Udaya Shumsher Rana teaser

Nepal leaves itself with a federal mountain to climb

December 1, 2017

Nepal faces parliamentary and inaugural provincial elections at the end of 2017 while being tasked with setting up a new federal system. Ministry of finance officials tell Stefania Palma how the government is coping.

Belarusbank teaser

Top 100 CIS Banks ranking: a partial comeback

December 1, 2017

Putting currency instability and low oil prices behind them, banks in the Commonwealth of Independent States had a healthier year in 2016. Andrew MacDowall reports.

Nepal Rastra Bank teaser

Nepal’s banks hope for stability as elections loom

December 1, 2017

Nepal’s banks have survived two years of upheaval, contending with violent earthquakes and India’s border blockade. Today, the sector hopes to address more systemic issues such as overbanking, political instability and cyber security threats. Stefania Palma reports.

Will China keep up its regulatory crackdown?

November 27, 2017

The Chinese authorities’ regulatory clampdown has entered its next phase. Will they persist, if even the economy suffers?

Sopnendu Mohanty teaser

Monetary Authority of Singapore fintech chief seeks perfect balance

November 1, 2017

Singapore’s central bank and financial authority, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, must balance fintech disruption with a safe regulatory environment. Chief fintech officer Sopnendu Mohanty talks to Joy Macknight about walking the tightrope to innovation.

Ant Financial teaser

The march of Ant Financial

October 2, 2017

Chris Skinner was invited to join Alibaba’s annual Netrepeneurs conference in Hangzhou, China, for star sellers on Alibaba’s Taobao platform. He reports on Ant Financial, the Alibaba spin-off that operates mobile payments app Alipay.

Charoen Pokphand Foods teaser

Thai corporates spread their wings

October 2, 2017

Ever since the Asian financial crisis in 1997, Thai companies have been steadily expanding abroad. They have been helped in no small part by their easy access to the capital markets, though often with a reliance on the large multi-national banks as opposed to their domestic counterparts. Peter Janssen reports.

Hojune Chang teaser

Citi expansion aims to energise South Korean wealth management

October 2, 2017

Citibank’s ambitious plans for the South Korean market and a boom in fintech are invigorating the country’s wealth management sector, despite rising tensions with North Korea. Elliot Smither reports.

Korea Stock Exchange teaser

Conflict? Scandal? South Korean investors carry on regardless

October 2, 2017

South Korea’s capital markets are thriving despite threats of aggression from North Korea, as well as business and political scandals at home, writes Michael Imeson.

Small firms go global teaser

Is technology enough to plug the SME financing gap?

October 2, 2017

Technology is revolutionising trade finance while facilitating lending to small businesses by tech giants such as PayPal, Amazon and Alibaba. But is this enough to fill the $1500bn global trade finance gap? Stefania Palma investigates.

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