A man walks past the HSBC's Hong Kong headquarters in central district of Hong Kong Monday, March 4, 2013. The HSBC banking group said Monday its net profit dropped 17 percent in 2012, when it had to pay a hefty U.S. fine to settle money-laundering claims. But earnings remained robust at US$13.5 billion as Asian businesses performed well. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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A man walks past the HSBC's Hong Kong headquarters in central district of Hong Kong Monday, March 4, 2013. The HSBC banking group said Monday its net profit dropped 17 percent in 2012, when it had to pay a hefty U.S. fine to settle money-laundering claims. But earnings remained robust at US$13.5 billion as Asian businesses performed well. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A man walks past the HSBC's Hong Kong headquarters in central district of Hong Kong Monday, March 4, 2013. The HSBC banking group said Monday its net profit dropped 17 percent in 2012, when it had to pay a hefty U.S. fine to settle money-laundering claims. But earnings remained robust at US$13.5 billion as Asian businesses performed well. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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