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The irresistible rise of Chinese fintech

September 1, 2016

China's fintech industry has grown at a rapid pace, in some cases leaving established tech giants of the West behind. Having cracked the domestic banking market, top Chinese fintech firms are already eyeing insurance and looking beyond the country's borders to continue their rapid ascent. Stefania Palma reports.

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Using microfinance to lift China's poor to prosperity: an IFC viewpoint

July 1, 2016

China’s microfinance sector is still developing but has strong potential to reduce poverty and support local SMEs. What are the challenges and opportunities for microfinance institutions in the country? The International Finance Corporation’s country manager for China, South Korea and Mongolia, Simon Andrews, explains.

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Swift dips into China with CIPS

July 1, 2016

Financial messaging provider Swift’s memorandum of understanding with China’s Cross-border Inter-Bank Payment System could greatly facilitate cross-border renminbi payments, as Stefania Palma discovers.

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Chinese banks join rush to IPO

July 1, 2016

As bad debt piles up and assets bases grow, Chinese banks are keen to tap equity markets to top up on capital. But why are some doing better than others in the IPO market? Stefania Palma investigates.

Top 1000 World Banks – Chinese banks go from strength to strength

June 29, 2016

Unprecedentedly, ICBC, China Construction Bank, Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China are all in the top five banks by Tier 1 capital worldwide. But the good news does not end there for Chinese banks, with many putting in a strong performance further down the ranking.

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Chinese banks make retail push

June 16, 2016

As China’s economy slows and corporate debt swells, the country’s banks are turning to retail as a new source of growth. Who is jumping on the bandwagon, and how will banks tap into China’s enormous mass market? Stefania Palma reports.

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BESI finds a new lease of life under Haitong Securities

June 1, 2016

The former head of Banco Espírito Santo’s investment arm, José Maria Ricciardi, talks to Stefania Palma about the parent bank’s turbulent last days and how he hopes to exploit its established European network in his new position as the chief executive of Haitong Bank.

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Cautious optimism prevails at 2016 Asian Development Bank meeting

June 1, 2016

After a turbulent 2015, faith in Asia’s economies was strong at the Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Frankfurt, despite falling exchange rates and capital outflows. Stefania Palma reports.

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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.

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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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