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  1. Business - Banking & Finance

    Bank robbers out in the open

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Uncanny similarities exist between the mafia and many of the most important American bankers of the past decade, according to a US law don Bank robbers out in the open Who's robbing banks now? Willie Sutton, infamous as a bank robber, gained fame for his supposed response when he was asked why he robbed banks: "Because that's where the money ...

  2. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    'Shadow' homes could burden US housing agencies, report says

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development in a joint report. These loan delinquencies represent a "shadow inventory" of homes that could hit the market if foreclosed on, ... on the number of shadow inventory properties that are ultimately foreclosed on," it said. Since the housing market boom and bust, the government has employed billions of dollars to help borrowers ...

  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Bank on it- doomsday not so nigh

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... crisis Bank on it- doomsday not so nigh Banks may be required to beef up capital as HKMA steps up review after ordering increase in risk weighting for residential business SCMP, March 20 I can ... it is the overall three-month overdue or rescheduled delinquency rate for the overall banking system. This stands at present at 0.41 per cent, which also isn't very high but is still 40 times higher ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - PROPERTY

    Big banks worry as mortgage interest rate gaps opens with smaller lenders

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI, Sandy Li

    ... Kanis Li and Sandy Li Large lenders may have to introduce incentives to keep customers as smaller banks fail to raise interest rates in line with big operators Big banks worry as mortgage gaps opens Hong Kong's big banks are anxious to see smaller peers follow the rises in mortgage interest rates the largest operators announced earlier this month, after a gap opened up ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Hong Kong banks to undergo mortgage loan checks

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

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com Banks may be required to beef up capital as HKMA steps up review after ordering increase in risk weighting for residential business Lenders to undergo mortgage 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 ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - PROPERTY

    Sellers cut asking prices on homes as banks raise mortgage rates

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li, Yvonne Liu and Paggie Leung Sellers cut prices by 10 per cent after HSBC and Standard Chartered put rates up for new buyers Home prices fall as banks raise mortgage rates Home sellers have cut their asking prices by as much as 10 per cent in response to higher mortgage rates for new applicants announced by HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank. From today, HSBC's best ...

  7. Property - International - SWITZERLAND

    Swiss banks told to rein in lending or face restrictions as bubble fears grow

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Swiss measure intended to curb credit growth, and is likely to push up down payments for buyers and reduce size of mortgages available Switzerland's central bank has a message for lenders: act now to stem surging credit growth or face further restrictions. The government, at the urging of the Swiss National Bank, last week ordered banks to hold additional capital as a buffer ...

  8. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Bank of England's lending scheme fuels rise in Britain's house prices

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Mortgage approvals hit 11-month high as central bank's credit-easing scheme begins to take effect House prices in Britain rose last month as the Bank of England's credit-easing ... to an 11-month high in December as the central bank's Funding for Lending Scheme eased conditions in the home-loan market. The bank is counting on the programme to encourage lending and provide ...

  9. Things always end badly when capital is mispriced

    Posted Nov 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the banking system into the informal 'shadow' market. According to Nigel Chalk, IMF country officer for China, more credit may now be finding its way into the economy through shadow lending ... led to crisis. Now it looks as if China is repeating the error. As inflation rates climbed following 2009's bank lending binge, policymakers in Beijing were reluctant to raise interest ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - MAINLAND

    Demand to keep mainland property market buoyant, say bank analysts

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... measures to regulate the market, the analysts said. Data from investment bank Nomura's equity research team showed that the aggregate value of sales of private properties increased by 10 per ... one year ago. Ma Jun, chief China economist at Deutsche Bank, said in some big cities inventory levels were now as low as five or six months, compared with an average of 10 months. ...




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