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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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The state of play: India’s banks in 2016

July 1, 2016

In the past 12 months, Indian banks have finally uncovered the full extent of their stressed assets. And for the first time, the Reserve Bank of India has given local lenders a framework to identify and deal with loans of concern. Rekha Gupta Menon explores how these stressed assets have hit Indian banks' profitability, and which lenders have performed better than others and why. 

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Channelling growth in Pakistan's banking sector

July 1, 2016

Pakistan's big five banks have largely enjoyed a prosperous past 12 months. However, as Edward Russell-Walling discovers, lower interest rates, a lack of credit being extended to the private sector and the rise of Islamic finance are causing the banks to reassess their strategies. 

ESMA gives more time on trade reporting obligations

July 1, 2016

Among banks and brokers there has been a lot of concern about the EU’s trade reporting obligations, but some recent concessions have made the burden a little easier, writes Justin Pugsley. 

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Financial Institutions Sentiment Survey 2016

June 17, 2016

Following a challenging but robust 2015, the UK experienced a turbulent start to 2016. Eyes have been firmly focused on a range of market indicators: from fragile economic growth in China and ongoing weakness in parts of Europe, to oil price and equity market volatility. Added to the ramifications of geopolitical events, many financial institutions have suggested that conditions have echoed the European sovereign debt crisis of 2011 – or possibly even those of the early days of the global financial crisis.

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Chinese banks make retail push

June 16, 2016

As China’s economy slows and corporate debt swells, the country’s banks are turning to retail as a new source of growth. Who is jumping on the bandwagon, and how will banks tap into China’s enormous mass market? Stefania Palma reports.

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Myanmar’s fledgling banking system braces for fintech

June 10, 2016

Myanmar is on the cusp of a mobile and financial technology revolution. How can emerging local banks harness this development? And is the rise of fintech an opportunity or a challenge? Peter Janssen reports.

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The rehabilitation of Austria’s Volksbanken

June 1, 2016

After a scare from the European Central Bank, Austria’s Volksbanken banking consortium has pursued an ambitious strategy of streamlining and consolidation with the aim of returning to profitability and repaying €300m in state aid 

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Austrian province of Carinthia becomes a BRRD test case

June 1, 2016

Hypo Alpe Adria – now known as Heta – is a 'bad bank' from the Austrian region of Carinthia that is the first to be wound down according to the EU's Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. Stefanie Linhardt assesses the situation and looks at who the winners and losers will be.

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