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HSBC eyes net zero emissions by 2050, earmarks US$1 trillion green financing

LONDON (REUTERS) - HSBC will target net zero carbon emissions across its entire customer base by 2050 at the latest, and provide between US$750 billion (S$1 trillion) and US$1 trillion in financing to help clients make the transition, its chief executive officer (CEO) Noel Quinn told Reuters. In the strongest statement by Europe's biggest bank on climate change to date, its CEO outlined HSBC's ambitions to align its activities with the Paris Agreement. "Covid has been a wake-up call to us all, including me personally, we have seen how fragile the global econ...
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DBS to help STB launch tourism promotions, digitalise businesses in the industry

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) - The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and DBS are partnering to stimulate domestic tourism demand in the immediate term as well as drive cross-border demand and tourism industry development in the middle to long term. They have inked a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the first such collaboration between STB and a local bank. The tie-up will leverage DBS's services - such as its travel marketplace portal, digital payments collection solutions, predictive analytics and the bank's everyday app DBS PayLah! - to "help ...
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Danske Bank to cut 1,600 jobs to reduce costs

COPENHAGEN (BLOOMBERG) - Danske Bank will cut 1,600 jobs as part of its ongoing effort to save money amid spiraling compliance costs and long-term negative interest rates. "It is never easy to reduce the number of colleagues, and we will do our best to ensure that we do this in the most decent and respectful way," chief executive officer Chris Vogelzang said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 8). "However, we need to adapt to the structural changes that the financial sector is experiencing." Danske is still being investigated for a vast money laundering scandal...
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Credit Suisse's APAC business reports highest level of credit provisions

Credit Suisse Group AG’s APAC business recorded the highest level of credit provisions for potential loan losses across each of the bank’s major divisions, reports Reuters, based on the lender’s Q2 results. The Swiss-based lender made $88.66m in provisions for credit losses in APAC for Q2, down 16% from around $105.96m in Q1. The lender named four individual potential bad-loan cases in the region, up from three in the Q1. APAC accounted for most of Credit Suisse’s loan loss provisions in Q2, ahead of the $84.12m for global markets and around $73.21m in in...
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Chinese banks should shift from SWIFT as sanctions loom: report

Chinese banks are urged to increase its use of the country’s own financial messaging network for cross-border transactions in the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau, reports Reuters. Greater use of the Cross-Border Interbank Payment System (CIPS) instead of the SWIFT system would cut exposure of China’s global payments data to the United States, the Bank of China International (BOCI) said in a report co-authored by a former foreign exchange regulator. Launched in 2015 to help internationalise the yuan, CIPS said it processed $19.4b (CNY135.7b) a day in 2019, with...
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HSBC's H1 profit plunges 69% to $3.1b

Higher than expected credit losses and other impairment charges (ECL) dragged down HSBC’s H1 2020 profits by 69% to $3.1b, including a $1.2b impairment of software intangibles mainly in Europe, according to an announcement. Revenue slipped 9% to $26.7b on the back of interest rate cuts and market impacts in life insurance manufacturing and adverse valuation adjustments in global banking and markets, the bank said. Net interest margin went down 18bp to 1.43% for H1 whilst also declining to 1.33% for Q2 2020. Reported ECL hiked to $6.9bn as a result of the pan...
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UK fintech firm Revolut hires new Singapore executives as it ramps up regional growth

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) - UK-based payments fintech firm Revolut has appointed Mr James Shanahan - previously the chief operating officer (COO) of insurtech company Singapore Life - as its Singapore chief executive officer to lead the growth of its Asia business. The firm has also hired former Credit Suisse managing director Rayson Tan as its new chief compliance officer, chief risk officer and head of legal in Singapore. Ms Pam Chuang, previously the vice-president of sales and partnerships at fintech firm GoBear, has also joined Revolut as its new hea...
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BlackRock's biggest investor PNC sells its stake after 25 years

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG, REUTERS) - PNC Financial Services Group will sell its stake in BlackRock Inc, more than two decades after it bet on the business that became the world's largest asset manager. PNC will exit its investment, worth about US$17.3 billion (S$24.5 billion), with a public secondary offering, it said on Monday (May 11). As part of the transaction, BlackRock will buy back US$1.1 billion of the shares directly from the firm. PNC holds 22 per cent of BlackRock's outstanding shares, making it the largest holder. The separation comes 25 years after P...
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UBS Asia Pacific chief looks to digital and green economy

The brave new world after the coronavirus crisis will see a highly digitalised economy that is also greener and more sustainable, said UBS regional chief Edmund Koh. Mr Koh, who is president of UBS Asia Pacific, added that some industries such as aviation, travel and entertainment will find it challenging while others such as e-commerce and logistics might thrive. He told The Straits Times in an exclusive interview: "We have always maintained that some industries would do well, such as e-commerce, high technology like 5G and automation, logistics like delive...
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DBS Bank joins blockchain trade-finance network Contour

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) - DBS Bank has joined Contour's network, which is built on blockchain technology company R3's Corda and digitalises global trade processes such as the creation, exchange, approval and issuance of letters of credit (LCs). It is the first Singapore bank to do so, ahead of the blockchain-based platform's full launch later this year, DBS announced on Monday (May 11). Other banks in the network include BNP Paribas, Bangkok Bank, ING, HSBC, Standard Chartered and Citi Ventures, according to the website for Singapore-based Contour. ...
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Banks to allow temporary halt in payments for some loans

Measures aimed at easing cash flow concerns to include education, vehicle and renovation loans Individuals can choose to temporarily halt payments for education, renovation and motor vehicle loans, in a move by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the finance sector to ease cash flow concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. Those with commercial or industrial property loans, as well as mortgage equity withdrawal loans, can also apply to their banks to defer payments until the end of this year, subject to certain requirements. Service fees that are...
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Banks to allow temporary halt in payments for education, renovation, motor vehicle loans amid

SINGAPORE - Individuals can choose to temporarily halt payments for education, renovation and motor vehicle loans, in a move by the financial sector to ease cash flow concerns arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Those with commercial or industrial property loans, as well as mortgage equity withdrawal loans, can also apply to their banks to defer payments until the end of this year, subject to certain requirements. Service fees that are typically charged for failing to maintain the minimum average daily or monthly balances in one's retail bank account can ...
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SocGen posts surprise loss as equities traders are wiped out in rout

PARIS (BLOOMBERG) - Societe Generale posted a surprise first-quarter loss after its stock traders were wiped out in the market volatility caused by the coronavirus and the bank set aside 820 million euros (S$1.26 billion) to cover bad loans. Revenue from equities trading and the business of servicing hedge funds slumped 99 per cent to 9 million euros in the first quarter, the French lender said on Thursday (April 30), contributing to a 40 per cent decline at the bank's trading business. SocGen posted a 326 million-euro loss. The results add to a series of se...
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