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Financial Ratios

Balance of payments

The PE ratio comes up short for many analysts as they seek to determine returns, writes Jake van der Kamp.

Monday, 30 April, 2012, 12:00am

How to play the yield

Flick open the business pages of any newspaper and there is every chance you will find pundits advocating a defensive investing strategy for these turbulent times.

A defensive strategy is a fancy name for what used to be called cautious investing. It is low-risk investing with the goal of steady yields and less volatility.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

More cheese for your chalk

United States President Barack Obama recently said the highest return available on any investment was the one made by parents in their children's educations. Everyone sort of knows this, but can this assertion be quantified?

2 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

Yield of dreams

It is axiomatic that a company's current share price simply reflects the present value of all dividends paid out over the lifetime of a firm. In other words, it's all about the dividends. Investors some day need to be repaid for their capital, through dividends or a share buyback.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Agbank profit disappoints

Agricultural Bank of China, the third largest lender by assets on the mainland, missed analysts' earnings estimates for 2011 after making large provisions for downturn risks.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Mid-sized lenders ask regulators to ease deposit ratio

Mid-sized mainland banks have urged the industry's regulator to ease loan-to-deposit ratios as they struggle to attract deposits and expand lending amid the broader economic slowdown.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Want Want reports tasty 17pc increase in profits

Want Want China Holdings, one of the mainland's largest snack and beverage makers, rose up to 5 per cent yesterday after reporting a better-than-expected 17 per cent jump in net profit last year.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

BEA profit climbs 3.2pc but misses expectations

Shares of Bank of East Asia yesterday posted their biggest fall in two weeks after the city's third-largest lender reported thinning core capital and earnings that failed to meet analysts' expectations.

BEA said attributable profit rose 3.2 per cent last year to HK$4.36 billion, against average analyst target of HK$4.63 billion.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Dividend cuts lift pressure on mainland banks

Leading mainland banks were unlikely to resort to issuing new shares or debts to raise money this year, international rating agency Moody's predicted yesterday.

Christine Kuo, senior credit officer for financial institutions at Moody's, said the recent cut in dividend payments would save them from raising capital on a 'massive' scale.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am