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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Hang Seng expects drop in new mortgage loans

    Posted Apr 19th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... at the bank had jumped 300 per cent from last week, before the metal's price slumped, he said. Hang Seng expects drop in new mortgage loans ... New mortgage lending is likely to drop this year as a result of government measures to cool the property market, a senior banker at Hang Seng Bank said. Nixon Chan Lik-sang, the head ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - SETTLEMENTS

    JP Morgan to pay US$614m in mortgage fraud case

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 01:29pm by Reuters

    ... to the US government and admitted that it had defrauded federal agencies by underwriting substandard mortgage loans. JP Morgan, the largest US bank by assets, said as part of the settlement ... hostile environment for women in a mortgage loan centre in Ohio. On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy judge approved the bank's US$543 million deal to end two private lawsuits stemming from its ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance

    Lenders shift focus amid muted mortgage market

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 04:50am by KANIS LI

    ... according to their interim reports. Bankers predict very slow mortgage business growth in the second half. Outstanding mortgage loan portfolios run off at a rate of 5 to 6 per cent a year, according ... months of this year. As it is hard to grow the mortgage book in a depressed property market, some banks are forced to find other ways to provide loans. "Banks will focus on commercial ...

  4. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    Fed may keep buying mortgage bonds to curb interest rates for home loans

    Posted Jul 17th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... US economic-policy makers are in no rush to stop buying mortgage bonds, as purchases help keep a lid on interest rates for home loans When Federal Reserve policymakers start to curb US$85 ... on trimming purchases of Treasuries, while continuing to buy mortgage bonds to keep a lid on interest rates for home loans. "There is a valid case to slow Treasury purchases before MBS ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCIAL CRISIS

    JPMorgan admits overstating mortgage quality

    Posted Nov 20th 2013, 10:01am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington and New York Biggest US bank admits routinely overstating quality of mortgages it sold investors; many of the loans went bad JPMorgan admits overstating mortgage ... General Eric Holder At issue in Tuesday’s settlement was the long chain of parties between the original mortgage lender and the ultimate investor in the loan. Often smaller lenders would make ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Hong Kong banks to undergo mortgage loan checks

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... loan check Banks may face a higher capital requirement as the city's de facto central bank will step up its review of their capital adequacy levels. Starting with their mortgage ... to review mortgage books and the authority would discuss with individual banks to decide which part of their loan portfolios would be reviewed next. The authority has ordered eight banks to raise ...

  7. UK banks tighten purse strings on loans

    Posted Aug 04th 2010, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Richard Warren in London Non-British investors are finding it increasingly difficult to secure mortgages on British property as many high-street banks and building societies refuse loans ... of lack of finance, than we are used to. Buyers need to be mentally prepared for that.' The Council of Mortgage Lenders had forecast GBP150 billion (HK$1.83 trillion) would be loaned ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - FUNDRAISING

    IPO by pawnshop chain designed to grow mortgage loans

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by Ray Chan

    ... into mortgage loans. The company started its mortgage business in 2009, with mortgage loans surging to HK$67 million in November last year from HK$4 million in February 2010. It has 80 mortgage loan ... and even flats or commercial properties. It charges interest rates of as much as 41.5 per cent per year on pawn loans and 15 per cent on mortgage loans. The company, which was established since ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    Loan growth boosts Hang Seng Bank's earnings

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 01:24am by Enoch Yiu

    ... in residential mortgage loans and other trade-related lending. It also enjoyed a wider net interest margin- the gap between the interest rate it charges borrowers and the rate it pays depositors- to 1.89 ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Gains in home and commercial lending, along with rising fee income, help the bank deliver 38 per cent increase in net profit Loan growth boosts Hang Seng Hang ...

  10. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    US mortgage giants offer incentive to walk away from home loan debt woes

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... up payments as their homes lost value erase their debts by giving up the properties, helping Americans escape underwater loans while adding to losses at the mortgage giants bailed out with US$190 billion of taxpayer money. In Hong Kong, underwater loans are known as negative equity when homes are worth less than the mortgages on them. Non-delinquent borrowers with illness, job ...




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