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Banks step up efforts to fight RWA proposals

July 20, 2016

There is growing exasperation in the banking community regarding the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s desire to reduce variations in bank risk-weighted assets in the name of simplifying comparisons, writes Justin Pugsley.

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Ultimate beneficial ownership: where are we and what does the future look like?

July 12, 2016

The challenge of identifying ultimate beneficial ownership is becoming an increasingly complex process that remains crucial for mitigating counterparty risk. Tom Golding of Accuity examines the current state of play and explains what can be done to ease the burden placed on compliance officers.

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India public sector banks face privatisation dilemma

July 1, 2016

India's public sector banks are suffering from high non-performing assets and poor capitalisation. The government is considering privatisation as a way to revamp these lenders – starting with IDBI Bank – but is this the right solution? Rekha Gupta Menon investigates.

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Japanese banks exploit regional partnerships to move into CLMV countries

July 1, 2016

As Thailand loses some of its allure, Japan’s big banks are following their corporates into Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, using their Thai subsidiaries as strategic partners. Peter Janssen reports.

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Will India Post bring a breakthrough in financial inclusion?

July 1, 2016

With a newly acquired banking licence and a vast national network, India Post has huge potential to boost financial inclusion in the country. However, as industry experts point out, much will rest on it getting the fundamentals – the technology, management and expertise – in place. Rekha Gupta Menon reports.

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Microfinance becomes big business in Pakistan

July 1, 2016

As a country with severe issues of financial exclusion, Pakistan is setting up an institutional framework supporting microfinance institutions. The latest innovation is the launch of the Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company. Edward Russell-Walling maps the sector's development.

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Mixed results mire Pakistan's privatisation drive

July 1, 2016

After success stories in bank privatisation, Pakistan is now turning to ailing state firms in the airline, electricity and steel sectors. But large losses, competition and social unrest are making for a bumpy ride. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Swift dips into China with CIPS

July 1, 2016

Financial messaging provider Swift’s memorandum of understanding with China’s Cross-border Inter-Bank Payment System could greatly facilitate cross-border renminbi payments, as Stefania Palma discovers.

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Putting Pakistan’s economy on the map

July 1, 2016

Although Pakistan's economy has not met all government targets, its macro fundamentals are strong and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is generating a lot of optimism. Is this enough to attract more foreign direct investment into the country? Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Chinese banks join rush to IPO

July 1, 2016

As bad debt piles up and assets bases grow, Chinese banks are keen to tap equity markets to top up on capital. But why are some doing better than others in the IPO market? Stefania Palma investigates.

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