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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Every penny of HK$3 trillion Exchange Fund needed for ‘crises’, says HKMA chief

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:50am by Enoch Yiu

    ... The returns on the fund's investments have also been criticised. Last year it managed a return of 2.3 per cent, below the rate of consumer inflation. In the first three months of this year, its ... sovereign rating Standard and Poor's gave to Hong Kong in 2010 was also due to the fund's assets, Chan said. But Democratic Party lawmaker Sin Chung-kai said the HKMA should not "keep ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1561450/hands-hk3-trillion-exchange-fund-says-monetary-authority
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief pledges support for US dollar peg

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 11:27pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... effectively makes the Hong Kong dollar hostage to US monetary policy and would impact rates for housing and loans in the city. "Despite its imperfections, the Linked Exchange Rate System (LERS) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1549266/hong-kong-monetary-authority-chief-pledges-support-us
  3. News - Hong Kong - FINANCE

    Hong Kong property cooling measures won’t ease ‘until US interest rates rise’

    Posted May 19th 2014, 11:43pm by NICK EDWARDS AND ENOCH YIU

    ... Nick Edwards and Enoch Yiu Financial services chief says Fed interest rate hikes a big factor in how long property market cooling measures such as 15pc levy remain U.S. rate rise could ease H.K. stamp duties Investors should not expect any easing of measures to cool the property market until a rise in US interest rates. That was the message yesterday from Secretary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1515911/us-interest-rate-rises-big-factor-when-relax-property-market-curbs
  4. News - Asia - FINANCE

    Japan told to do more to combat money laundering and terrorist financing

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 05:51am by AGENCIES

    ... financing. That report flagged concerns including the low rate of money-laundering prosecutions and the low number of inspections of non-bank financial institutions. "The FATF is concerned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1542568/japan-told-do-more-combat-money-laundering-and-terrorist-financing
  5. News - China - FINANCE

    Wealth management industry distorting economy and needs reform, PBOC official says

    Posted May 11th 2014, 05:25am by Reuters

    ... a country's financial system, into a short-term behaviour that is extreme in its gambling mentality." He said wealth managers were lending money to companies at rates of around 14 per cent, but often offering rates of only around 8 per cent to individuals investing in their funds. Fuelled by savers' and companies' thirst for higher returns, the mainland's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1509432/wealth-management-industry-distorting-economy-and-needs-reform-pboc
  6. News - China - FINANCE

    Macau casinos to be handed card scam deadline

    Posted May 13th 2014, 11:44pm by Niall Fraser

    ... by China UnionPay and the Macau authorities could have an impact on casino revenues. Mobile UnionPay payment devices from the mainland have illegally entered Macau at a rapid rate and are being ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1511562/macau-casinos-get-july-1-deadline-end-use-illegal-unionpay-swipe-card
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Online platforms emerge as new champions in lending

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 01:01am by Adrian Wan

    ... The People's Bank of China's benchmark deposit rate is 3 per cent and banks can offer up to 10 per cent more than the benchmark. Ma Weihua, former China Merchants Bank president, said internet finance firms, especially peer-to-peer lenders and wealth management products such as Yu E Bao, were flourishing on the mainland thanks to the inflexible interest rates on bank deposits. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1472346/online-platforms-emerge-new-champions-lending
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    US regulator sues 15 banks, including HSBC, for rigging Libor benchmark

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 05:54am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New York FDIC says interest rate manipulation caused 'substantial losses' to 38 now-closed lenders US regulator sues 15 banks for Libor rigging The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has sued HSBC, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and 12 other big global banks for manipulating the Libor benchmark interest rate. The manipulation caused ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1449580/us-regulator-sues-15-banks-including-hsbc-rigging-libor
  9. News - Hong Kong - FINANCE

    Hong Kong could face Greek-style financial crisis, warn government advisers

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 12:33am by Olga Wong, Phila Siu, FANNY W.Y. FUNG

    ... based on various GDP growth rates and spending rates in education, health care and welfare that account for some 60 per cent of the government's recurrent expenditure, structural deficits will emerge in 10 years. But having rung the alarm, the working group avoided controversial ideas including higher rates and introduction of a goods and services tax. Instead, they suggested ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1439664/hong-kong-could-face-greek-style-financial-crisis-warn-government
  10. News - Hong Kong - FINANCE

    Task force findings out today will justify gloomy budget, says John Tsang

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 05:17am by Phila Siu

    ... electricity subsidy in place since 2008, cut the rent-free period for public-housing tenants from two months to one and offered a property rate waiver for two quarters, rather than the full year ... spending at a rate of 7.5 per cent a year. The task force forecast government revenue to grow at a rate of 4.5 per cent a year. People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip said that Tsang's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1438878/task-force-findings-out-today-will-justify-gloomy-budget-says-john

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