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Monday's headlines, Financials edition

A wrap-up of major financial headlines from across the Asia-Pacific region.

GREATER CHINA

China Sovereign Fund’s Head of Hedge Funds Has Quit - Bloomberg News
China Denies Reports Shanghai-London Stock Connect Is Halted - Bloomberg News
China to Support Troubled Financial Firms, Curb Property Risks - Bloomberg News
PBOC Pledges Financial Support for Small Firms in 2020 - Bloomberg News
China's central bank says will keep monetary policy prudent, flexible and appropriate - Reuters
China banking regulator eases market access for foreign lenders - Reuters
China's RRR still relatively high by global standards, can be adjusted further: PBOC official - Reuters
HSBC to stop weekend, overnight services at some Hong Kong ATMs after branches vandalized - Reuters
Insurers boosted by sale of tax-deductible products to Hongkongers amid decline in mainland Chinese life insurance purchases - South China Morning Post
Key HKEX executive behind failed bid to buy LSE steps down, seconded to UK unit London Metal Exchange - South China Morning Post
Hong Kong’s MPF pension scheme reports third-best year of the decade, returning 12.6 per cent in 2019, with stock funds the biggest winners - South China Morning Post
China issues guideline on high-quality development of banking, insurance sectors - Xinhua News Agency
Li Ka-shing leads funding round for Hong Kong fintech startup - The Nikkei

JAPAN AND KOREA

KB eyes aggressive M&As in Southeast Asia - The Korea Times
Financial firms incorporate ESG into business strategies - The Korea Times
Woori, KB to clash over Prudential takeover - The Korea Times
FSS chief pressing banks to bolster customer protection - The Korea Times
New IBK chief faces union protest over 'parachute appointment' - The Korea Times
Kakao Bank to push for IPO in second half of this year - Yonhap News Agency

ASEAN

Two More Groups Submit Singapore Digital Banking License Bids - Bloomberg News
Insurers expects no significant rise in claims following massive flooding - The Jakarta Post
CIMB allocates RM3b for sustainability-linked loans - The Sun
Preparing financial institutions on climate change impact - BNM - The Sun
3 UOB-owned fund managers pledge to invest responsibly - The Business Times
SBF, MSIG to join digital banking fray with Ron Sim's V3 consortium - The Business Times
DBS adopts MSCI ESG ratings for its wealth management business - The Business Times
Union Bank wins approval for tier-2 note issue of up to P20-B - BusinessWorld
Bankers in P 70-M thrift, rural bank merger scam charged with fraud - Philippine Daily Inquirer
DOJ files criminal raps vs former execs of 2 shuttered banks - Philippine Daily Inquirer
BSP plans debt paper issue in Q2 - The Philippine Star
KBank seeks modest home loan growth - The Nation
Krungsri lowers debt service ratio for middle class segment - The Nation

SOUTH ASIA

HDFC to raise up to ₹5,000 crore on January 7 - Indo-Asian News Service
Indian Overseas Bank gets ₹4,360 crore capital infusion - Indo-Asian News Service
NSE taps Sebi for IPO even as banks plan to offload shares - Mint
DHFL gets creditors’ nod to resume lending operations - Mint
Claims worth ₹4,800 cr admitted from fixed deposit holders of debt-laden DHFL - Press Trust of India
HDFC reduces retail lending rates on home loans - Indo-Asian News Service
Six bank employee unions to go on nationwide strike on 8 January - Mint
HC relief to Karvy was merely on one ground, says ICICI Bank - Mint
Insurers will soon offer a standard health insurance product - Mint
UCO Bank recovers Rs 900 crore from debt resolution under NCLT - The Economic Times
UCO Bank plans to disburse Rs 4000 crore in next 45 days - The Economic Times
PSU banks may adopt new corp lending practice - The Economic Times
UCO Bank optimistic of coming out of RBI's PCA framework in FY20 - Press Trust of India
Karur Vysya Bank MD and CEO P R Seshadri resigns citing personal reasons - Business Standard
RBI says rehabilitation benefits to be extended to J-K bank borrowers - Press Trust of India
Banking sector faces Tk17,659cr capital shortfall - Dhaka Tribune
Dhaka Stock Exchange CRO resigns - Dhaka Tribune

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Macquarie Nears $2 Billion Deal for Goldman-Backed AirTrunk - Bloomberg News
Bushfires see IAG blow natural perils allowance - The Australian Financial Review
Wealthy clients are no longer sophisticated investors - The Australian Financial Review
Corporate regulator investigates Dixon Advisory - The Australian Financial Review
Pirate funds outfit fires volley over audit bill - The Australian Financial Review
Financial advisers confused and concerned about new ethics rules - The Australian Financial Review
Suncorp's former CEO in hefty share offload - The Australian Financial Review
Banks roll out emergency bushfire package for affected communities - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Daily Dose Asia-Pacific "Headlines" edition aggregates banking, financial services and insurance headlines from the websites of a limited number of major Asian and Australian publication titles and newswires, with an editorial deadline of 6 a.m. Hong Kong time. Language translations to English are provided by an automated service and may not be entirely accurate.