Tough at the top for China

July 1, 2015

China's rise to the economic ascent will not be without its hiccups, as the country must negotiate the transition from an investment- to a consumption-driven economic model and put its local government expenditures into check.

Top 1000 World Banks – Intra-Asian economic ties spur diverse bank growth

June 29, 2015

Australian lenders retain their position at the top of the top 25 banks in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding China and Japan. 

Top 1000 World Banks – China’s banks show no signs of slowdown

June 29, 2015

ICBC, China Construction Bank, Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China are top 10 global lenders and continue to dominate the country listing.

Top 1000 World Banks – Japanese banks struggle to grow in tough environment

June 29, 2015

Japan's banks continue to be affected by deflation, showing mixed results in 2015's Top 1000 World Banks ranking. 

India's banks log on to digital channels

June 15, 2015

India will have 450 million digital banking customers by 2020 – a fourfold increase, say forecasters. Both public and private sector lenders are gearing up.

The top five banks in Australia

June 1, 2015
Australian Banks Top 5 2015 ungrouped

As the era of crisis-defying returns seems to be coming to a close for Australia’s banks, The Banker ranks the top five institutions in the country by Tier 1 capital. 

Wahid Omar

Malaysia's minister of financial affairs sees bright side of oil drop

June 1, 2015

Drops in oil prices have undeniably affected Malaysia’s economy. But minister of financial affairs Wahid Omar tells Stefania Palma how this was also a blessing to a country that is successfully diversifying its economy and government revenue sources through reforms such as the introduction of a goods and services tax.

Brunei's banks unperturbed by oil price drop

June 1, 2015

Hydrocarbon resources account for more than 90% of exports and more than 50% of gross domestic product in Brunei. But, thanks to the country's historical surpluses and government's spending discipline, it has weathered the storm of falling oil prices relatively well, with local banks remaining in profit and even eyeing growth.

Ram Sharan Mahat

Nepal's finance minister lays out recovery plan

May 26, 2015

Only one week after the first earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, Ram Sharan Mahat, the country’s finance minister, met Stefania Palma to discuss the government's plan to meet Nepal's enormous reconstruction and rehabilitation needs.

Laos minds the growth gap

Is the Laos growth story reaching an end?

April 30, 2015

After a five-year spell of growth, Laos's economy stalled a little in 2014. However, with an improving regulatory environment, the launch of the Asean Economic Community and an improving foreign investment outlook, the country can still look forward with some optimism.

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