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Asia’s surging household debt: how risky is it?

April 1, 2016

Household debt in Asian economies has grown to account for as much as 90% of some countries' GDP. But is all Asian household debt equally risky? Stefania Palma investigates. 

US demands more from banks on TLAC

April 1, 2016

US Federal Reserve proposals for total loss-absorbing capacity go well beyond the Financial Stability Board standards in some areas.

The new age of Indian banking

The new age of Indian banking

April 1, 2016

The banking licences granted by India’s central bank to entities such as telcos, e-commerce companies and microfinance firms are shaking up one of the most traditional banking sectors in the Asia-Pacific region, threatening the dominance of the full-service public sector banks.

A public private rebalancing act

Indian banks’ public-private rebalancing

April 1, 2016

As India's public sector banks work to rid their balance sheets of legacy assets, could this be a chance for private sector banks to finally bulk up their market share? 

Coco volatility threatens bank regulatory capital targets

Coco volatility threatens bank regulatory capital targets

April 1, 2016

The contingent convertible bond, or cocos, market got off to a poor start in 2016, particularly at Deutsche Bank, and new issuance of the bonds is expected to slump. However, if investors steer clear of the asset class, will banks still be able to meet upcoming capital requirements? 

Banks engage in AML fight

Banks engage in anti-money-laundering fight

April 1, 2016

UK fraud investigators have realised that banks are well placed to identify illicit financial activity and have set up a partnership with major European financial institutions to share information about money laundering and terrorist financing. But how motivated are the banks to participate?

What difference does the AEC make

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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