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Cautious Chinese banks navigate uncertain market

July 3, 2017

China’s banking sector is proving hard to navigate in 2017. The economy is slowing, net interest margins have dropped and banking regulators are cracking down on financial malpractice. Stefania Palma assesses how the country's banks are faring in this challenging environment.

PBOC teaser

Will regulatory crackdown see China emerge from the shadows?

July 3, 2017

Chinese regulators have tightened their grip on the banking sector in an effort to control financial risk, the country’s ballooning shadow banking sector and excessive debt load. Which banks stand a better chance of meeting these tougher requirements? Stefania Palma reports.

China financial risk needs more than a clampdown

July 3, 2017

China is targeting high level officials and wealth management products in its assault on shadow banking. But measures only tackle the supply, not the reasons behind the demand for unregulated financing.

Top 1000 World Banks - Australia ahead in Asia-Pacific as Indonesia rises

July 3, 2017

Two Indonesian banks join the Asia Pacific listings, bumping out Thai and Taiwanese institutions, while ANZ leapfrogs National Australia Bank to take the top slot. Stefania Palma reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Profits in western Europe and Asia fall as Americas and CEE recover

July 3, 2017

The Top 1000 banks’ profits are $2bn down on the 2016 ranking, with western Europe’s decline the most notable. Meanwhile, Latin American banks have increased their share, as Stefanie Linhardt reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - China boosts its numbers while ICBC retains lead

July 3, 2017

More Chinese banks won places in the Top 1000, with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China again number one, although the country now only has three of the top five places. Stefania Palma reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Japan's strength fails to translate into global gains

July 3, 2017

While the domestic performance of Japan’s banks has been generally positive, the global ranking sees more of them losing ground or remaining static rather than improving on last year’s positions. Stefania Palma reports.

MUFG teaser

Fintech focus and international expansion bring boost to Japan's mega-banks

June 1, 2017

The central bank’s negative interest rate regime has hit Japan’s banking sector hard. But three local mega-institutions have shown resilience, both at home – partly through fintech investments – and abroad – by aggressive international expansion. Stefania Palma reports.

Japan economy teaser

Japan takes a radical approach to spark economic revival

June 1, 2017

Negative inflation, stagnant wage growth and an ageing population are forcing Japanese policy-makers to take innovative and, some would say, counterproductive measures to revive the economy. Stefania Palma reports.

Taisuke Sasanuma teaser

Japanese private equity: at a turning point?

June 1, 2017

Japan's private equity market may contribute only a small percentage of the country's GDP but, amid a sluggish economic revival, there are signs it is beginning to have a greater influence, reports Stefania Palma.

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