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Mighty: Singapore’s banks dominate the latest Asean ranking, with DBS Bank coming first

Top Asean banks: inching in on Singapore's lead

April 2, 2013

Singapore's big three lenders may still be dominating the top positions in the Association of South-east Asian Nations ranking by Tier 1 capital by a considerable margin, but Thai and Malaysian banks now occupy six of the top 10 spots, while Indonesia's institutions are recording the region's strongest profitability ratios.

Inequality rising: the Asian Development Bank is looking to tackle the growing gap between rich and poor in Asia

Inequality threatens Asia’s growth story

April 2, 2013

Senior figures at the Asian Development Bank explain why their priority is to ensure that the continent's growth benefits all of its population, countering the rising levels of inequality in the region over the past 20 years.

Unknown depths: North Korea has trillions of dollars’ worth of minerals and a relatively cheap and highly educated labour force, but leader Kim Jong Un’s tumultuous relationship with much of the Western world and the country’s global disconnect make any inward investment something of a gamble

Will North Korea ever become an emerging market?

April 2, 2013

Despite its isolationist circumstances, North Korea has been developing an informal market economy on the back of its highly educated labour force. But the state's ambivalence about foreign investment and its geopolitical intransigence make it difficult to know how far the inroads made by outside investment can reach.

Regulatory wave poses a challenge for cross-border banking

March 1, 2013

It is not just the number, but also the complexity and regional variations of new banking regulations that are posing a challenge to international banks.

Emerging markets take hold in the developing world

March 1, 2013

As the big Western banks retreat from Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America, a new breed of 'local' lenders are taking their place. The Banker speaks to the heads of some of the regional banks that have been the most active in these locations.

Philippines central bank governor calls for more of the same

Philippines central bank governor calls for more of the same

March 1, 2013

The healthy state of the Philippines economy is down to a combination of factors, according to the country's central bank governor, Amando Tetangco. He tells The Banker how he is working to emulate 2012's success in 2013 and beyond.

Philippines finance secretary reaps rewards of good governance

Philippines finance secretary reaps rewards of good governance

March 1, 2013

The days of the Philippines being one of Asia's underachievers are looking to be a thing of the past, according to the country's finance secretary, Cesar Purisima. The secret to the island nation's success, he tells The Banker, is good governance and a president that the country can unite behind.

Philippines back to full health

Philippines back to full health

March 1, 2013

Confidence is running high in the Philippine banking sector as the country enjoys low interest rates and improved stability. But with the 2015 deadline for the economic integration of the Association of South-east Asian Nations approaching, increased competition and a reshaping of the market seems inevitable.

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Collateral: the hunt is on

March 1, 2013

More people need it, there might not be enough of it, and much of it is locked up and cannot get to where it needs to go. Collateral is in demand and the hunt is on.

Pressing ahead with Sepa

February 1, 2013

After years of uncertainty, companies now have to be prepared for the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) because it’s the law. Rather than merely complying with SEPA rules and regulations, corporates need to focus on the opportunities that SEPA brings, says Robin Terry, head of business development and sales for HSBC’s cash management business in Europe

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