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  1. Business - China Business - CREDIT

    Moody's warns on China local government debt, financing vehicles

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Increased use of irregular financing activities such as trust loans, leases, wealth-management products and project financing pose a risk to local government finances, Moody's analyst Debra Roane said in a report. She said such funding from such channels was not being recorded as debt on the balance sheets of local government financing vehicles (LGFVs), adding "a further layer ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - WEALTH MANAGEMENT

    New dangers lurk in trust firms' rush to finance

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 12:00am by JANE CAI

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com Under-regulated funding sources are emerging, the second of a two-part series explains New dangers lurk in trust firms' rush to finance A new ... companies and overexposed local government financing vehicles. Problematic borrowers began turning to the trust firms last year when banks and bond markets tightened scrutiny over such loans. Thanks ...

  3. Rising prices may slow finance sector M&As

    Posted May 24th 2007, 12:00am by Nevin Nie

    ... Nevin Nie Investors have become wary of rising acquisition price tags for banks, insurers and other financial service providers in Asia, which may hamper future deals, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Half of the 230 financial executives p ...

  4. Beijing must force radical reform of state-owned firms' finances

    Posted Jul 24th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... a radical reform of state-owned firms' finances. According to conventional wisdom, mainland banks, flush with cash because of Chinese households' high savings rates, lend imprudently ... of funds for new projects. According to a World Bank study, in 2003, retained earnings funded half of all investments by Chinese firms. External financing, whether through bank loans, capital ...

  5. Car finance slumps after fraud, bad loans drive lenders out

    Posted May 06th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... billion yuan from a year earlier, compared with a peak of 183.9 billion yuan at the end of 2003. In China, about 20 per cent of car buyers finance their purchases through loans, compared with 70 ... 40 per cent. China launched car finance in September 1998 with the aim of stimulating sales growth. It was a huge success, more than doubling sales between 2001 and 2003 and fostering ...

  6. Foreign capital not a problem but just a drop in the financing ocean

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is limited in such a huge market.' Overseas property funds invested about US$2.8 billion last year in the mainland housing market, excluding hot money and debt financing, and the figure ... developers had to seek other financing sources. Mr Peng said that was why overseas capital was welcomed. He said that if the capital market was sound, developers would be able to resort to other ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Are online small lenders here to stay?

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by GREG AU-YEUNG

    ... will you be your lender of choice? Greg Au-Yeung is chief information officer of VantAsia (formerly AIG) Finance in China and a visiting professor at Fudan University. gauyeung@hotmail.com ...

  8. Business - Companies

    Singapore yards benefit from China shipbuilding woes

    Posted Jul 18th 2013, 11:18am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Singapore Singapore’s Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine, the world’s top offshore rig-makers, stand to be among the winners from Beijing’s moves to tighten credit amid a downturn at China’s shipyards. The two companies have been under mounting pressure from Chinese yards offering generous payment terms, price discounts and help with financing. That may be changing after ...

  9. Business - Companies - STOCKS

    CIMC plans to relist B shares in HK

    Posted Aug 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Container firm plans to escape slumbering market by converting stock- and others may follow suit CIMC to relist B shares in HK China International Marine Container (Group), or CIMC, the world's largest containe ...

  10. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Foreign M&A deals in China down 42pc

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am by Lulu Chen

    ... Mergers and acquisitions plunged by a third in China in the first six months from last year as the economy slowed down, but such deals are expected to pick up in the second half. A study, by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, showed a 42 per cent plu ...




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