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Why Nepal will bounce back stronger

September 1, 2015

The two earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May 2015 were the largest natural calamity in the country in over 80 years. Finance minister Ram Sharan Mahat describes how the country is recovering, and explains why the Nepal that rises from the rubble will be stronger than ever.

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Malaysia's great balancing act

September 1, 2015

Watching the success of its Asian counterparts acted as the catalyst for Malaysia to rethink its economy, reducing its dependence on natural resources and putting greater faith in the private sector, all while reducing government spending and keeping debt to a manageable level. The country's minister without portfolio, Idris Jala, describes the plan's progress. 

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Japan’s mega-banks: a different kind of growth story

September 1, 2015

Japan's mega-banks – Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group – have faced a number of challenges over the past few years, from the country's low-interest-rate environment to its ageing population. However, by diversifying their revenue sources and geographical portfolios, these lenders are managing to defy stagnant domestic conditions.

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Will China's New Silk Road progress smoothly?

September 1, 2015

China's One Belt, One Road initiative – building a new Silk Road between western Europe and China's east coast as well as improving the Maritime Silk Road – will be a major game changer for international trade. Stefania Palma assesses its possible impact.

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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.

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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.

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