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  1. 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
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Banks face credit woes as market reform spurs defaults

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 01:14am by KANIS LI

    ... in a market-driven adjustment to the banking industry and sectors plagued with overcapacity problems, credit rating agency Standard & Poor's said. "We expect write-offs [in banks] to accelerate ... the financial reforms in the world's second-largest economy, the government is allowing more flexibility in the system, including the liberalisation of interest rates which may reduce banks' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1464312/banks-face-credit-woes-market-reform-spurs-defaults
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Concerns over a collapse in China’s underground banking sector resurface

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 10:07am by DANIEL REN IN SHANGHAI

    ... "deposit" money in underground banks again after learning a hard lesson about risks. "They offered a monthly interest rate of 2 per cent, and you didn't have to work because you could get ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1470868/concerns-over-possibility-collapse-chinas-underground
  4. Business - China Business - BANKING

    Shanghai free-trade zone approved to pioneer interest rate reform

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 04:51pm by REN WEI

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com City's free-trade zone gets approval to liberalise interest rates on foreign currency deposits, but authorities emphasise need for caution Shanghai to pioneer rate reform Reform of the mainland's interest rate mechanism will be spearheaded in Shanghai's free-trade zone (FTZ) after it received approval to scrap a cap ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1435645/shanghai-free-trade-zone-approved-pioneer-interest-rate-reform
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Hong Kong banks battle for deposits earlier this year

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 10:12am by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com Lenders raise interest rates in recent weeks to attract cash after the HKMA orders players to fund loans with deposits of longer tenure Battle over deposits ... earlier this year. They are now offering higher interest rates on Hong Kong dollar deposits- including savings deposits, which tend to stay in place longer than time deposits- to enlarge ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1448405/hong-kong-banks-battle-deposits-starts-earlier
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Time for PBOC to switch to policy rate system, Yam says

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 05:38pm by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com Yam says the existing reserve ratio mechanism is not efficient enough in managing money supply PBOC urged to use policy rate system Beijing should adopt a Western-style interest rate policy mechanism to make capital allocation in the banking system more efficient, said Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, the former chief of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Yam, who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1429652/former-hkma-chief-urges-beijing-adopt-us-style-policy-rate
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Mainland China banks to sell stock to bolster capital

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:45am by Bloomberg

    ... for an industry facing slower loan growth and rising bad debts amid more competition and interest-rate deregulation. The four biggest lenders will face a capital shortfall of US$87 billion under the new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1462738/mainland-china-banks-sell-stock-bolster-capital
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Lenders see credit threat on earnings

    Posted Mar 29th 2014, 01:13am by KANIS LI, KWONG MAN-KI AND RAY CHAN

    ... per cent. Deposits rose 9.5 per cent. "Given the economic slowdown, the accelerated interest rate liberalisation, increasing competition from peers and non-bank entities, we will face ... estimate of six analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The People's Bank of China removed the lower limit of lending rates in July in a move towards interest rate liberalisation. This act would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1459906/lenders-see-credit-threat-earnings
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Volatility in money market rates to persist, says PBOC

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 01:57am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing Volatility will reflect mainland central bank's moves to tame and curb credit expansion Swings in money market rates to persist, says PBOC The People's Bank of China has signalled that volatility in money market interest rates will persist and borrowing costs will rise, underscoring the risk of defaults that could weigh on confidence and drag down ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1425690/volatility-money-market-rates-persist-says-pboc
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Concerns grow over Hong Kong lenders' heavy credit exposure to mainland Chinese firms

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 06:34am by Reuters

    ... tested," said Mirza Baig, head of foreign exchange and interest rate strategy at BNP Paribas. "That is a concern in the backdrop of the rapid rise in exposure." Foreign bank claims ... loans, but its exposure is the equivalent of 15 per cent of its GDP. Local banks in both centres have taken over lending that foreign players once dominated, drawn by low funding rates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1457250/concerns-grow-over-hong-kong-lenders-heavy-credit-exposure

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