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  1. US slowdown, closures pose lending challenge

    Posted May 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheuk-kuen, the wholesale banking head of origination and client coverage, said interest margins for financing had increased by 30 to 100 basis points since the subprime crisis began. 'It's ... soon. 'The US may go into a recession, which will affect Hong Kong's exports-related business, and we still don't know whether global lenders' write-downs on their subprime ...

  2. Mortgage lending slows as market cools

    Posted Jul 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito The mainland's mortgage lending market will continue to shrink, as the property market is unlikely to recover from the effects of government-imposed austerity measures next ... steam as the economy softened next year because of the macroeconomic controls introduced last year. With property transactions falling, it was logical that mortgage growth would slow, Mr Qu ...

  3. A much-needed boost for the private economy

    Posted Sep 07th 2009, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei After months of dithering and wrangling, the leadership is to release a new series of measures to boost the private economy within the next few months as its controversial 4 trillion yuan (HK$4.5 trillion) economic stimulus package is losing ...

  4. Foreign securities investment outflow falls 98pc to US$2.3b

    Posted Jun 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The subprime mortgage crisis had shaved substantial returns from debt instruments, particularly those from global commercial banks. Net inflow of overseas investment in debt instruments fell to US$12.9 ...

  5. Waste feared in last-gasp spending

    Posted Dec 21st 2009, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... months. But maintenance is not encouraged.' Mizuno likened the wastage in projects in China to the US subprime mortgage crisis. In the case of that crisis, housing loans had been processed, ... to make them worth something, because you passed it on,' Mizuno said. 'In China, you have a system very much like the US subprime system, where a lot of people have the incentive ...

  6. Polluted markets

    Posted Aug 18th 2008, 12:00am by James Dorn

    ... which included subprime mortgages, few people were paying much attention to the potential for disaster. A combination of loose monetary policy, lax risk assessment, and the ability to easily ... James Dorn The US subprime crisis has some valuable lessons for China, the foremost being that market socialism is no magic wand for wealth creation. When the US Congress created Fannie ...

  7. Developers stay on target despite austerity threat to sales figures

    Posted Nov 06th 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Developers are expected to achieve the property sales targets they set at the beginning of this year, even though some of them have seen their revenues decline in the last month because of the latest round of austerity measures. But analysts sa ...

  8. Bank loans may exceed target, economist says

    Posted Aug 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing Mainland banks are likely to extend more loans than the government's target this year as they may be called upon to help out in the event of an economic slowdown, according to a leading economist. Yuan Gangming, a researcher with ...

  9. New loans fall as mainland banks tighten credit

    Posted Aug 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing New loans extended by banks on the mainland fell to 532.8 billion yuan (HK$610.86 billion) last month as the authorities kept lending in check after last year's binge. The amount was down from the 603.4 billion yuan extended in Ju ...

  10. Bank reports on asset quality keenly awaited

    Posted Jul 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing When mainland banks report second-quarter results next month, asset quality will be at the forefront as the lenders unveil the results of the reviews ordered by regulators into loans to local government financing vehicles. Concerns are ...




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