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Business Digest, December 5, 2012

SJM leads casinos' slide on junket curb worries

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority sold HK$3.875 billion on the foreign exchange market yesterday to weaken the Hong Kong dollar as the currency repeatedly hit the strong end of its trading range. Under the peg to the US dollar, the HKMA must intervene when the Hong Kong dollar hits 7.75 or 7.85, to maintain the trading band. 

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012, 4:59am

Bank debt woes prompt insurance scheme plans

Beijing is looking into setting up a deposit insurance system to promote financial stability amid mounting worries about mainland banks' deteriorating asset quality.

Song Xiangyan, a deputy director with the international department at the People's Bank of China, said yesterday that the central bank would establish the system when the time was right.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Smaller banks join rush to higher deposit rates

Second-tier banks followed major lenders in offering higher deposit rates than the benchmark, boosting competition in the finance sector after a recent move towards interest rate deregulation.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Smaller mainland banks struggle for deposits

Pulling in deposits continued to be a struggle for mainland banks in the first two months of the year, according to bankers and analysts.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fears of knock-on effect

Hong Kong banks have withstood the credit crisis well compared with their European and American counterparts.

But a survey conducted by an accounting firm shows there are some concerns that the local banking sector faces a knock-on effect from the European debt crisis.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

New loans expected to drop further

New loans extended by banks on the mainland are expected to fall to between 6.5 trillion yuan (HK$7.76 trillion) and 7 trillion yuan next year, a further slowdown from this year, according to brokerage CLSA.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

UCB deposits 'safe' after takeover

Customers of US lender United Commercial Bank have been assured it will be business as usual at its Hong Kong branch following the bank's takeover by East West Bancorp yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the branch, in The Landmark in Queen's Road, Central, said all deposits would continue to be covered by the Deposit Protection Scheme, which guarantees deposits in the city.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Calls widen for rise in deposit insurance cap

Bank depositors are likely to join a clamour for an increase in the HK$100,000 ceiling in Hong Kong's deposit insurance scheme following last month's run on the Bank of East Asia, said analysts.

6 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Defaults hurt banks, building societies

Surging mortgage defaults whacked US banks and building societies in the second quarter. Profits fell 3.4 per cent to US$36.7 billion and reserves to cover loan losses soared 75 per cent from a year ago, data released yesterday showed.

23 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Bankruptcy system on agenda for banks

China's banking regulator plans to introduce a bankruptcy system for financial institutions at the same time it prepares the new national commercial bankruptcy law which could be considered by China's rubber stamp parliament as early as March.

15 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Deposit plan may launch in autumn

Banks play down likelihood of passing on costs of safety net for customers

The government is to implement its deposit protection scheme, which guarantees depositors will be able to retrieve up to $100,000 of their savings in the case of bank failure, as early as September 25.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Safety net unlikely for structured products

Structured deposit products, which have become popular in recent years, are unlikely to be covered under the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS) which is due to introduced in the second half of next year, according to market watchers.

26 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Time deposits gain favour on higher rates

Hong Kong dollar time deposits surged almost 50 per cent year on year in July to $998.1 billion, as the more than 1 per cent interest rate differential prompted customers to switch from demand and savings deposits, according to Hong Kong Monetary Authority statistics.

1 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

PBOC considers deposit insurance

The US model will be hard to follow in China due to the size of state holdings

The People's Bank of China (PBOC) is considering the establishment of a deposit insurance scheme similar to that run by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) in the United States, according to reports.

11 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

New products

STANDARD CHARTERED BANK and Wing Lung Bank both issued new deposit products last week in response to a growing demand for higher yield.

4 May 2003 - 12:00am