A blow for mainland banks

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Mainland banks are expected to unveil much slower profit growth when they begin reporting their first-half results in Hong Kong this week, but with earnings still growing at a double-digit pace, investors are likely to be forgiving.

Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 3:54am

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

Profits highest for four years

Mainland banks last year posted their highest profits in at least four years, despite a slight rise in bad loans for some in the fourth quarter amid a slowing economy.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New Home Ownership Scheme 'too complicated'

The next government should review and simplify the New Home Ownership Scheme, making it less complicated for homeowners to plan resales of their homes, a Housing Authority committee was told yesterday.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Future HOS buyers may be charged interest

Future buyers under the resurrected Home Ownership Scheme may be charged interest on the subsidies they receive from the government.

This was the majority view that emerged in the Housing Authority, which met yesterday to discuss the housing scheme announced by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in his policy address two weeks ago.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Listed companies cash in from the cash-starved

Some 58 listed mainland companies lent more than 16 billion yuan (HK$19.55 billion) in the first eight months of this year in so-called entrusted loans to cash-starved, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises and real estate developers, to take advantage of high unofficial interest rates.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Question of credibility

At a time when global markets are facing new uncertainties every few days, it is important we look at the facts carefully. One of the biggest news is Standard & Poor's downgrade of the United States credit rating, but experts feel there is a lot of over-reaction.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A thicket of credit-card fees

It is easy to get a credit card in Hong Kong. Banks make a lot of money from this business and, to attract new customers, they offer promotions such as cash coupons and free subscriptions on pay-television channels.

People who sign up thus enter a world of potentially steep fees and interest expenses.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Depositors the winners from rise in rates

Beijing's latest interest rate increase this week will help depositors more than lenders, say analysts.

The People's Bank of China raised benchmark interest rates for the fifth time since October on Wednesday. The benchmark 12-month lending and deposit rates were increased by 25 basis points, taking them to 6.56 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Inflation-linked bonds will do little to help beat rising cost of living

Newly-introduced government inflation-linked bonds will give Hong Kong savers a safe option to invest their money but are unlikely to do much to help the public cope with rising living costs and soaring rents.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Legco digs deeper into Godfrey allegations

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bank to raise interest rates today

Bank of China Hong Kong will raise interest rates based on the Hibor today. The mortgage rate would rise to Hibor plus 1.3-1.7 per cent from Hibor plus 1-1.5 per cent. The benchmark one-month Hong Kong interbank offered rate stood at 0.19 per cent yesterday. Other banks said they would monitor the markets, but had no plans to raise Hibor-based mortgage rates.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Bank stocks fall ahead of increase in reserve ratio

Mainland bank stocks fell on the Hong Kong market yesterday as investors reacted to Beijing's announcement that it would raise bank reserve requirements, which could slow lending, in an effort to tame inflation.

19 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Corporate loans help China Minsheng to a 45pc rise in net profit

China Minsheng Banking Corp booked a 45.25 per cent jump in net profit to 1.76 billion yuan (HK$2.09 billion) for last year from 2009, helped by robust growth in corporate loans.

The bank's operating income went up 30.04 per cent to 54.7 billion yuan while assets increased 27.86 per cent to 1.8 trillion yuan.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Stamp duty riles agents

Real estate agents yesterday demanded the government reverse its 15 per cent stamp duty on the sale of homes.

The Joint Council of Estate Agents Associations said it planned to hold a mass rally next month against the measures, which aim to curb speculation in the property market.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am