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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Citigroup to pay US$7b in settlement on US subprime mortgage fiasco

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 01:36am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington Citi settles subprime probe for US$7b Citigroup will pay US$7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the US financial crisis. The settlement stems from the sale of securities made up of subprime mortgages, which fuelled both the housing boom and the bust that triggered the Great Recession ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1554353/citigroup-pay-us7b-settlement-us-subprime-mortgage-fiasco
  2. Business - Companies

    Businesses in city 'must plan ahead' to limit damage from rising sea levels, experts say

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... as predicted? The city's rugged coastline and high sea walls offer some protection but government and businesses cannot be complacent from the threat of stronger typhoons and accompanying storm ... and Development Department, and a report was expected by early next year. In a 2012 report, the Hong Kong Business Environment Council, a corporate-sponsored think tank, recommended a "first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1548220/businesses-city-must-plan-ahead-limit-damage-rising-sea-levels
  3. Business - China Business

    Business managers taking exposure to floods more seriously

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com Managers taking exposure more seriously Business managers in the Pearl River Delta are thinking more about their exposure to natural ... of insurance of last resort," Nelson said. "But as businesses grow and [the economy is] commercialised and industrialised … we are seeing insurance penetration rates rising, encouraged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1548222/business-managers-taking-exposure-floods-more-seriously
  4. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    New town in northeast New Territories threatens businesses and jobs

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com New town in northeast NT will condemn businesses, as well as squatters, to an uncertain fate There goes the livelihood If a new town is built in Kwu Tung in the northeast New Territories, bulldozers will not just raze hundreds of metal and concrete squatter homes. They will also destroy businesses and factories, including one run by James Pong Yuen-shin. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548174/new-town-northeast-new-territories-threatens-businesses-and-jobs
  5. Business - Companies - INNOVATION

    Industry innovation must extend to business models

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 01:51am by Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine

    ... and reach US$5 billion in sales in just three years. Another example of business model innovation comes from Alibaba. Unlike US internet marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon and others that have ... Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine A practice that was successful 10 years ago may have become obsolete now because of evolving technology and changing customer tastes Business model ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1547005/industry-innovation-must-extend-business-models
  6. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Xi Jinping arrives in Seoul with huge business delegation as Beijing aims to boost trade ties

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 04:02am by Teddy Ng, Cary Huang

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing and Cary Huang Xi really means business during visit to Seoul Xi Jinping has arrived in Seoul accompanied by a huge business delegation on his first trip to South Korea as president, as Beijing aims to elevate trade ties. During his two-day visit, Xi will meet his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, and attend a business forum. Xi also will meet senior management ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1545181/huge-business-delegation-accompanies-xi-jinping-seoul
  7. Business - MACROSCOPE

    US Fed must stick to transparency without giving away the store

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:18am by DAVID BROWN

    ... David Brown US central bank has been telegraphing its moves too clearly, leading to inflated markets. But switching to opacity now has dangers of its own Fed must stick to transparency without giving away the store Sometimes markets can get too much of a good thing. When conditions start to become too frothy and speculative, the risk of overindulgence sets in. US markets already ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1556897/us-fed-must-stick-transparency-without-giving-away-store
  8. News - World - FINANCE

    No revenue, no assets, yet worth US$billions: stock regulators pull plug on social networking firm

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 06:32am by GUARDIAN, Bloomberg, Reuters

    ... to create a social-network business. After the company's shares skyrocketed in value for no apparent reason, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulation ... Agencies in New York No revenue, no assets, yet worth US$ billion for no apparent reason- US authorities pull the plug on penny-stock social-networking company Trading halted on mystery ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552863/no-revenue-no-assets-yet-worth-usb-stock-regulators-pull-plug-social
  9. News - World - DRUGS

    Rules to protect children issued to marijuana stores in Washington, US

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 12:19am by Reuters

    ... the drug in confectionery, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, say new guidelines. Washington became the second US state to allow recreational sales of marijuana to adults ... of the US. Recreational sales began in Colorado on January. 1. Things have started slowly in the Pacific Northwest, where Washington state regulators have issued just 25 licences to retailers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556211/rules-protect-children-issued-marijuana-stores-washington-us
  10. Business - Companies - THE VIEW

    Can Alibaba overcome the 'China syndrome' with its US IPO?

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:18am by Peter Guy

    ... charged and suspended by a US judge for refusing to cooperate with US Securities and Exchanges Commission subpoenas. China's Ministry of Finance wants to bar international accounting firms ... the famous short-seller of US-listed Chinese stocks, has described NQ Mobile as "unequivocally a fraud". To avoid embarrassing itself, PwC needs to avoid taking on as audit clients Chinese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1556889/can-alibaba-overcome-china-syndrome-its-us-ipo

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