Morning Coffee Dec 14 2010

HSBC Focuses on Emerging Markets

By julie steinberg

The last time we reported on HSBC hiring, the bank was bringing on hundreds in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Brazil and Mexico were also considered hot spots.

The U.S. doesn't figure largely into those expansion plans.

Of every dollar the bank earned for the first six months of 2010, 84 cents came from Europe and Asia. When it comes to the States, HSBC lost $22.8 billion in 2008 and 2009.

HSBC's fumblings in the U.S., the FT argues, means that the country just won't be an important component of the bank's success. Though the bank employs thousands here, the U.S. just hasn't been as profitable a place to operate as other places. Whether that minimized relevance will translate to less hiring remains to be seen. Now that Stuart Gulliver is set to take over, it will also bear watching whether the country attains any more importance.

The bank didn't respond to requests for comment before press time. (FT)

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