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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. 

HSBC profits take 6pc dip, but chief executive pockets HK$22m bonus

HSBC profits take 6pc dip, but chief executive pockets HK$22m bonus.

Chief executive Stuart Gulliver will take home a 33 per cent larger pay packet. And shareholders of the global banking group will get 11 per cent higher dividends for the three upcoming quarters.

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013, 5:54am

Emerging markets power HSBC's income

HSBC's fourth-quarter profit before tax of US$4.4 billion was more than 25 per cent higher than the previous quarter. Photo: Reuters

Emerging markets contributed 85 per cent of the income of global banking group HSBC, chief executive Stuart Gulliver said yesterday.

Gulliver said half of the group's loan growth came from Hong Kong, mainland China, and the rest of Asia, driven by trade demand. Hong Kong and Latin America had the best performances in retail banking and wealth management.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:21am

HSBC pays big bonuses while admitting to money laundering

Cosco: failing to make headway

So HSBC paid 204 of its staff more than £1 million (HK$11.7 million) each in bonuses for the financial year just gone, we learned from its results yesterday.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:07am 1 comment

HSBC's new shape emerges after 2012's year of horrors

HSBC's new shape emerges after 2012's year of horrors

If you were to judge only by the headlines, then 2012 was truly an annus horribilis for HSBC.

In the United States, the bank had to pay a hefty US$1.9 billion to the authorities to settle federal anti-money-laundering investigations into transactions with its Mexican subsidiary.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:42am

Higher profits, lower bonuses at HSBC, analysts estimate

Higher profits, lower bonuses at HSBC, analysts estimate

Analysts' estimates of HSBC's pre-tax profit for last year shows an average forecast of US$23.3 billion, up 6.3 per cent from a year earlier and the highest since 2008. That will translate into earnings per share of 88.4 US cents.

4 Mar 2013 - 4:30am

Briefs, March 3, 2013

Moscow protesters urge end of foreign adoptions. Photo: Reuters

Britain's Queen Elizabeth is recovering after coming down with a stomach bug that forced the cancellation of a royal engagement. The 86-year-old monarch yesterday cancelled a visit to Swansea, Wales. 

3 Mar 2013 - 6:30am

HSBC suffers the Taibbi treatment in Rolling Stone

Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi, the man who famously described Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity", has turned his attention to HSBC in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine.

2 Mar 2013 - 7:12am 2 comments

Sports Digest, February 27, 2013

Joe Hart

The political turf war between the Asian Tour and rival OneAsia has created a messy environment that has ruled out the involvement of global golf sponsor HSBC, the bank's head of sponsorship Giles Morgan said. 

27 Feb 2013 - 4:57am

Business Digest, February 20, 2013

BMW recalls 750,000 cars around the world

HSBC has agreed to sell HSBC Bank (Panama) to Bancolombia - the largest commercial bank in Colombia - for US$2.1 billion in cash. 

20 Feb 2013 - 5:30am

Macau casinos' shares fall on lower Lunar New Year revenue

Galaxy Macau Hotel in Macau. Photo: Sam Tsang

Macau casino shares dropped steeply on Tuesday in response to a report from HSBC Global Research that gaming revenues failed to reach its projections for the first 17 days of this month. Shares in SJM led the retreat, falling 5.3 per cent to close at HK$19.32, followed by Galaxy Entertainment, which ended the day down 4.9 per cent at HK$33.15.

20 Feb 2013 - 5:21am

Still too much murkiness around the details of the Ping An deal

Ping An Insurance. Photo: Reuters

So, the Thailand tycoon Dhanin Chearavanont has finally paid up for the Ping An Insurance stake and the mainland regulator has approved the sale.

Every party, in particular HSBC, may very well want this to be the end of the fiasco. Yet it is not.

The uncertainty over the deal has been removed but the murkiness remains.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:51am

Self-criticism session for top HSBC bankers

Titanic ambition by Clive Palmer. Photo: Bloomberg

HSBC's head honchos, chairman Douglas Flint and chief executive Stuart Gulliver, submitted themselves to humiliating self-criticism recently in Britain's parliament.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:51am

Ping An, HSBC shares set to take off

Dhanin Chearavanont

Shares of HSBC and Ping An Insurance are expected to rise today on the back of bullish equity market sentiment, and news that mainland regulators have approved HSBC's US$7.4 billion sale of its Ping An stake to Thailand's Charoen Pokphand.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:00am

Wily Thai tycoon wins battle over Ping An stake

China approves HSBC sale of remaining US$7.4b Ping An stake. Photo: Reuters

The mainland regulator has approved the sale of HSBC's remaining US$7.4 billion stake in Ping An Insurance, which had appeared to be on the brink of collapse after weeks of raging speculation.

2 Feb 2013 - 11:37am

D-day for HSBC's sale of stake in Ping An

There are questions as to the ability of Charoen Pokphand to pay for HSBC's holding in Ping An Insurance. Photo: Reuters

Views on whether the second part of the transaction, worth about US$7.4 billion, can be completed are divided after several dramatic turns of events, including the transfer out of Hong Kong the head of China Development Bank's branch in the city, which was initially prepared to provide loans to support a Thai conglomerate's bid for the stake.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:23am