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PWM/The Banker Private Banking Awards 2015

While big brand global banks continue to dominate in PWM/The Banker’s annual private banking awards, some interesting trends are also emerging.

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How sustainable are India's public sector banks?

India's public sector banks remain the weakest link in the country's banking industry. How are the central bank's repo rate cut and the government's capital infusions affecting these lenders?

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Investment banking: an uncertain future?

Seven years on from the start of the financial crisis, many investment banks are still lost in the fog, casting around for a viable business model. With regulatory pressures continuing to mount, and operating costs getting ever higher, can the industry find a workable way through the gloom?


Latin American wealth management moves back offshore

Economic turbulence is hitting Latin America, exacerbated by the region’s dependence on a stuttering China. Given this backdrop, the region's wealthy individuals are increasingly looking to move their money safely offshore. So what will the future look like for local wealth managers?

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Norinchukin Bank looks overseas to escape Japanese torpor

The poor state of Japan's farmland, fishing grounds and forests should spell bad news for the co-operative financial operation that traditionally caters to these fields – Norinchukin Bank. However, as its CEO explains, the lender's overseas activities and the country's thirst for innovation have seen it post record profits recently.

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Beyond the big three: how Japan's smaller banks are faring

Aside from its three mega-banks, Japan has a financial network that includes shinkin banks, co-operative banks and city and regional institutions. Stefania Palma explores how each is responding to Japan’s economic slowdown given their different mandates, structures and resources.

Good, but could be great: wealth management in South Korea

South Korea has a large and vibrant wealth management sector, but it has yet to reach its full potential. Michael Imeson speaks to industry experts to assess how the country and its domestic financial institutions can bridge the gap between them and their Asia-Pacific peers.

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Japan’s smaller banks: a different kind of reinvention

Narrower scopes, smaller balance sheets and limited global footprints are not stopping smaller Japanese banks from reinventing themselves at a time when diversifying revenue sources is key. Stefania Palma assesses their progress.

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Japan’s mega-banks: a different kind of growth story

Japan's mega-banks – Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group – have faced a number of challenges over the past few years, from the country's low-interest-rate environment to its ageing population. However, by diversifying their revenue sources and geographical portfolios, these lenders are managing to defy stagnant domestic conditions.

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Is Mexico ready to embrace mobile banking?

The low levels of penetration in mobile banking in Mexico are matched by underwhelming financial inclusion figures. Could a rise in the former bring about an improvement in the latter? Silvia Pavoni investigates.

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