journey to solve bank bungle When former Hong Kong resident Robert Lewis opened an account with the 'world's local bank' he thought HSBC would be able to cater for all his financial needs, wherever in the world he went. Little did he know that due to a breakdown in communication over his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1538011/hsbc-customer-forced-make-return-trip-australia-access-his-account
  6. Business - THE VIEW

    HSBC seems to find it easier to pay fines than fix corporate culture

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:09am by Peter Guy

    ... the financial crisis, global banks have evolved from "too big to fail" into "too big to jail". Each new fine, like BNP Paribas' US$8.9 billion penalty, sets a new, ignominious record. Governments fear that a criminal conviction and closure of a major bank would prove far too disruptive to the financial system. But big banks are not making significant progress towards ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1553555/hsbc-seems-find-it-easier-pay-fines-fix-corporate-culture
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - BONDS

    HSBC and Citi compete for Asian bond supremacy

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Singapore HSBC and Citi lead the way as competition for record issuance is at its most intense in five years, with the number of underwriters rising Banks grapple for Asian debt issues Competition to underwrite record bond sales in Asia is the most intense in five years as more banks seek business in the world's fastest-growing regional economy. The gap ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1548246/hsbc-and-citi-compete-asian-bond-supremacy
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    HSBC in talks to settle US money-laundering probe

    Posted Aug 25th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... investigation into money laundering has resulted in settlements with Lloyd's Banking Group, ABN Amro Bank, Barclays, Credit Suisse and ING. The banks agreed to pay or forfeit money under so-called ... Bloomberg in New York The bank is negotiating a deal over claims of money laundering but the StanChart row may be getting in the way, sources say HSBC in talks to settle U.S. probe HSBC ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1022740/hsbc-talks-settle-us-money-laundering-probe
  9. News - World - IRAN

    Iran lobbies HSBC to clear humanitarian transactions

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 09:45pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London and Ankara Bank has blocked transfers for humanitarian goods, over worries about breaching sanctions Tehran lobbies HSBC to allow trade financing Iran is lobbying to get HSBC to process humanitarian trade transactions that Europe's biggest bank has frozen because of concerns about breaching international sanctions. French bank BNP Paribas is facing a fine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539837/iran-lobbies-hsbc-clear-humanitarian-transactions
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    HSBC boosts oversight on metals financing in wake of Qingdao probe

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:07am by Enoch Yiu

    ... at metals financing HSBC, the city's largest bank, which has been aggressively expanding on the mainland, is carefully examining all commodities financing transactions following reports ... the uncertainty of the situation in Qingdao, we are thoroughly assessing each transaction on its own merit." HSBC is the latest bank to join lenders such as Standard Chartered and Citi to monitor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1533603/hsbc-boosts-oversight-metals-financing-wake-qingdao-probe

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