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  • Jul 29, 2014
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HSBC

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. 

Massive revamp may squeeze HSBC returns

"The market's expectation on HSBC is too high," Ian Gordon, an analyst at Investec in London, told the South China Morning Post after the bank unveiled first-half pre-tax profit of US$14.1 billion yesterday that missed the market consensus forecast of US$14.6 billion.

Tuesday, 6 August, 2013, 11:23pm 2 comments

HSBC shares set to fall in Hong Kong after profits miss forecasts

Asian investors are poised to sell HSBC stock when Hong Kong markets open this morning, despite an insistence from the global banking giant that its restructuring efforts remain firmly on track with annual cost savings running ahead of target.

6 Aug 2013 - 2:43am 1 comment

HSBC closes bank accounts of 40 diplomatic missions

HSBC has told dozens of foreign missions in London that it will close their bank accounts, an official said yesterday. The news has sent diplomats across the capital scrambling to find a new place to put their money.

5 Aug 2013 - 4:47am 1 comment

HSBC likely to see substantial fall in profit

Eleven analysts, on average, estimated the bank's pre-tax profit would fall 26.7 per cent to US$6.16 billion, a Bloomberg survey found. The banking giant will post its interim results today after the market closes.

5 Aug 2013 - 3:59am

HSBC backs down over ATM cards that leave customers stranded overseas

After a summer of complaints from frustrated and often angry customers unable to withdraw cash overseas with the new UnionPay ATM cards, HSBC has finally relented.

26 Jul 2013 - 3:40pm 15 comments

BlackRock says executive turned down RBS offer

BlackRock said its head of Asia Pacific operations, Mark McCombe, has rejected an offer to take the top job at Royal Bank of Scotland Group and will remain with the world’s largest fund manager.

24 Jul 2013 - 10:26am

When 5 years becomes 10

The South China Morning Post is conducting a mystery shopping series to test the quality of the financial advice offered by banks. This week we visit HSBC.

15 Jul 2013 - 5:05am 2 comments

French HSBC tax case report reveals US$5b in Swiss funds

France needs to beef up its methods of fighting tax evasion, according to a parliamentary report on a probe into HSBC that revealed US$5 billion (HK$38.8 billion) of undeclared assets in thousands of Swiss bank accounts.

11 Jul 2013 - 11:16am

Shanghai's plans won't affect Hong Kong, HSBC says

The chief executive of HSBC's Hong Kong office, Anita Fung Yuen-mei, said yesterday that Hong Kong would not be marginalised by a new free-trade zone being set up in Shanghai.

10 Jul 2013 - 4:38am

HSBC to exit retail banking in South Korea amid profitability concerns

HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, will further scale down its South Korean operations next week by closing its retail business, following the sale of its insurance business in April.

The bank will shut 10 of its 11 branches in the country and axe 230 staff.

6 Jul 2013 - 5:19am