Key developments in regulation of financial markets with a focus on those in Hong Kong and mainland China.
With Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) the main beneficiary of market reforms, questions have been raised again about whether it should keep its role as the exchange regulator.Friday, 17 April, 2015, 3:58pm
A tax reform hatched in the Shanghai free-trade zone aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs is being applied across the mainland.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
Beijing has cut power prices for manufacturers and commercial firms and slashed the resources tax for iron ore miners in the latest measures to support the slowing economy, but the move saw iron ore prices fall further as worries over a supply glut deepened.17 Apr 2015 - 4:04pm
US regulators are conducting more transnational corporate corruption investigations in Asia, including Hong Kong and China, than in other regions, a study by an international law firm has found.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
The mainland's investment schemes that allow foreign investors to trade its stocks and bonds are expected to see big changes in the coming months, with some key obstacles to be removed to help Beijing attract more capital.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
The mainland's securities regulator has punished six brokerages, including Great Wall Securities and Huatai Securities, for violating rules in their margin trading businesses.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
Asian banks are bracing for the impact of new capital adequacy rules, even if the region's regulators choose not to follow global proposals on total loss-absorbing capacity, or TLAC.
Lenders in Asia have been largely exempt from the debate raging in Europe and the United States over TLAC capital buffers, which aim to prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts of banks deemed too big to fail.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
Hong Kong's securities watchdog fined Merrill Lynch Far East HK$2 million for violations by the bank of rules on position limits in its futures trading in 2013, the third time in five years Merrill has been fined by the agency for breaches of its rules.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
Smaller banks in China are sweating on the intensified squeeze on margins that is set to come with the kick-start of a deposit insurance scheme on May 1.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
China mutual funds join ride on through train17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
The Securities and Futures Commission vows tough action on short sellers using misleading reports to drive stocks down and profit.
The SFC declined to say if it would take action on individual cases, but executive director of enforcement Mark Steward has publicly spoken out about the crackdown on misleading research reports targeting locally listed companies.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
Investment banks are likely to shrink by a further 10 to 15 per cent in the next two years as they cut back their trading desks due to the impact of tougher regulations.
That will reduce market liquidity and could raise trading costs for asset managers, forcing them to invest more in trading capabilities, according to a study by Morgan Stanley and consultancy Oliver Wyman.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
China eyes tighter rules on P2P lending business17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
The hope is that the global financial crisis spooked China out of cooking up its own opaque congee of derivatives, bond insurance and colossal banks.
The fear, though, is that mainland regulators walked away with too few lessons from the crisis and that the world's second-largest economy may deregulate itself into a similar fiasco.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm
The British units of foreign banks could be required by regulators to submit to annual health exams for the first time, banking and industry sources said, potentially bringing Britain's policies into line with those of the US Federal Reserve.17 Apr 2015 - 3:58pm