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  1. Foreign hopes dashed over easier bank investment rules

    Posted Oct 20th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu in Beijing China will not relax the caps on foreign investment in its banks in the near term, a senior regulator said yesterday. Yan Qingmin, a department director-general ... banks,' he said. Banking sources yesterday conceded regulators had given no detailed guidelines on how to define strategic investment, leaving policy open to differing interpretations. Some ...

  2. GE invests US$100m for 7.3pc of Shenzhen bank

    Posted Sep 30th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a substantially tighter ship. So far, they have brought the bank's capital adequacy ratio up marginally from 2.3 per cent at the end of last year. GE's investment in Shenzhen Development is the latest in a recent string of high-profile foreign investments in China's beleaguered banking sector as mammoth state-owned lenders push to clean up their balance sheets in anticipation ...

  3. Central bank tightens lending to cool housing prices

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... cent of the benchmark rate of 6.12 per cent, according to a People's Bank of China announcement yesterday. 'The measures should help curb property price and hence investment growth this year,' said Qu Hongbin, an economist at HSBC. 'This in turn is likely to further slow investment in steel and other overheated sectors.' The new policy comes as fixed-asset investment ...

  4. Sullivan banks on long run

    Posted Feb 26th 2005, 12:00am by Richard Castka

    ... One of the key figures behind the growth of the race talks to Richard Castka about its bright future Standard Chartered Bank sees the Hong Kong Marathon as a long-term investment, says chief executive Peter Sullivan. Its growth has far outstripped any savings plan offered by the bank but changes will have to be made to cope with the running boom, he says. Prize money ...

  5. StanChart shows modest HK growth amid global strength

    Posted Jun 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Bank's latest report indicates worldwide performance meets high expectations Emerging markets lender Standard Chartered reported strong current performance worldwide in its ... The outcome was due mainly to strong growth in consumer and wholesale banking business as well as reduced bad-debt charges as a result of the benign credit environment. 'The group has good ...

  6. French bank has vacancy for a top executive

    Posted Aug 06th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Susie Gyopos A French corporate and investment bank has an opening for a vice-president with initiative and the passion to identify and originate new transactions. Calyon is part of the Credit Agricole Group, and was created in May last year from the merger between Credit Agricole Indosuez and Credit Lyonnais' corporate and investment banking division. 'The new VP ...

  7. Fearless Ah Pak knows best where banks are hurt most

    Posted Sep 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Central branch, claiming that advice from a bank employee had caused him to suffer a loss of $237,254, or 10 per cent of the principal, on mutual fund investments. Victor Zee Chi-sing, who formerly owned a travel agency, said he had been a customer of the bank for 45 years and was a CitiGold member with about $3 million worth of investment. Mr Zee also threatened to take the case ...

  8. Ping An aims to build brand through banking expansion

    Posted Aug 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Ping An Insurance (Group) plans to further expand its banking business and seek new investment in infrastructure projects in the second half of this year after reporting a 47.3 per cent growth in first-half net profit to 2.25 billion yuan. 'We have various initiatives to expand our banking business. This will include applying for a full-scope renminbi operating ...

  9. Minsheng Banking cleared to seek HK flotation

    Posted Mar 26th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... said a Minsheng offering was likely to be well-received by foreign investors, who have few avenues for investment into the mainland banking sector. Prospective investors may, however, demand ... at Minsheng's heels in the race to become the first mainland bank to tap foreign portfolio investment abroad. CSRC's approval for Minsheng's Hong Kong flotation came despite lingering ...

  10. China banks not ripe for listing

    Posted Jun 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... here later this year. Major mainland banks intent on selling shares internationally faced the challenge of convincing potential investors of their investment value, analysts said. 'What we ... State injections cloud lenders' balance sheets and, consequently, their full potential, writes Bei Hu The past year has seen a flurry of subordinated debt issues by Chinese banks ...




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