People walk past a branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in Beijing. Reuters. / File Photo
Southeast Asia’s biggest lender DBS Group Holdings Ltd beat market estimates to post a record quarterly profit, as strong lending income offset weakness in wealth management, brokerage and investment banking fees. DBS, the first Singapore bank to kick off the sector’s results, posted an 8.5 per cent rise in first-quarter net profit from a year earlier,
China’s central bank (CB) said on Monday it will cut reserve requirement ratios (RRRs) to release about 280 billion yuan ($41 billion) for some small and medium-sized banks, in a targeted move to help companies struggling amid an economic slowdown.
Policymakers from the Group of 20 industrialised countries are worried that the weakness evident in key economies could spread, especially if elevated trade tensions, such as those between the United States and China, escalate further.
China’s banks extended new yuan loans in August as policymakers ratcheted up support for the slowing economy, and further policy easing is expected in coming weeks as the Sino-US trade dispute takes a bigger toll on the economy.
Opec and allied nations agreed on Saturday to extend a production cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil a day through the end of July, hoping to boost energy prices hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
G20 members and invited countries have pledged more than $21 billion to fight COVID-19 and, with a spirit of solidarity, have shown they will spare no effort to protect lives and the most vulnerable.
Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar has told the UAE’s leading contractors that they must prepare for a new way of working as the economic activity gradually starts to pick up.