Financial Institutions

Hung Hom recycling scheme faces closure over high costs

A community-based rubbish recycling scheme warned yesterday that sharp increases in its insurance and rent costs may doom the project - and others like it - unless it can get more funds from the government.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2012, 3:47am

Economic data to be used in review of injury payouts

The High Court yesterday allowed the filing of economic evidence to challenge a long-held assumption on investment profits that claimants of compensation can make on their payouts.

19 Sep 2012 - 4:09am

Travelers Companies Inc sues NFL over brain injury lawsuits

Several subsidiaries of Travelers Companies Inc are suing the National Football League and a host of other insurers, seeking to avoid paying to defend the league against a wave of brain-injury-related claims by thousands of former players and their families.

24 Aug 2012 - 1:21am

Lower interest rates may do little to boost China's growth

Last night the People's Bank of China cut interest rates for the second time in just four weeks.

The surprise reduction is sure to stoke fears that the mainland's second-quarter economic growth rate - due to be announced next week - will be even weaker than the 7.5 per cent or so that analysts were expecting.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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

Right response, wrong reason, but still good news

Market watchers welcomed last Thursday's interest-rate cut by the People's Bank of China as a timely signal that Beijing is prepared to do whatever it takes to support economic growth in the face of a deepening slowdown.

It was the right reaction, but for altogether the wrong reasons.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Slower growth to hit banks

The era of high growth among mainland banks is looking increasingly hard to sustain, and the amount of local government loans becoming due in the next two years could exacerbate the situation.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing likely to free up interest rates this year

The mainland is likely to make a breakthrough in liberalising interest rates this year, with Beijing expected to allow banks to set rates within widened bands.

Academics close to policymakers said the progress in deregulation would allow interest rates to better reflect market supply and demand and thus squeeze the huge net interest margins of banks.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Big four barely making loans

The mainland's four largest lenders posted almost zero loan growth and losses of about 200 billion yuan (HK$245.8 billion) in deposits in the first two weeks of this month, according to an official newspaper.

Analysts said the figures pointed to further evidence of an economic slowdown and deposit stress for smaller lenders.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Wen's late conversion to bank reform looks doomed to fail

It happens to politicians all over the world. As their term in office nears its end, they begin to fret about their legacy.

'What will people remember me for?' they ask themselves. 'What will the history books say about me?'

5 Apr 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

Reformers aiming to achieve bank liberalisation by stealth

China bulls and China bears display a truly astonishing ability to look at exactly the same information and reach diametrically opposite conclusions.

The country's shadow financing market is a case in point.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

When banks see profit in serving the real economy, society benefits, too

This week saw my first visit to Bangkok since the floods late last year. The city seems to have recovered and the economy is on the mend. After a 0.1per cent growth in gross domestic product in 2011, Thailand is forecast by the Institute of International Finance to stage a 7per cent recovery this year, helped by a multi-year fiscal stimulus.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Challenges ahead on deposits and debt rebounds

Mainland and Hong Kong banks face two similar challenges this year - potential bad debt rebound and difficulty in attracting deposits, analysts said.

Mainland banks will show growing divergence in earning ability as low deposits act as a constraint to loan growth.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK banks may suffer for risky business

With a stalling economy, Hong Kong banks are likely to see more of their customers struggle to make loan payments on time this year, after an aggressive expansion in the amount of money lent out in 2011, analysts said yesterday.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am