China trades up

China raises its trade status

Spurred by strong domestic growth, China is repositioning itself on the global trade map, with its exporters moving up the value chain and its share of global exports and imports steadily rising.

China trade

China's journey from 'factory' to 'mega-trader'

China's trade relationship with the rest of the world is changing, as it sheds its 'factory' status and becomes a vital trade partner to every global region. James King assesses this journey.

China prime time for trade finance

China's prime time for trade finance

With heavy state involvement and the occasional scandal, China’s trade finance sector may not be perfect. But significant change is under way as government policies facilitate growth and diversification in the country’s industry and financial sector. 

Cyber attack

Cyber attack: Is your bank safe?

From financially motivated cyber crime to politically influenced cyber warfare, the virtual threats to financial institutions are multiplying. Companies must respond by arming themselves against such attacks or else they risk losing their footing on the new digital battleground.

Wasim Akhtar Saifi

Standard Chartered Saadiq welcomes Islamic internationalisation

The increasingly international outlook of the Islamic finance market place is providing new growth opportunities for Islamic banks and, according to Standard Chartered Saadiq, Malaysia's chief executive, Wasim Akhtar Saifi, is also offering much-needed solutions to the industry's longer term liquidity management problems. 

A global Islamic asset management boom

A global Islamic asset management boom

Islamic finance asset management is booming globally, with countries in south-east Asia and the Gulf spearheading growth, thanks in part to improved investor confidence, regulations and infrastructure. 

Kyrgyzstan banks face mountains to climb

Kyrgyzstan banks face mountains to climb

Banks in Kyrgyzstan face numerous challenges beyond the accessibility problems caused by the country's mountainous terrain. A distrust of conventional banking and strong position of microfinance institutions means the central Asian state is under-penetrated by conventional lenders, a situation that is slowly but surely starting to change.

India reshaped

Can new hands reshape India's banking sector?

Critics have long argued that the obstacles preventing further growth in the Indian banking sector – particularly among its state-owned institutions – can be eliminated by a couple of deft policy changes. The question is, will the country's new government bring about the financial sector reforms that are so badly needed?

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State of play: India's banks in 2014

Two new players have been admitted into the Indian banking sector in 2014, but declining profitability among the country's existing lenders in the past 12 months does not appear to be inspiring much confidence in the industry. The Banker talks to chief executives at both established and new institutions, and discusses past performance and future plans.

Is Myanmar primed for a banking revolution

Is Myanmar primed for a banking revolution?

After decades of underperformance while under military rule, Myanmar is heading for a period of rapid growth, but much work still needs to be done to address the country’s infrastructure deficits, poverty and its underdeveloped banking sector.  

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