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Mobile money, including banking and payments, is encroaching into the everyday life of the consumer. Monetising the business is still proving difficult, but thanks to the abundance of products available already, tangible business models are slowly emerging.
Taiwan's rising prominence as an offshore renminbi centre reached a milestone earlier this year when the Bank of China opened a clearing bank in Taipei. But with Hong Kong, and to a lesser extent London and Singapore, already working as offshore renminbi hubs, where will Taiwan fit in?
Foreign exchange trading volumes were down in 2012 and the cost of operations is rising, but there are signs that 2013 will be a more promising year for banks with the right offering.
Despite its isolationist circumstances, North Korea has been developing an informal market economy on the back of its highly educated labour force. But the state's ambivalence about foreign investment and its geopolitical intransigence make it difficult to know how far the inroads made by outside investment can reach.
Hong Kong overtook Singapore in 2012 as Asia's leading financial centre for inward FDI.
Senior figures at the Asian Development Bank explain why their priority is to ensure that the continent's growth benefits all of its population, countering the rising levels of inequality in the region over the past 20 years.
With a significant unbanked population and the world's second largest number of mobile connections, India is a prime market for mobile banking. But, unlike other mobile banking markets, it is adopting a bank-led rather than telecommunications-led approach, with the largest institutions already rolling out services and the country's regulator keen to use it as a tool to improve financial inclusion.
Singapore's big three lenders may still be dominating the top positions in the Association of South-east Asian Nations ranking by Tier 1 capital by a considerable margin, but Thai and Malaysian banks now occupy six of the top 10 spots, while Indonesia's institutions are recording the region's strongest profitability ratios.
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