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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    PBOC's liquidity boost raises fears over third-quarter Chinese GDP data

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 04:39am by DON WEINLAND

    ... to a note from Yuanta Securities. The mainland's housing market has slowed considerably since the start of the year, with home prices falling in almost all major cities. The lending facilities ... house transactions are subject to a 5 per cent tax from five years to two years. Forty-one of the 46 cities that introduced home purchase restrictions have relaxed them, while the central ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1620854/pbocs-liquidity-boost-raises-fears-over-third-quarter
  2. News - Hong Kong - BANKING

    Two-year programme launched to collect unwanted small change

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 04:02am by ALAN YU

    ... Alan Yu alan.yu@scmp.com Small change makes a big impact The Monetary Authority has launched a programme to take cash out of Hongkongers' pockets, as well as jars, dishes and money boxes around their homes. In a two-year programme that began yesterday, two collection trucks will be stationed at various points around the city collecting unwanted coins that market merchants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1610986/two-year-programme-launched-collect-unwanted-small-change
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Espirito Santo problems spook global markets

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 01:31am by REUTERS. BLOOMBERG

    ... Agencies Wall Street and euro tumble after Portugal's top bank unveils exposure to troubled parent firm Espirito Santo problems spook global markets US stocks fell yesterday after the health of Portugal's top listed bank was questioned, bringing back to markets the spectre of a weakened Europe. Espirito Santo Financial Group, the largest shareholder in Banco Espirito ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1551523/espirito-santo-problems-spook-global-markets
  4. 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 ... "They did so at the expense of millions of ordinary Americans and investors of all types- including other financial institutions, universities and pension funds, cities and towns, and even ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1554353/citigroup-pay-us7b-settlement-us-subprime-mortgage-fiasco
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Hong Kong and mainland creditors seek Lehman Brothers payout

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 02:57am by Toh Han Shih

    ... of the People's Republic of China, and US$1.21 million to China Citic Bank. The fund will also pay almost US$583,600 to the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The city state's sovereign wealth fund, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1555919/hong-kong-and-mainland-creditors-seek-lehman-brothers
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Foreign banks in Shanghai free-trade zone lack permits to transfer funds freely

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:58am by George Chen, Jeanny Yu

    ... of the new banking system in the zone. The 10 foreign banks that have opened subsidiaries in the zone are Britain's HSBC and Standard Chartered, US bank Citi, Japan's Bank ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1549490/lack-permit-stalls-ability-foreign-banks-ftz-branches
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Moody's warns Hong Kong banks over increased loans exposure to mainland

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 11:38pm by DON WEINLAND

    ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com Increased exposure to mainland borrowers poses risks to banks, says ratings agency, amid concerns over companies' ability to repay loans Moody's casts new cloud over city's lenders Ratings agency Moody's restated its negative outlook on the city's banking system yesterday in a new report highlighting the risks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1541301/moodys-warns-hong-kong-banks-over-increased-loans-exposure
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    HSBC boosts oversight on metals financing in wake of Qingdao probe

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:07am by Enoch Yiu

    ... at metals financing HSBC, the city's largest bank, which has been aggressively expanding on the mainland, is carefully examining all commodities financing transactions following reports ... the uncertainty of the situation in Qingdao, we are thoroughly assessing each transaction on its own merit." HSBC is the latest bank to join lenders such as Standard Chartered and Citi to monitor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1533603/hsbc-boosts-oversight-metals-financing-wake-qingdao-probe
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Too big to jail? No bank above the law, says US Attorney General

    Posted May 06th 2014, 09:31am by AFP

    ... of anonymity. And the Wall Street Journal reported that Credit Suisse was about to reach an agreement with the US Justice Department to pay a US$1 billion fine and plead guilty to helping wealthy ... Agricole and Societe Generale, laundered money and broke US embargoes by doing business with countries such as Cuba and Iran, a source close to the investigation said. The Wall Street Journal said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1505628/too-big-jail-no-bank-above-law-says-us-attorney-general
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Shanghai allows city-owned firm to buy bad loans from local banks

    Posted Mar 07th 2014, 02:40pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Shanghai Shanghai gets bad-loan bank as concerns grow The Shanghai government has given approval to a city-owned investment company to buy non-performing loans from local banks, state media reported yesterday. It is the latest local government on the mainland bracing for an expected rise in bad debt. Shanghai's launch of a dedicated "bad-loan bank" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1442573/shanghai-allows-city-owned-firm-buy-bad-loans-local-banks

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