After a five-year spell of growth, Laos's economy stalled a little in 2014. However, with an improving regulatory environment, the launch of the Asean Economic Community and an improving foreign investment outlook, the country can still look forward with some optimism.
Global oil price volatility may be weighing heavily on Malaysia’s economy, but such events are not putting the country’s banking sector off its stride. Indeed, its lenders are increasingly looking to opportunities in the Asean region and Islamic banking to diversify their balance sheets.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has the potential to reallocate both Chinese and Western savings into projects that will boost the global economy and satisfy China's aspirations for a leadership role.
Kyrgyzstan’s banks are trying to expand their customer base, but will this impact upon their performance?
As the Association of South-east Asian Nations enters the last year in the run-up to its planned economic integration, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia are on track to harmonise their capital markets, while others are dragging their feet.
Cross-border expansion has become a key source of growth for many of Thailand's banks, which are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities in neighbouring Myanmar and Laos, both of which are at the start of what is expected to be a huge banking growth curve.
There might not be much movement among the top positions in this year’s Top 100 Association of South-East Asian Nations Banks ranking, but Filipino lenders are on the rise, while Indonesia’s banks boast the highest returns.
The governor of the Bank of Thailand, Prasarn Trairatvorakul, has seen the country's banking sector show remarkable resilience over the past few years. However, he is now looking for its lenders to expand their services into neighbouring countries, as well as offer more sophisticated products at home.
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