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  1. PICC likely to encounter increased competition

    Posted Oct 09th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... The mainland's dominant non-life insurance player, PICC Property and Casualty, is likely to follow in the footsteps of other Chinese issues which have dominated their industry: a great opening on the market followed by fears of increased competition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/430531/picc-likely-encounter-increased-competition
  2. Spring's sproutings include disconcerting signs of the times

    Posted Apr 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan London Spring is here. Amid the sunshine and April showers, flowers in window boxes and blossoms on trees, London has another colourful sight: a bloom of 'For Sale' signs. The boards were nearly non-existent last year, when properties were snapped up before agents could even find a hammer. Now things are different. Signs are going up outside homes, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/633840/springs-sproutings-include-disconcerting-signs-times
  3. Bank of China looks at spring offer as ADB becomes strategic investor

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu Bank of China (BOC) is angling for an initial public offering in Hong Kong next spring after finalising the last of a string of strategic stake sales to foreign investors. The mainland's second-largest commercial bank by assets will put 15 per cent of its shares up for sale during the offering, raising the combined holdings of foreign public and strategic investors ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/519981/bank-china-looks-spring-offer-adb-becomes-strategic-investor
  4. Authorities spring capital gains tax on sellers of villas

    Posted Jul 07th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill in Shanghai District authorities in Shanghai have started levying a tax of up to 60 per cent on second-hand sales of residential villas, according to industry sources. The tax, introduced quietly last month with no media attention, is in ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/507311/authorities-spring-capital-gains-tax-sellers-villas
  5. HSBC earnings likely to be hit by euro-zone woes

    Posted Jul 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... last year, the bank said it would lay off 30,000 employees globally- about 10 per cent from a workforce of 296,000- by 2013. HSBC will also exit markets and plans to cut down annual costs by up to US$3.5 billion by 2013. UBS said HSBC was trading at historically low valuations and had retained its GBP6 (HK$72) price target. Deutsche Bank analyst Tracy Yu and her colleagues in a co-authored ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1007932/hsbc-earnings-likely-be-hit-euro-zone-woes
  6. Business - Money

    Talking points: corporate earnings

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by JOHN WOODS

    ... for 2013 are meaningfully higher than current rates, suggesting markets could rise alongside profits. Could we get our fourth quarter rally? If only. Analysts are habitual optimists. They commonly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1036843/talking-points-corporate-earnings
  7. Underwriting the risks of the shipping business

    Posted Apr 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of goods, trading and economic conditions and legal knowledge. What are the major challenges you've encountered so far? ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/998070/underwriting-risks-shipping-business
  8. HSBC plan on track but euro zone vexes

    Posted May 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... it saved US$1.2 billion from the beginning of last year to the end of this year's first quarter. It had set a target of saving US$2.5-3.5 billion in costs by 2013. A year into implementing ... set a target of improving its cost-income ratio to 48-52 per cent by 2013 from 55 per cent in 2010, and lifting its return on equity (ROE), a measure of profitability, to 12-15 per cent from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1001305/hsbc-plan-track-euro-zone-vexes
  9. Euro-zone crisis has exporters ducking for cover

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... crisis and a faltering US recovery, Burton expected global gross domestic product (GDP) to grow by 3.1 per cent in 2013, up from a 2.7 per cent forecast for this year. While China, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1007550/euro-zone-crisis-has-exporters-ducking-cover
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    A blow for mainland banks

    Posted Aug 16th 2012, 12:00am by JANE CAI

    ... with deregulatory steps, are expected to amplify from the second half of this year, and in 2013, NIM will probably fall 30 basis points from this year, she added. The lenders' average non-performing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1015632/blow-mainland-banks

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