The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation was founded in Hong Kong on March 3, 1865, and in Shanghai one month later. In 1980, HSBC acquired 51 per cent of Marine Midland Bank, buying the rest in 1987. HSBC Holdings was established in Britain in 1991 as the parent of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation ahead of its purchase of the UK-based Midland Bank and the impending 1997 transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from Britain to China. 

US and UK forex probes could bring more pain to banks

Citi has agreed to pay a US$1.02 billion fine as part of the deal to settle civil claims of foreign exchange rate rigging. Photo: Bloomberg

The US$4.3 billion in civil settlements struck between six global banks and US and British authorities over foreign exchange market manipulation sets the stage for negotiations over related probes that could bear much more severe consequences.

Friday, 14 November, 2014, 3:05am

HSBC among five banks fined US$3.4 billion for rigging foreign exchange market

About US$5 trillion changes hands in global foreign exchange trades every day, much of it controlled by big banks. Photo: Reuters

US, British and Swiss regulators fined HSBC and four other global banks more than US$3 billion for attempting to manipulate foreign exchange markets.

13 Nov 2014 - 7:53am 3 comments

HSBC pre-tax profit up 2pc in third quarter

HSBC has set aside US$701 million in the third quarter to compensate customers under British consumer redress programmes. Photo: EPA

A foreign exchange probe and US$1.69 billion in provisions clouded HSBC Holdings' results even as it returned to profit gains in the third quarter of the year.

4 Nov 2014 - 9:44am 1 comment

India gives court names of 627 with HSBC Swiss bank accounts in tax probe

India's government has handed over the names of more than 600 Indians with foreign HSBC bank accounts to the Supreme Court after public outrage over rampant tax evasion.

India's government has handed over the names of more than 600 Indians with foreign HSBC bank accounts to the Supreme Court after public outrage over rampant tax evasion.

30 Oct 2014 - 5:41am 1 comment

Long, hard road ahead for HSBC and StanChart

HSBC is to pay more than US$550 million for bad practices in its mortgage-backed securities business before the financial crisis. Photo: AFP

Just weeks after HSBC Holdings and Standard Chartered delivered painful interim results in August, US agencies saddled the banks with hefty fines.

20 Oct 2014 - 5:05am

HSBC distances itself from David Eldon's blog

Frank observation.

David Eldon's blog last week has attracted some attention. This is because Eldon is well-known as a former chairman of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp until his retirement in 2005 and because in his blog he dwells on recent events in Hong Kong. Like Lai See he rejoices about the absence of traffic, illegal parking, and noxious fumes in Central.

15 Oct 2014 - 5:11am 6 comments

HSBC aims to raise €1.5b in convertible bond issue

HSBC will issue a perpetual subordinated convertible bond in a bid to raise €1.5 billion (HK$15 billion). Photo: AP

HSBC Holdings plans to issue a perpetual subordinated convertible bond in a bid to raise €1.5 billion (HK$15 billion) to further strengthen its capital base.

The bond will pay a coupon rate of 5.25 per cent and be converted into ordinary shares if the bank’s tier-one capital ratio drops below 7 per cent, HSBC said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Tuesday morning.

16 Sep 2014 - 9:20am

HSBC pays US$550m to settle US claims over mortgage-backed securities

HSBC agrees to settlement of US$550 million

HSBC has agreed to pay US$550 million to resolve claims the bank misled US government housing corporations Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky mortgage securities it sold them before the US housing market collapsed in 2007.

14 Sep 2014 - 6:35am

HSBC and StanChart pin growth hopes on rate rises

Standard Chartered is expected to post a fall in full-year profits. Photo: AFP

Sit tight, investors. That seems to be the message from Standard Chartered and HSBC Holdings after the two banks posted disappointing, albeit widely anticipated, declines in profits last week.

12 Aug 2014 - 6:06pm

HSBC shares rally even as compliance costs bite

HSBC Holdings yesterday reported a 12 per cent drop in profits before tax for the first half to US$12.34 billion. Photo: Nora Tam

HSBC profits are being squeezed by the twin pressures of rising regulatory compliance costs and low global interest rates that make profit growth increasingly difficult to achieve given the size of the bank’s deposit base.

5 Aug 2014 - 6:46pm

HSBC blames red tape for 12 per cent drop in profits

Analysts had downgraded their projections for HSBC in March after pre-tax profit fell by 20 per cent in the first quarter of the year. Photo: AFP

Banking giant HSBC said yesterday that group profits before tax fell to US$12.3 billion in the first half compared to a year earlier, down 12 per cent and worse than analysts' expectations.

5 Aug 2014 - 8:37am 4 comments

HSBC seems to find it easier to pay fines than fix corporate culture

Most people do not realise how close HSBC came to collapse.

Since the financial crisis, global banks have evolved from "too big to fail" into "too big to jail". Each new fine, like BNP Paribas' US$8.9 billion penalty, sets a new, ignominious record.

14 Jul 2014 - 3:09am 1 comment

HSBC and Citi compete for Asian bond supremacy

HSBC has grabbed a 12.5 per cent share of a boom market for underwriting debt issues in the region this year. Photo: Nora Tam

Competition to underwrite record bond sales in Asia is the most intense in five years as more banks seek business in the world's fastest-growing regional economy.

7 Jul 2014 - 8:08pm 2 comments

HSBC asset sale to LGT will halve countries served by its private bank

HSBC said its private bank served customers from about 150 countries but was being reduced to about 70. Photo: Bloomberg

HSBC is halving the number of countries its private bank serves after selling a portfolio of Swiss banking assets, the latest bank to narrow its wealth management focus in a bid to improve profitability and cut compliance risk.

25 Jun 2014 - 2:37am

Iran lobbies HSBC to clear humanitarian transactions

HSBC has blocked transfers for humanitarian goods, over worries about breaching sanctions. Photo: AP

Iran is lobbying to get HSBC to process humanitarian trade transactions that Europe's biggest bank has frozen because of concerns about breaching international sanctions.

25 Jun 2014 - 3:02am