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Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ makes Thai powerplay

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ makes Thai powerplay

October 1, 2014

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ's purchase of Thailand-based Bank of Ayudhya last year was indicative of the wealth of opportunities opening up in the south-east Asian economy.

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

April 1, 2014

The Greater Mekong Delta sub-region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam has been posting stellar growth figures in recent years, and looks set to continue this trend. However, each country within the region has its own social, political and economic hurdles to overcome. Stefania Palma reports.

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

April 1, 2014

The relatively small economies of Vietnam and Cambodia are punching above their weight in terms of growth in The Banker’s latest Association of South-east Asian Nations ranking. Meanwhile, Singapore’s banks retain their dominance in the ranking in terms of Tier 1 capital. 


The struggle to find the right Islamic banking model

November 7, 2012

The steady growth of sharia-compliant assets suggests banks believe in the future of the sector, but the dismantling of the largest cross-border Islamic window raises questions about whether global banking groups can make a success of the business.

Asean over 20 years

Asean over 20 years: Indonesia's triumph over adversity

November 1, 2012

Indonesia's banks suffered heavy setbacks during the 1998 Asian financial crisis, but in the 20 years since, the country's recovery has seen its banking sector outperform the rest of the Association of South-east Asian Nations region.

Prasarn Trairatvorajuk TEASER

The domestic route to Thailand's transformation

September 3, 2012

Thailand can no longer rely upon its exports or low labour costs to give it an edge in international markets. Instead, it must rebalance its economy to be more demand driven, and to have a greater domestic focus, something the Bank of Thailand is keen to help the country achieve.

TEASER-After the floods: Thailand plays catch-up

After the floods: Thailand plays catch-up

July 2, 2012

Devastating floods and political instability saw Thailand's economy grind to a halt in late 2011. However, the country's banks have emerged relatively unscathed, and with its economy now growing at a good pace, the country is looking forward to experiencing good times similar to those that its south-east Asian neighbours have enjoyed.

TEASER-Euro woes weigh heavily on Asia

Asia weighs euro impact as global economy rebalances

June 1, 2012

Delegates at the annual Asian Development Bank meeting in Manila had their attention firmly focused upon another continent – Europe – and what the economic problems in the region may pose for its trade and financial activity in Asia. 

Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of Thailand's central bank

Q&A: Prasarn Trairatvorakul on raising rates and a rising baht

January 31, 2011

The governor of Thailand's central bank has had an eventful first few months in the role, including raising the Bank of Thailand's benchmark rates by 25 basis points and having to closely monitor the baht.

Bank of Ayudhya has benefited from the input of GE Capital, which owns 33% of Thailand's fifth largest bank by asset size

Thai banks perform well amid upheaval

January 31, 2011

Amid riots and concerns over more upheaval, Thailand's banks enjoyed a prosperous 2010. While the country's dependence on exports leaves it at the mercy of US and Chinese economic policies, major players in Thailand seem well prepared to cope with any slowdown.

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