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Reuters  1 hr ago  Comment 
Growth in Chinese factories stalled in November as output shrank for the first time in six months, reinforcing expectations that authorities will roll out more aggressive stimulus measures after unexpectedly cutting interest rates to shore up growth.
BBC News  4 hrs ago  Comment 
HSBC is under fire from the government's Treasury committee for suggesting tougher regulation sparked the resignation of two senior executives.
guardian.co.uk  7 hrs ago  Comment 
Andrew Tyrie attacks bank for response to plans that could see managers jailed for up to seven years over reckless misconduct Andrew Tyrie, chair of the Treasury select committee, has criticised HSBC in the wake of reports claiming that two of the...
The Economic Times  Nov 29  Comment 
There is immense liquidity still in the system and if liquidity continues to flow in the market, we might see further upsides from here.
The Straits Times  Nov 28  Comment 
November 29, 2014 1:11 AM THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has reprimanded a bank here for letting some of its employees provide financial advisory services when they were not allowed to do so.
Financial Times  Nov 28  Comment 
Nick Finegold, Colin Fan, Frédéric Janbon and HSBC featured
The Economic Times  Nov 27  Comment 
“When media comes to know, it will note that there are influential people on the list,” he said in the Lok Sabha.
Reuters  Nov 27  Comment 
Argentina has charged HSBC with aiding more than 4,000 clients to evade taxes by stashing their money in secret Swiss bank accounts, the country's AFIP tax authority said on Thursday.




 
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HSBC Holdings, PLC (Symbol: HBC) is a London-based banking and financial services organization that isn't indebted to the British government. [1] This sets the company apart from several U.K. competitors, like Barclays (BCS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS-LN), and Lloyds Banking Group (LYG), who have resorted to borrowing.[2] For the full year 2010 ended in December, HSBC reported a total interest income of $80B and a net profit of $14.2B.[3] While HSBC is headquartered in the UK, its operations where impacted by the financial crisis which started in the US. Because it is not an American company, it was not able to receive the same bailout opportunities as American banks and instead relied on British bailout money.

Business Overview

For the full year 2010 ended in December, HSBC reported a total interest income of $80B and a net profit of $14.2B.[3] HSBC Holdings operates in four main business segments. The financial crisis has distorted the net income break down of each segment. The Personal Financial Services, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking & Markets have traditionally earned equal portions of Net Income.[4]

Personal Financial Services (18% of 2010 Pretax profits)[4])

Personal Financial Services provides savings accounts, mortgages, personal loans, and credit cards. Within this segment is the HSBC Premier banking service, which offers 24-hour priority telephone access and free international funds transfer between HSBC accounts.[2]

Commercial Banking (31% of 2010 pretax profits[4])

The Commercial Banking segment offers banking products to corporate, mid-market, small, and micro businesses. These products include financing, cash management, international trade, and investment banking. [2]

Global Banking & Markets (50% of 2010 pretax profits [4])

The Global Banking & Markets segment offers financial products to major government, corporate, and institutional clients worldwide. These products include foreign exchange, currency and interest rate derivatives, and private equity managers.[2]

Global Private Banking (4% of 2010 pretax profits[4])

The Private Banking segment offers trustee services to high net worth individuals. These services include cash management, clearing, wealth management, and inheritance planning.[2]

Trends and Forces

Housing Market and Economic Conditions

HSBC owns large sets of mortgages which either it purchased or it originated. This makes it dependent on the housing market. An increased rate of foreclosure will cause the company to writeoff mortgages and attempt to sell them on the market. Selling houses becomes more difficult the more that the housing market declines. By contrast, the growth of the housing market allows HSBC's assets to become more reliable and likely to be paid.[5] [6]

HSBC issues rights to raise capital

HSBC [6] historically issued rights to allow existing shareholders to purchase additional securities at a discounted price.[1][7] This has allowed HSBC to avoid needing government capital, unlike its competitors Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS-LN) and Lloyds Banking Group (LYG), giving investors more confidence in HSBC. While issuing rights to prevent HSBC from raising capital, the company no longer has any rights to offer and so if it needs more capital, it will be forced to borrow from the government.

U.K. Banks are affected by changes in the US

As a U.K. based bank, HSBC is relatively insulated from U.S. crisises. However, U.K. banks have U.S. commercial real estate exposures -- in the form of loans and other debt mortgage-backed securities (MBS).[8] So hardships in the U.S. housing market and banks suffering losses due to subprime lending in turn causes foreign banks to suffer losses. However, because the UK tends to react after the US market has, this means that US banks are sometimes able to rise out of recessions sooner than UK based banks.

Competition


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Investopedia, "Rights Offering"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4
  3. 3.0 3.1 HBC 2011 10-K "Report of the Directors: Operating and Financial Review" pg15-16
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 HBC 10-F 2011 Report of the Directors: Operating and Financial Review "Summary" p37
  5. Forbes, "HSBC Pays for its Mistakes," 03/02/09
  6. 6.0 6.1 Forbes, "AIG,HSBC Leave Europe Scarred," 03/02/09
  7. Bloomberg, "HSBC Finds Buyers for 97% of Record Rights Offering," 04/06/09
  8. Seeking Alpha, "Second Stress Wave for European Banks," 04/23/09
  9. Barclays 2008 Annual Report
  10. RBS Website, "Financial Results"
  11. LYG website, "About Us"
  12. Citigroup website, "About"
  13. Bank of America website, "About"
  14. J.P. Morgan website, "About Us"
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