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HSBC's trade finance network negotiates the global slowdown

James Emmett, global head of trade and receivables finance at HSBC, discusses his strategy for staying ahead in the transaction banking business. 

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity
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The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

The Greater Mekong Delta sub-region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam has been posting stellar growth figures in recent years, and looks set to continue this trend. However, each country within the region has its own social, political and economic hurdles to overcome. Stefania Palma reports.

BNP helps breathe life back into Turkey
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BNP Paribas makes a bold response to Turkish volatility

When fears over a Chinese slowdown and the US interest rate cycle coupled with domestic political uncertainty to hit the Turkish lira, BNP Paribas proposed a long-term bond to re-establish the sovereign's credentials.

Competition hotting up in resurgent Kuwaiti banking sector

Competition hotting up in resurgent Kuwaiti banking sector

With performance starting to pick up again in the Kuwaiti banking sector, and strong growth potential both in the domestic market and in neighbouring Iraq, the small country is finding itself the focus of a growing number of lenders, with competition among them growing fierce.

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New ways to finance trade

New ways to finance trade

In response to restrictive regulation, trade finance securitisation deals are starting to materialise and, with these deals structured in such a way that they reduce risk weighting, lower leverage and increase liquidity, appetite for them is growing. 

Philippines banks looking to adapt and thrive
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Philippines banks looking to adapt and thrive

A strong economy and good governance have helped maintain healthy profitability at most of the Philippines' largest lenders, but with plans to establish a semi-integrated regional banking industry among the Association of South-east Asian Nations members – which would pit local institutions against much more mature banks – many are looking to diversify, both in terms of the products they offer and the customer base they serve.

Italys lenders pick up central bank bonus
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Italy's lenders pick up central bank bonus

Following a difficult few years, Italy's banks received a windfall from the central bank after the institution revalued its share 'capital', but other eurozone lenders claim that this gives Italian players an unfair advantage in the upcoming asset quality review.

Cracking the Indonesia code
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Cracking the Indonesia code

The fourth most populous country in the world. A fast-growing economy. A rapidly rising middle class. A huge unbanked population. There is little wonder that domestic and international lenders are focusing on getting their Indonesia strategy just right given the potential rewards on offer, but penetrating this vast archipelago is no easy task.

High-yield bond rings the changes for Israeli telco

High-yield bond rings the changes for Israeli telco

Despite an unusual structure as the holding company for a fixed-line monopoly, B Communications issued Israel's first dual-listed bond to considerable demand.

Shanghai top for FDI into Asia-Pacific

Shanghai has attracted the highest levels of inward FDI in the Asia-Pacific region in the financial services sector, while Singapore leads the way in terms of outward foreign direct investment.

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

The relatively small economies of Vietnam and Cambodia are punching above their weight in terms of growth in The Banker’s latest Association of South-east Asian Nations ranking. Meanwhile, Singapore’s banks retain their dominance in the ranking in terms of Tier 1 capital. 

Is private banking a global or local game
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Is private banking a global or local game?

Recent years have seen private banks hit by heavy regulation, fines and spiralling compliance costs, all of which have taken their toll on profits and brand value. As banking groups redefine their exposure to wealth management across the world, will private banking become a game better played by local and specialised names?

BNP helps breathe life back into Turkey
From Profiles / Deals

BNP Paribas makes a bold response to Turkish volatility

When fears over a Chinese slowdown and the US interest rate cycle coupled with domestic political uncertainty to hit the Turkish lira, BNP Paribas proposed a long-term bond to re-establish the sovereign's credentials.

Channel hopping is so last century

Talk of banking channels is passé and misses the point. Going digital is about connecting everything, not carving it up.

No trading please, we’re brokers

No trading please, we’re brokers

Brokers are outsourcing their dealing desks to other sell-side firms. Dan Barnes investigates what is left of a broker that does not trade.

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity
From World

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

The Greater Mekong Delta sub-region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam has been posting stellar growth figures in recent years, and looks set to continue this trend. However, each country within the region has its own social, political and economic hurdles to overcome. Stefania Palma reports.

Putting Iraq back on the banking map
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Putting Iraq back on the banking map

After years of neglect, the Iraqi banking sector offers promise once again. Mobile banking, trade finance and infrastructure financing opportunities are proving attractive to existing lenders and the wave of new entrants looking to break into the market. But, before the tide can finally turn, there are regulatory issues that need addressing.

Vatican bank looks to fix poor image
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Vatican bank looks to fix poor image

The Vatican has acknowledged that it needs to reform its bank, the Institute for the Works of Religion, but carrying out this task is not easy, given that the lender's image has been severely tarnished by a series of scandals.

New entrants drive Kazakhstan’s bid to consolidate
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New entrants drive Kazakhstan’s bid to consolidate

Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund is in the process of extricating itself from banks it rescued during the crisis, but poor asset quality is posing a serious challenge to the new owners. 

Scotiabank CEO sticking to growth plan
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Scotiabank CEO sticking to growth plan

Scotiabank intends to expand its domestic credit card business, despite record levels of household debt in Canada. It also wants to push retail operations in Latin America, a region where economic growth has been largely disappointing in recent years. Chief executive Brian Porter explains the rationale behind what may sound to some like a risky plan.

Will rate hikes stall high-yield bonds juggernaut?

The European high-yield bond market has come a long way from its infancy in the late 1990s to record issuance in 2012 and 2013. But with interest rates threatening to rise, can the market stay on track for another bumper year in 2014?

Dos and don'ts of fraud
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Dos and don’ts of preventing fraud in a bank

The damage that a fraud investigation can wreak on a bank is already well documented, but what measures can banks take to protect themselves against such incidents and minimise the repercussions if a fraudster does slip through the net? 

Global Payments chief looks to stay ahead of the curve

Global Payments chief looks to stay ahead of the curve

Global Payments processes $1bn in card payments a day in countries all over the world. In a field of rapid innovation, what does chief executive Jeffrey Sloan see as the future of payments?

A Chinese foothold
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Foreign banks edging in on China's growth

Foreign banks currently account for less than 2% of the Chinese banking industry, but thanks to the country's vast retail market, growing asset management industry and M&A-hungry corporates, many global banks are positioning themselves to take a bigger share of the spoils.

EBRD annual meeting and Ukraine crisis

 

  

The Banker's Brian Caplen and Philip Alexander talk about key issues to be discussed at this year's event in Poland in mid-May- View from EBRD 2014

 

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The top five banks in Japan

Top 5 banks in Japan

The Banker's top banks in Japan ranking shows that Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is the largest bank in the country by Tier 1 capital.

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EC weighs in on interchange fee battle

Legal battles over MasterCard and Visa’s interchange fees have raged for years in various markets around the world, but now the European Commission is pushing ahead with legislation that will cap the level of the fees, which will have major repercussions for card-issuing banks and the payments market.

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