Hikaru Ogata

Société Générale bulks up in Asia-Pacific

August 3, 2015

Contrary to many global banks retreating from various businesses in Asia-Pacific, Société Générale is not only staying, but also growing in the region. How is it staying profitable? Stefania Palma asks the lender's Asia-Pacific CEO, Hikaru Ogata.

Tseng Ming-chung

Taiwan Financial Supervisory Commission chairman sees reforms starting to pay off

August 3, 2015

Tseng Ming-chung, chairman of Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission, is seen by many as the bringer of long-awaited deregulation and reform. Two years into his mandate, Mr Tseng gives The Banker an update on his strategy, which is already bearing fruit.

A stock market intervention too far in China?

July 27, 2015

The intervention of the Chinese government when the country's stock market lost more than one-third of its value in mid-June did not surprise many people, but the timing and manner of the action has disappointed some.

G-SIBs threatened with higher leverage ratio

July 2, 2015
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A higher leverage ratio requirement would prove a challenge to 13 global systematically important banks.

Forces at play to reshape Indian banking sector

Forces at play to reshape Indian banking sector

July 1, 2015

With state funding on the decline, and new technologies and more stringent regulation both increasing, the Indian banking sector is undergoing a significant period of change. New players are entering the market, making it even more difficult for the state-owned banks, which are already struggling with deteriorating asset quality and incoming capital adequacy targets.

Jiang Jianqing

Jiang Jianqing: ICBC embracing new Chinese landscape

July 1, 2015

Jiang Jianqing, the chairman of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, explains how the largest bank in the world in capital, profits and assets is dealing with China’s economic slowdown, structural reforms and new privately owned, tech-savvy entrants in the banking sector.

Indian banks in 2015

The state of play: India’s banks in 2015

July 1, 2015

The Indian government may be keen for consolidation in the banking sector – driven by a desire to see the country's lenders figure among the world's largest banks – but internal resistance to such changes, from bank employees and their unions in particular, continue to thwart such activity. On top of this, India's lenders are struggling with non-performing assets, which has proved a blight on their profits over the past 12 months.  

Top Chinese banks remodel to tackle the 'new normal'

July 1, 2015

China's economic growth is slowing and its banking sector is having to adapt to new policies aimed at bringing the market closer to the final reform of liberalising interest rates. Even the largest banks in the country have had to reconsider their strategies to face this evolving environment. How will they reinvent themselves? Stefania Palma reports.

Beyond the big four: Bank of Nanjing and China Zheshang Bank

July 1, 2015

The problems facing China's small, province-focused banks – the country's economic slowdown, deteriorating asset quality, increasing costs – are much the same as those facing the 'big four'. However, smaller banks are also having to contend with enormous debt problems run up by their provinces. Stefania Palma looks at how two of them – Bank of Nanjing and China Zheshang Bank – are faring.

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