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ADB president confident of Asia's continued ascent

April 1, 2016

Ahead of the 2016 Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Frankfurt, the president of the ADB discusses China’s slowdown and reform agenda while underscoring that other parts of Asia – such as India – are still growing strongly. Interview by Stefania Palma.

Singapore tops developing Asia's financial services FDI

April 1, 2016

With overall inflows decreasing across the region, Singapore attracted the largest amount of financial services foreign direct investment in emerging Asian markets in 2015.

Ups and downs as Asia moves to the next level

April 1, 2016

The Banker and the Nikkei Asian Review are now sister publications following the Nikkei’s acquisition of the Financial Times in December. We are delighted to present this joint report to coincide with the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Frankfurt in early May.

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Bangladesh’s bKash revolution

March 1, 2016

In the space of just four years, mobile payments service bKash has had a dramatic effect upon Bangladesh, bringing the unbanked into the formal economy, speeding up and simplifying the process of sending money from urban to rural areas, and even helping the country’s central bank monitor inflation levels. Stefania Palma charts its dramatic rise.

Housing dominates Australian loan books

February 26, 2016
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As banks struggle worldwide, Australian lenders seem a mainstay of stability but they depend heavily on the housing sector.

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Haitong eyes further expansion after buying Portugal's BESI

February 1, 2016

Two months after finalising Haitong Securities' acquisition of Novo Banco's investment banking unit, now called Haitong Bank, the parent company's deputy CEO and the UK head of the new bank talk about the acquisition, their international growth plans and what a jittery renminbi means to them. 

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China tackles local governments' financial woes

February 1, 2016

Huge debts and questionable investments have driven many Chinese local governments to the brink. Now regulators have stepped in with a package of reforms. Stefania Palma asks how effective the new measures will be after decades of poor supervision.

What all regulators must do to promote financial inclusion

January 25, 2016

The annual Microscope global report on financial inclusion provides a kind of open-source regulation for fostering the right environment to give everyone access to banking and credit services, wherever they are, writes Michael Schlein, president and chief executive of Accion. 

Chinese regulators and foreign investors need to meet in the middle

January 25, 2016

Worries over China's economy would abate if market authorities communicated better and avoided overzealous interventions. And, for their part, investors should keep their cool when faced with less-than-stellar growth figures.

Mizuho takes on the Americas

Mizuho takes on the Americas

January 4, 2016

How is Japanese mega-bank Mizuho growing its investment banking franchise in the Americas? Stefania Palma talks to Mizuho Securities USA's chief executive, John Koudounis, to find out.

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