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  1. April 9, 2014

    Suitors lining up for strategic Huarong stake

    CICC, Goldman Sachs and Och-Ziff are among the companies preparing final bids for part of a strategic stake in the next of...

  2. April 3, 2014

    Alibaba founder buys China software group stake for $531m

    Alibaba is poised to expand its footprint in the Chinese financial sector after Jack Ma, founder of the ecommerce group,...

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  1. March 24, 2014

    Chinese banks: bear hug

    Investors in China’s state-backed banks have a lot to worry about: the dangers of default in a slowing economy, the threat...

  2. March 19, 2014

    S Korea regulators launch probe into China banks’ operations

    South Korean financial authorities have launched an inspection of three Chinese banks' operations in the country, amid...

  3. February 19, 2014

    China jockeys for seat at gold ‘fix’ table

    South Africa’s Standard Bank, which is selling its UK-based markets division to Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, has...

  4. February 4, 2014

    China: Move to save ICBC trust echoes Guangdong affair of 1998

    A mixture of relief and concern greeted the decision in late January to keep an investment product distributed by China’s...

  5. January 29, 2014

    Standard Bank to sell control of London arm for $765m

    Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is set to become the first large state-owned Chinese lender to set up significant...

  6. January 28, 2014

    China trust deal raises thorny questions

    A wealthy pensioner in a southern Chinese city deciding to lend money to a troubled coal miner in the country’s north about...

  7. January 24, 2014

    S&P 500 dragged down by EM fallout

    Friday 21:15 GMT. Global equities and emerging market currencies ended the week with heavy losses as a simmering...

  8. January 23, 2014

    China races to prevent trust loan default

    Chinese authorities are racing to prevent the default of a soured $500m high-yield investment trust, in a closely watched...

  9. January 20, 2014

    China’s banks: undervalued

    Would you? The reasons not to buy China’s banks are many, from questionable loan quality and untested links with shadow...

  10. January 20, 2014

    China’s banks face sub-10% profit growth

    Profits at China’s listed banks are poised to grow by less than 10 per cent in 2014, for the first time since at least 2005,...

  11. January 16, 2014

    Chinese shadow banks face major test

    China’s vast shadow banking sector is facing its biggest test after ICBC, the world’s biggest bank by assets whose branches...

  12. January 10, 2014

    Record dim sum bond issue for London

    Bank of China has sold a record Rmb2.5bn bond to investors, the biggest offshore renminbi bond to date in London. The...

  13. December 6, 2013

    China widens bad banks’ asset options

    China has given its new provincial “bad banks” a wider channel for selling assets, in an effort to strengthen their ability...

  14. November 26, 2013

    China, the world’s fastest-growing insurance market, opens doors to foreign groups

    If there are any doubts about the potential riches of the Chinese market for foreign insurers, the case of Zurich Insurance...

  15. November 26, 2013

    Poor policy lies behind China’s rising cost of capital

    China Development Bank is the core policy bank in China. It has more than Rmb6tn ($984bn) in assets, is wholly owned by the...

  16. November 20, 2013

    ICBC chairman sees inevitable rise in China bad loans

    The head of China’s biggest bank has warned that bad loans will inevitably rise and weaker lenders will be wiped out as the...

  17. November 12, 2013

    London wins first offshore renminbi issue

    London has bolstered its position as Europe’s central offshore trading hub for China’s renminbi currency as China’s biggest...

  18. November 11, 2013

    Regulators add ICBC to financial stability risk league table

    International regulators have added Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to a list of banks that face higher capital...

  19. November 8, 2013

    Standard Bank closer to selling stake in London commodity arm

    Standard Bank on Friday advised shareholders it was in discussions to sell a majority stake in its London-based commodity...

  20. November 5, 2013

    China bank shares find favour again

    Few sectors split opinion among investors in Asia like Chinese banks. As core plays on the state of China’s economy, their...

  21. November 3, 2013

    Blackstone buys into China mall group SCP

    Blackstone’s property arm has completed its latest Asian transaction, buying a 40 per cent stake in SCP, a Shenzhen-based...

  22. November 3, 2013

    China Construction Bank looks to Europe for acquisitions

    Fresh from its biggest overseas deal ever, China Construction Bank is looking to Europe for acquisition opportunities but...

  23. October 30, 2013

    China banks’ bad loans point to trouble ahead

    China’s state-owned banks reported healthy profit growth in the third quarter, but big increases in loan impairments and...

  24. October 14, 2013

    UK opens doors to Chinese banks with special terms for lenders

    George Osborne will on Tuesday roll out the red carpet for Chinese banks looking to expand in London, offering to break down...

  25. October 3, 2013

    China to invest in £650m Manchester project

    China’s biggest bank will invest in a new £650m business district at Manchester airport in a deal the government believes...

  26. September 24, 2013

    ICBC makes the bull case for China’s banks

    Over the past month, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China claimed – or, more correctly, reclaimed – the honour of being...

  27. September 17, 2013

    Takeover talk triggers rally on Hong Kong banks

    Shares in Hong Kong’s last independent banks leapt sharply on a wave of takeover speculation after Wing Hang became the...

  28. September 3, 2013

    Bank of America prepares for $1.5bn exit from CCB

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch has launched the $1.5bn sale of its final 1 per cent stake in China Construction Bank, ending...

  29. September 1, 2013

    China’s banks: love ’em or hate ’em

    China’s big banks have become the Marmite of the investing world – investors either love them or hate them. The banks’...

  30. August 21, 2013

    Singapore bank expands Indonesian links to Jakarta

    United Overseas Bank, one of Singapore’s three largest banks by assets, on Wednesday unveiled a new “advisory unit” in...

  31. August 18, 2013

    China’s bad banks: right about Huarong

    In China state-directed lending and bad loans go together like, well, the country’s big four banks and their bad bank...

  32. August 15, 2013

    China moves towards market remedy for bad loans

    Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley have held talks with one of China’s biggest bad banks about investing in its...

  33. August 15, 2013

    Flood of problem loans to stretch China’s bad banks

    When Goldman Sachs economists wanted to bring their global clients up to speed on the risks in China’s credit boom, they...

  34. August 15, 2013

    Standard Bank: credit concerns

    At what point should Standard Bank shareholders start to get alarmed? Impairment charges at the bank – South Africa’s...

  35. August 7, 2013

    GSK’s Witty creditably aspires to become a bionic boss

    The catchphrase of The Six Million Dollar Man, a bygone TV drama, was: “We can rebuild him . . . we have the technology!”...

  36. August 7, 2013

    ICBC closes in on Standard Bank deal

    Executives from Standard Bank are in Beijing for intensive meetings with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to...

  37. July 28, 2013

    Chinese companies poised to boost offshore borrowing levels

    Chinese companies are expected to accelerate offshore borrowing as tightening credit conditions at home and lower costs for...

  38. July 2, 2013

    Pity the banks after Beijing’s blunt move

    It is unfashionable these days to take the side of banks, especially institutions that are mollycoddled by the state....

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