Bank Deposits

Hong Kong banks battle for deposits earlier this year

The HKMA has brought forward its deadline for banks to review their lending policies from June to the end of this month. Photo: Sam Tsang

A regulatory directive that banks in Hong Kong fund the loans they make with deposits of longer tenure has spurred the lenders to begin their annual battle for deposits earlier this year.

Saturday, 15 March, 2014, 5:05am

Banks fight back against online investment products

While Alibaba made its name in e-commerce, its Yu E Bao investment fund has drawn 400 billion yuan from investors. Photo: Bloomberg

The mainland's bricks-and-mortar banks are launching a counterattack against the assault on their business from Alibaba and other internet heavyweights, in an attempt to staunch the outflow of bank deposits into high-yielding online investment products.

25 Feb 2014 - 12:57am

Big Cyprus savers could lose 60pc

Big savers in Cyprus' largest bank face losses of up to 60 per cent. Photo: AP

Big savers in Cyprus' largest bank face losses of up to 60 per cent, far greater than originally feared under the island's controversial European Union-led bailout plan, officials said.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:22am

Cyprus girds for run on banks after sealing bailout

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades leaves following a Eurozone meeting on Monday at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. Photo: AFP

The president of Cyprus assured his people a bailout deal he struck with the European Union was in their best interests and would end anxiety, but he also announced “very temporary” capital controls to stem a run on the island’s banks.

26 Mar 2013 - 5:48am

Last-minute deal resurrects Cyprus bailout

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L) leaves after a euro zone meeting in Brussels early on Monday. European Union and International Monetary Fund officials have struck a last-minute deal with Cyprus to resurrect a bailout for the island -- but one banking chain goes to the wall and major clients, who include many Russians, will take a giant hit. Photo: AFP

EU and IMF officials struck a last-minute deal with Cyprus early Monday to resurrect a bailout for the island - but one banking chain goes to the wall and major clients, who include many Russians, will take a giant hit.

26 Mar 2013 - 1:21am 2 comments

Thank the Cypriot parliament for averting euro-catastrophe

The Cypriot parliament voted unanimously against plans to slap a tax on the islanders' bank deposits. Photo: AP

It can have surprised no one that members of the Cypriot parliament voted unanimously against plans to slap a tax on the islanders' bank deposits.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:20am 4 comments

Cyprus bank levy spooks Hong Kong investors

Plans by Cyprus for a tax on bank deposits renewed fears over Europe's financial stability and saw stock exchanges fall. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong stocks had their largest fall in more than a month yesterday, led by HSBC, as plans by Cyprus to levy an unexpected tax on bank deposits triggered fresh worries over financial stability in Europe and panic selling across the board.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:24am

It's risk-off again as troika plays with fire in Cyprus

Cypriot savers have been angered by the bail-out terms. Photo: AFP

Anyone who thought financial markets had broken out of the risk-on, risk-off cycle that has dominated trading for the last couple of years surely changed their mind yesterday.

In Hong Kong the benchmark Hang Seng stock index tumbled 2 per cent as investors reacted to the proposed bail-out deal for Cyprus by rushing to take their money off the table.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:16am 3 comments

Cyprus president in desperate bid to prevent run on banks

People queue to use an ATM machine outside a Bank of Cyprus branch in the southern port city of Limassol after learning of a one-time levy on bank deposits. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has vowed to ask the euro group of nations to “limit the impact on small depositors”. Photo: AP

President Nicos Anastasiades will on Monday attempt to persuade Cypriot lawmakers to back an EU bailout deal that slaps a levy on bank savings, amid fears of a run on accounts if he fails.

Anastasiades, in an address to the shell-shocked nation on Sunday night, said that rejecting the EU demands would have seen Cyprus exit the eurozone and face bankruptcy.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:06pm

Cypriots shocked as euro bail out includes 10pc tax on bank accounts

People queue at an ATM in Larnaca, Cyprus, yesterday. Photo: AP

Cyprus government agreed to a €10 billion (HK$101 billion) bailout that includes an unprecedented levy on all bank deposits. The debt rescue package, agreed with the euro zone and International Monetary Fund earlier in the day in Brussels, is significantly less than the €17 billion Cyprus had initially sought.

18 Mar 2013 - 9:48am

Yuan deposits set to leap to one trillion by end of 2013

Just 13 per cent of Hong Kong's pool of 600 billion yuan in deposits was lent out last year. Photo: AFP

The pool of yuan deposits in Hong Kong rose 5.6 per cent last month from November to 603 billion yuan. It has surged from less than 100 billion yuan in 2009 and peaked at 627 billion yuan in November 2011.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:22am

China's boom in wealth management products makes economists fear

A Huaxia Bank branch, like this one in Beijing, came under national spotlight after an employee promoted a WMP. Photo: Bloomberg

The mainland's smaller banks boosted sales of wealth management products (WMPs) to account for more than 85 per cent of the 3.5 trillion yuan (HK$4.34 trillion) of offerings in the first nine months of this year, raising credit risks and deposit costs, Fitch Ratings said.

13 Dec 2012 - 5:25am

Student loan agency criticised over HK$608m in default arrears

The Student Financial Assistance Agency has been criticised by the Director of Audit for slow loan recovery work, leading to default arrears totalling more than HK$608 million.

26 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

A sense of security

Hong Kong must do everything it can to create social stability by reassuring families they need not worry about basic public services during economic downturns. The government should declare in the 2009 budget that it will not raise prices on things like school fees and public sector health services, and will even reduce them.

18 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Urban families prefer to save

Urban families are continuing to save rather than spend, despite relatively low consumer prices and government efforts to stimulate spending.

A survey carried out in 50 cities across the country last month found that consumers were putting money aside for their children's education and large purchases such as cars, Xinhua reported.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm