Chinese Economy

US brokerage Charles Schwab eyes expansion in China

Lisa Hunt, executive vice president at Charles Schwab's International Services & Special Business Development, and James Sun, managing director at Charles Schwab Hong Kong, pose for a picture in the firm's Hong Kong office. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Charles Schwab, one of the world’s biggest brokerage houses with client assets worth US$2.46 trillion, is eying expansion in China as it seeks to tap growing demand from mainland investors who want to buy foreign securities.

Thursday, 29 January, 2015, 12:26pm

China’s Sino-Ocean Land Holdings announces US$1.2 billion in guaranteed notes

Apartment blocks are featured in Beijing. Sino-Ocean Land Holdings issued the first dollar debt by a mainland China developer this year despite worries over default fears in the market. Photo: Reuters

The year’s first dollar debt sold by a mainland China developer comes with a surprisingly low yield given the default fears stalking the market in the wake of Kaisa’s troubles.

29 Jan 2015 - 12:07pm

China consumer sentiment declines slightly in January as jobs, real estate outlook weighs

Potatoes nearly swamp two dealers in Shaanxi province as consumer sentiment in China was clouded by the outlook for jobs the real estate market. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese consumer sentiment declined slightly in January, as confidence in jobs and the real estate outlook remained subdued while spending on durable goods fell to a record low.

The Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Indicator dropped to 112.1 in January, near the record low seen in October last year, and reversed a December rebound.

28 Jan 2015 - 12:46pm taps international suppliers for broad imported food initiative

Starbucks coffee branch in Europe. Starbucks is one of several US products that are now available on Photo: Bloomberg, the largest online direct sales company in China, is looking to expand the selection of imported foods and beverages sold to its 50 million mainland customers under its first major promotion with six countries.

21 Apr 2015 - 11:26am

Carnival, China Merchants set up cruise shipping joint venture

A man looks at a cruise ship docked in Hong Kong. Carnival and China Merchants Bank have signed agreements for two possible joint ventures. Photo: Reuters

Miami-based Carnival, the world’s biggest cruise line, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with state-owned China Merchants in Shekou, Shenzhen to explore the possibility for two joint ventures.

One entity will order new ships to be designed and built in mainland China, in addition to plans to acquire existing cruise ships.

27 Jan 2015 - 11:40pm

China’s cities taking steps to pare record housing inventories

A worker cleans an apartment block in Beijing. The government is taking steps to reduce housing inventory. Photo: Reuters

Starting from mid-February till the end of this year, home buyers in China’s third-tier city of Shaoxing in Zhejiang province will be given a tax refund from the local government of at least 0.8 per cent of the deal price.

18 Apr 2015 - 5:54pm

China’s oil and gas majors to keep an eye out for acquisition opportunities overseas

A PetroChina logo is seen at a gas station in Beijing. China's oil majors will be looking this year at overseas acquisitions. Photo: Reuters


Mainland China’s state-backed oil and gas giants will likely be more active in looking at overseas acquisition opportunities this year to take advantage of sharply lower oil prices, after taking a breather last year amid corruption probes and an emphasis on spending and investment discipline.

27 Jan 2015 - 10:22am

China’s Medisun enters into partnership deal with Mayo Clinic in United States

The famed Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, which entered into a partnership agreement with Medisun in China. Photo: AP

US hospital Mayo Clinic has entered into a partnership agreement with Chinese healthcare firm Medisun Holdings to collaborate on patient services and regenerative treatment research, a statement posted Monday morning to the stock exchange said.

26 Jan 2015 - 9:45am

Shanghai takes China lead as annual report ignores GDP growth target

In the past two years, Shanghai has lowered its growth target from 8 per cent to 7.5 per cent. Photo: Reuters

Shanghai has become the first big city or provincial government to drop economic growth targets from its annual work report, a landmark break from the country's decades-long obsession with GDP.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:25pm

China’s bad loan ratio jumps at end of 2014, much higher than expectations

A bank employee counts Chinese yuan notes. The ratio of bad loans held by banks in China jumped at the end of 2014. Photo: Bloomberg

The mainland banking sector’s non-performing loan ratio jumped to 1.64 per cent at the end of 2014, according to China’s banking regulator, up from 1.16 at the end of the third quarter of the year and marking the biggest quarter-on-quarter jump in the official bad-loan count on record.

23 Jan 2015 - 3:48pm

China’s Ping An Insurance buys Tower Place in London

Chinese insurance conglomerate Ping An has bought Tower Place in London. Photo: Bloomberg

Ping An Insurance bought the Tower Place in London from Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management for £327 million, in its second purchase in the city’s financial district in less than two years.

The mainland’s second-largest insurer bought London’s iconic Lloyd’s building for £260 million in its first overseas foray in July 2013.

23 Jan 2015 - 12:32pm

China PMI shows January factory growth stalls, fanning worries over deflation

Chinese workers at a garment factory in Anhui province. Growth in the country's factories stalled for the second month running in January. Photo: AP

Falling prices are a concern for China, which wants to avoid Japan’s fate of sinking into a 20-year deflationary funk that has depressed consumption and economic growth.

24 Jan 2015 - 1:20pm

Job gains cushion China's slowest growth in 24 years

The mainland beat the target on job creation last year despite the slowest economic expansion in 24 years. Photo: Reuters

The first miss of a government growth target since 1998 and the mainland's slowest gross domestic product expansion in 24 years were still enough to create more jobs than expected in 2014.

21 Jan 2015 - 8:31am 2 comments

China's workforce shrinks by nearly 4 million amid greying population

A Chinese baby in the arms of his father at a furniture store in Beijing. Photo: AFP

The mainland's working-age population continued to fall last year as Beijing struggled to address a spiralling demographic challenge made worse by its one-child policy.

21 Jan 2015 - 5:05am

Slower growth paves way for economic reform

Slower growth paves way for economic reform

Fact and forecast have combined to deliver a double blow to the world's economic prospects. First the mainland's statisticians reported that the country's economy slowed to 7.4 per cent last year, the weakest expansion in 24 years.

21 Jan 2015 - 1:04pm 1 comment