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  1. StanChart extends profit-growth run

    Posted Aug 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com Standard Chartered Bank will continue to invest and hire in the second half of this year, after posting record first-half profits for the 10th consecutive year. Net profit rose 12 per cent to US$2.8 billion compared with the s ...

  2. Insurers to help run national medical plan

    Posted Apr 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Beijing has opened the door for commercial insurers to help run a national medical insurance plan. The move is to help ensure the efficient ... or three years you see that the government pays more to buy the service,' Nie said. 'But in the long run the cost will be lower because the cost to establish and run such a government ...

  3. French and US insurers in running for HSBC sale

    Posted Feb 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com HSBC's plan to sell its general insurance business worldwide is close to the final stages, with French insurance giant AXA and US insurer ACE on the short-list of potential buyers, say people familiar with the situation. ...

  4. Beijing running out of options

    Posted Oct 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Beijing has stepped in to rescue the ailing domestic stock market by using Central Huijin Investment to buy 200 million yuan (HK$244.5 million) worth of shares in the nation's biggest banks. But analysts said y ...

  5. Time running out for offerings by mainland firms

    Posted Aug 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... May Chan may.chan@scmp.com The clock is ticking for cash-strapped mainland companies seeking to list in Hong Kong this year, but market sources say few are realistic enough to scale back their deal size to meet bleak market sentiment. Any listing hopefuls ...

  6. Upbeat IPO pitch downplays risks run by commodity trader

    Posted May 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... but simply by running much greater risks than its competitors. In essence, Glencore has two business lines. The older and more profitable is the company's commodity trading arm (although ... of their long bull run. Current prices factor in a steep increase in Chinese demand for commodities over the next decade, Jessop argued. But if Beijing achieves its objective of steering the economy ...

  7. Mini-QFII scheme set for trial run to bolster troubled A-share market

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... expected to start a trial run of the mini-QFII programme before the end of last year, but the liberalisation was delayed as regulators spent more time working out supervision of the capital flow ...

  8. Banks running out of cash as economy soars

    Posted Nov 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing The mainland's biggest banks will have a massive need to raise funds in the next couple of years, says a top official with Central Huijin Investment, the major shareholder of state banks. As the economy grew and money deposits exp ...

  9. Searching for the source of the latest run-up in gold

    Posted Nov 26th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and been wrong. Most recently, early last month, with the price at US$1,048, it warned, 'At these prices, speculating on gold is a high-risk trade'. The argument then was that the run ... of a basket of non-dollar currencies. The run-up in gold can no longer be attributed principally to dollar weakness. Something else is going on. In addition to buying gold as a currency hedge, people ...

  10. Believing in the bears, running with the bulls

    Posted Nov 11th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... ended when the ratio has reached single figures and says that this time will be no different. According to him, the current run-up is simply a temporary rally in an ongoing bear market. He ... in Edward's ultra-bearish outlook for stock markets should be able to make handsome returns, provided they are ready to jump into the ring when the bulls are running. ...




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