Financial Regulatory Forum

FACTBOX-One year on, US’s Geithner faces big challenges

January 26, 2010

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in the eye of a political storm as he tries to deflect congressional inquiry into his role in bailing out insurer AIG and battle a perception that his influence is diminishing.

China tightening worries spook investors

January 26, 2010

By Victoria Bi and Karen Yeung

SHANGHAI, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Fears of more Chinese policy tightening spooked global markets on Tuesday after Beijing ordered some banks to comply immediately with a planned increase in reserves and a report suggested earlier attempts at curbing lending had failed.

BREAKINGVIEWS-Chinese short-selling will be no bear’s picnic

January 25, 2010

By Wei Gu

HONG KONG, Jan 25 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Hedge funds watching China’s markets are licking their lips at what they see as the best shorting opportunity since Enron. But while plans to allow short-selling are imminent, this won’t be a bear’s picnic. Beijing’s plans to allow two-way equity bets will give foreigners little chance. Borrowing individual stocks will be tricky, even for locals.

BREAKINGVIEWS-China’s tightening still embryonic

January 20, 2010

— The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own —

China sets index futures trading rules to limit risk

January 15, 2010

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 15 (Reuters) – China’s securities regulator is seeking to set a high bar on allowing ordinary investors to trade the country’s new financial instruments such as stock index futures, it revealed on Friday.

SCENARIOS-What next for China to curb property prices?

January 14, 2010

    By Lee Chyen Yee and Langi Chiang
    HONG KONG/BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) – China is determined to
curb sharp rises in property prices to prevent asset bubbles,
deploying a combination of credit tightening measures, increasing
supply of affordable housing and verbal suasion.  (more…)

BREAKINGVIEWS-China’s tweaks won’t cure financial excess

January 13, 2010

— The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own —

China renews vow to curb hot property market

January 13, 2010

By Langi Chiang and Ken Wills

BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) – China renewed its vow to curb runaway property prices and keep a watch on excessive lending, while investors rushed to cut exposure to risk on Wednesday, a day after the central bank tightened bank reserve requirements.

China to launch stock index futures, short selling

January 8, 2010

By Zhou Xin and Jason Subler

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 8 (Reuters) – China has approved in principle the launch of stock market index futures as well as short selling and margin trading of stocks, the stock regulator said on Friday, giving investors badly needed hedging tools.

ANALYSIS-China auditors set to take on Hong Kong stock market

December 30, 2009

By Alison Leung

HONG KONG, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s pending acceptance of Chinese accounting standards will mark an important advance in Beijing’s drive to globalise its financial sector, but could also challenge international investors with reports prepared by an industry prone to scandal.