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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    European Central Bank cuts interest rates to record low

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 11:56pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Frankfurt Scheme announced to push €500 billion into flagging euro-zone economy European bank cuts interest rates to record low The European Central Bank cut interest rates ... the ECB cut its main refinancing rate to 0.05 per cent from 0.15 per cent and drove the overnight deposit rate deeper into negative territory, now charging banks 0.2 per cent to park funds ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1585437/european-central-bank-cuts-interest-rates-record-low
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Mainland banks’ preferred shares have appeal for analysts

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 12:06pm by DON WEINLAND

    ... analysts say. The banking regulator in April gave approval for banks to issue preferred shares, a form of hybrid security with a fixed rate of return. The capital raised can be factored ... Ratings this week questioned whether a solid appetite would exist as they flooded the market. "Planned issuance of Basel III capital securities by China's largest commercial banks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1593012/mainland-banks-preferred-shares-have-appeal-analysts
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    China Merchants to issue 9.16 billion yuan in asset-backed securities

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 05:37am by DON WEINLAND

    ... securities issued this year have been backed by mortgages. As of late August, there had also been 17.1 billion yuan of car-loan securitisation on the mainland, according to Fitch Ratings, almost all ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1586261/china-merchants-issue-916-billion-yuan-asset-backed
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Pressure builds within US Federal Reserve to signal new policy course

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 09:54am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Jackson Hole, Wyoming Improved economic data and growing anxiety over low interest rates have set stage for US central bank to look at rewriting policy statement Pressure on Fed ... for the central bank's first interest rate increase in nearly a decade. According to some US central bankers and their close advisers, signs of economic resilience and growing anxiety about the risks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1580504/pressure-builds-within-us-federal-reserve-signal-new-policy
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Alibaba teams up with mainland banks to offer loans to SMEs

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 01:33am by Sophie Yu

    ... launched in the second half of this year. The loan size a company will receive will be related to the size of its business on Alibaba.com The lowest interest rate for the loan is 8 per cent, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1557338/alibaba-teams-mainland-banks-offer-loans-smes
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    CBRC orders banks to create firewall around wealth management services

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:09am by Reuters, Ray Chan

    ... the benchmark interest rate of 3 per cent for one-year deposits, the CBRC said. Beijing has been pushing to strengthen regulation of the wealth management sector as it looks to diversify funding ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1553601/cbrc-orders-banks-create-firewall-around-wealth-management
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Move on loan-deposit ratio in China comes with risks

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Without major progress on how the state spends its money, an end to the ratios could be the start of a new wave of low-quality, high-risk investment. "The current benchmark rate is not going to restrain loans to [state-owned firms] even if the return is low," said Wang Qinwei, an economist at research firm Capital Economics, in London. The PBOC unofficially uses the interest rate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1548270/move-loan-deposit-ratio-china-comes-risks
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Hong Kong banks vie for edge in yuan deposits with high rates

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 11:14am by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com Against falls in the currency, lenders in HK are offering rates as high as 3.8 per cent for one month per year amid signs demand is holding up Banks vie for edge in yuan deposits with high rates Hong Kong banks are stepping up efforts in the battle for yuan deposits with high interest rate promotions in the currency, which has fallen the most among Asian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1470983/hong-kong-banks-compete-offer-better-terms-yuan-depositors
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Moody's warns Hong Kong banks over increased loans exposure to mainland

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 11:38pm by DON WEINLAND

    ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com Increased exposure to mainland borrowers poses risks to banks, says ratings agency, amid concerns over companies' ability to repay loans Moody's casts new cloud over city's lenders Ratings agency Moody's restated its negative outlook on the city's banking system yesterday in a new report highlighting the risks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1541301/moodys-warns-hong-kong-banks-over-increased-loans-exposure
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Standard Chartered braced for more gloom

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 01:09am by DON WEINLAND

    ... last year's. During the past five years, the British bank has dug deep into financial markets business such as rates and foreign exchange, which have been showing structural and cyclical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1542080/standard-chartered-braced-more-gloom

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