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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    Construction Bank profit grows 11pc on interest income and cost controls

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:27am by Zhang Hong

    ... Zhang Hong in Beijing hong.zhang@scmp.com Interest income boosts CCB profit 11pc China Construction Bank, the mainland's second-biggest bank by assets, recorded an 11 per cent gain in net profit to 214.7 billion yuan (HK$270 billion) for last year, thanks to steady growth in net interest income and effective control of operating costs. Net income was higher than the 193.2 ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    Fee income boosts Citic Securities profit

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:40am by Ray Chan

    ... Ray Chan ray.utchan@scmp.com Fee income boosts Citic Securities A strong pickup in income from commission fees and asset management helped top mainland brokerage Citic Securities arrest ... per cent to 20.3 billion yuan, thanks mostly to a surge in brokerage fees and income from asset management. Citic Securities, in which parent firm Citic Group has a 21 per cent stake, said ...

  3. Business - Economy

    British retailers cut prices as household incomes stagnate

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 02:49pm by Reuters in London

    ... Reuters in London British retailers slashed prices at the fastest rate in at least seven years during the January sales, industry figures showed on Wednesday, highlighting tough trading conditions despite an improving economy. The British Retail Consortiu ...

  4. Business - Economy

    Incoming Fed chief faces challenge to boost US inflation to above 2pc

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 01:35am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in New York Incoming Fed chief faces challenge to boost inflation to above 2 per cent while keeping interest rates at zero amid a tapering of bond purchases Tall order for Yellen One of Janet Yellen's first challenges as Federal Reserve chairwoman is generating enough inflation to meet the US central bank's target of 2 per cent. Policymakers have failed ...

  5. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Chinese insurers to get income boost from reform

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 12:03pm by Kwong Man-ki

    ... income boost from reform Regulatory reform this year is positioning mainland insurers for solid growth in premium income, with prospects for next year boosted by expectations of more diverse ... income," said Lillian Zhu, a research manager at investment consulting firm Z-Ben Advisors. The China Insurance Regulatory Commission announced in August the removal of a 2.5 per cent cap ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    Credit Suisse misses estimates with 34pc profit fall

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 01:09am by BLOOM

    ... analysts' estimates, as earnings at the investment bank dropped. Net income decreased to 859 million Swiss francs (HK$7.5 billion) from 1.3 billion francs in the year-earlier quarter, the company ... Chase. "This was a miss led by fixed-income and equity trading, with a slight beat in wealth management on cost control and in-line performance in retail and asset management," wrote ...

  7. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Bonds shine again as stocks seen as overvalued

    Posted Apr 19th 2014, 01:09am by Reuters

    ... Joachim Fels, chief international economist with Morgan Stanley. The asset class that benefits most in this environment is fixed income, especially euro-zone bonds if the European Central Bank ... was the "Great Rotation" out of fixed income into stocks, the early indications this year point to a partial reversal of that flow to a broader "Asset Reflation". Last year ...

  8. Business - Commodities

    Court to decide on arbitration ruling on Hans-Sinopec dispute

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 01:17am by Eric Ng

    ... yuan. The court ruled in Hans' favour on the default payment but not the late payment penalty. Hans booked an impairment loss of HK$109.5 million on rental income receivable in 2011 and stopped booking income from the agreement since July that year, causing it to post losses since then. The deal had been its main revenue source. ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance

    Japan current account back in surplus

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 01:40am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Japan current account back in surplus Japan's current account rebounded into surplus in February from a record deficit the previous month as income from overseas ... celebrated in many Asian countries. The income surplus is the portion of the current account that includes earnings from overseas trading of equities, bonds and debt securities. This tends ...

  10. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Value and stable growth top Chinese insurers' agenda

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 12:59am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com Surge in premium income is likely to ease as industry players pursue long-term profitability while diversifying into cost-saving sales ... income will be unlikely, but the strategy switch will benefit long-term profitability." Last year, China Life posted a 12.2 per cent gain in first-year regular premium with a payment period ...




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