Chinese brokerage drops plans for Shanghai IPO in favour of Hong Kong

Hong Kong's stock exchange could benefit from a fresh influx of IPO hopefuls from the mainland. Photo: Reuters

After two years, Central China Securities has scrapped its plans for an initial public offering in Shanghai as the mainland brokerage believes it will be easier and quicker to raise up to US$400 million in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 12:35am

Hong Kong employees at Asian banks expecting strong bonus season

The Hong Kong staff at Western banks may get a smaller bonus.

Many Hong Kong-based employees of Asian financial companies, including mainland banks and securities firms that have expanded their offshore business in the city in recent years, may enjoy a better bonus season this year than their peers at Western banks.

8 Jan 2014 - 9:43am

Job-hopping brokers with shady past spell trouble for investors

One broker fired by Paine Webber was immediately hired by Wachovia Securities. Photo: EPA

There are no second acts in American life unless you are a stock broker. Then, there can be third and fourth acts, too.

Some brokers who get fired have no trouble getting a new job the next day. Others move from firm to firm, despite having regulatory troubles or mounting complaints from customers.

8 Nov 2013 - 4:05pm

Credit clamps push smaller brokers to brink

Smaller brokers are losing out in iBond sales. Photo: Nora Tam

Smaller brokers in Hong Kong are losing clients, and some are on the verge of shutting down as credit limits by banks constrain them from offering margin financing to buyers of iBonds.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:20am

Hong Kong brokers face funding squeeze in rush for iBonds

Hongkongers line up outside a bank in Kwun Tong on Tuesday to get in on the third batch of low-risk iBonds. Photo: Dickson Lee

Some Hongkongers hoping to buy the government's third batch of iBonds with a loan from a stockbroker rather than a bank may be out of luck, as banks have been cutting off credit to brokers in a battle for new customers.

7 Jun 2013 - 2:30am

Galaxy Securities IPO raises HK$8.3b

China Galaxy Securities has raised HK$8.3 billion from its initial public offering after pricing its shares at HK$5.30 each, near the bottom of its range. The state-owned brokerage firm hired a record 21 investment banks as bookrunners. Photo: Reuters

The state-owned brokerage firm sold 1.57 billion shares at HK$5.30 per share, near the bottom of its range between HK$4.99 and HK$6.77, after investor concern over its profitability and growth strategy in the highly fragmented mainland brokerage market.

16 May 2013 - 3:53am

Galaxy Securities to expand margin financing business

Galaxy Securities to expand margin financing business

China Galaxy Securities, the nation's seventh-largest brokerage firm by assets, is expanding its margin financing and securities lending businesses to tackle fragmented and low-margin operating conditions at home.

9 May 2013 - 4:39am

Beijing liberalises mutual fund market

A Ping An Insurance building in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

The decision is expected to introduce more than 50 new competitors to the mutual fund sector as the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) strives to drive up the key indicators.

20 Feb 2013 - 2:20am

Weak sentiment takes shine off mainland brokers

In 2009, the mainland's brokerage industry reported a 90 per cent profit jump, thanks to an 80 per cent increase in the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index, but it has been criticised for its incapacity to generate profits in challenging times.

Mainland brokerages reported declining profits for a third year in 2012 as jittery investors and a sluggish market for initial public offerings (IPOs) added to weak trading conditions.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:47am

Cheung Tin-sang: Broker with the personal touch

Paul Chow, former chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (left), with veteran broker Cheung Tin-sang. Photo: Enoch Yiu

In the era of the mega firm, you may wonder why there are still 430 small brokerages active in the city. The answer may well be the innate human need for relationships.

Cheung Tin-sang, who turned 75 last weekend, is a typical example of how traditional brokers survive in the city.

11 Dec 2012 - 2:55am

China to begin tests on expanded short selling system

Shanghai's stock index has suffered big falls. Photo: Xinhua

The mainland's securities regulator is expected to begin testing a new technical system for expanded short selling in the coming weeks, a move likely to exacerbate the bearish sentiment on markets.

15 Nov 2012 - 5:02am

Hong Kong brokers seek institutional business

Richard Seaward says institutional investors always have a need to invest. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong brokers who depend for their basic business on the city's small investors are gearing up to serve big institutional clients as retail transactions dry up on the stock market.

29 Oct 2012 - 5:08am

Citic seeks ¥10b for aggressive takeover fund

Citic seeks ¥10b for aggressive takeover fund

Mainland brokerages are expected to inject new life into the country's sluggish private-equity sector after the regulator waived rules to help them diversify their revenue sources.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

China Galaxy Securities to bring in more bookrunners in share sale

China Galaxy Securities to bring in more bookrunners in share sale

China Galaxy Securities is set to include additional bookrunners in its dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai that could raise more than US$1 billion as soon as the first quarter of next year.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:39am