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The AEC: what difference does it make?

April 1, 2016

The launch of the Asean Economic Community has opened up a new wave of opportunities. However, with Western banks pulling back from Asia and domestic banks all-powerful in the region's more developed markets, it may only be the Greater Mekong region that sees any discernible change to its financial landscape in the near future.

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ADB president confident of Asia's continued ascent

April 1, 2016

Ahead of the 2016 Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Frankfurt, the president of the ADB discusses China’s slowdown and reform agenda while underscoring that other parts of Asia – such as India – are still growing strongly. Interview by Stefania Palma.

How much capital is enough?

April 1, 2016

Regulators are increasingly mistrustful of banks using internal models to calculate their capital requirements, but the alternatives are not trouble-free.

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Bangladesh’s bKash revolution

March 1, 2016

In the space of just four years, mobile payments service bKash has had a dramatic effect upon Bangladesh, bringing the unbanked into the formal economy, speeding up and simplifying the process of sending money from urban to rural areas, and even helping the country’s central bank monitor inflation levels. Stefania Palma charts its dramatic rise.

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Fast and flexible: wealth management the Bahamas way

March 1, 2016

The Bahamas' ability to create investment products quickly in response to clients' specific needs gives it an advantage as an international financial centre, though greater communication efforts may be needed to convince its critics regarding the country's compliance with international regulation. The discussion was sponsored by the Bahamas Financial Services Board, Equity Bank and Trust, Deltec and the Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services and independently edited by The Banker.

EU strikes latest blow to terrorist funds

February 29, 2016

Accelerating the EU's fourth anti-money laundering directive will place additional burden on compliance professionals, but the rewards are clear given the need to combat the threat of terrorism, writes Kieran Beer of the Association for Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

Trading venues ask EU to hurry up on MiFID II

February 29, 2016

The European Commission has postponed the start-date for the key financial markets directive to January 2018, but participants are still waiting for the final rules.

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Top 500 Banking Brands 2016

February 1, 2016

Market and currency volatility have shaken up The Banker’s Top 500 Banking Brand rankings. However, the main story of 2016 is the speed at which Chinese banking brands are gaining ground on their US counterparts. Joy Macknight reports.

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China tackles local governments' financial woes

February 1, 2016

Huge debts and questionable investments have driven many Chinese local governments to the brink. Now regulators have stepped in with a package of reforms. Stefania Palma asks how effective the new measures will be after decades of poor supervision.

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Italian private banks get a makeover to win asset-rich clients

February 1, 2016

Low interest rates and global market volatility are encouraging Italians to demand better returns from their private banks. How are wealth managers responding? Silvia Pavoni reports.

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