StanChart shares have fallen 6% since last Thursday when it told the market that costs were rising and wholesale banking revenues weak.
For StanChart, growth is proving costly. The British bank with a strong focus on Asian emerging markets said last Thursday that it had another record year to look forward to, predicting further growth in its pre-tax profit for both the consumer and banking wings of its business. However, such growth comes at a high price, and costs for the bank have been growing faster than it would ordinarily allow.
Its finance director said the bank would try to slow cost growth next year until it draws level with income growth once again.
Reminder: Temasek has 19% of StanChart and the bank is one of its best picks ever.