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Top 500 bank brands 2012

Top 500 Banking Brands 2012

February 1, 2012

As a large number of banks across the globe see the value of their brand slip for a second consecutive year, many financial institutions are seeing both positive and negative results of being associated with their country of origin, something that has worked out particularly well for Canadian banks.

Transaction banking braced for a year of further consolidation

February 1, 2012

Faced with a mass of regulatory reform and the ill-effects of the sovereign debt crisis, transaction banking is set for more change. And despite the emergence of new competitors, the competitive landscape is contracting thanks to global consolidation. The Banker speaks to some of the world's leading transaction bankers about their strategies for the coming year and beyond.


Will outside events hinder Malaysia's reform plans?

February 1, 2012

Malaysia is going through a period of transformation as the government seeks to push the country to developed nation status. The ambitious economic goals, however, are being tested by events further afield and observers are questioning to what degree Malaysia’s growth will be impacted by the troubles of the eurozone. 

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The renminbi takes the slow path to internationalisation

January 3, 2012

The increasing might of China over the past decade has not been reflected in its currency. In 2010, China's share of world trade was 11.4%, while the renminbi's share in world payments was a mere 0.24%. The currency's route to internationalisation look set to be more marathon than sprint.

Asia's quiet giant comes to the fore

January 3, 2012

Despite being the fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia's growth story is often overshadowed by that of its Asian peers, China and India. The country's potential has not been lost on the international banking community, however, which is slowly but surely upping its presence in this vast and highly unbanked archipelago.

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Are banks failing to fulfil their mobile potential?

January 3, 2012

The potential of mobile devices in payments, banking and financial services has yet to be fully realised, despite the fact that mobile technology is bringing a profound shift in the way that the world’s population interacts and transacts.

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Asian growth story evades Japanese banks

December 1, 2011

Japan's banks recorded unremarkable increases in profitability and returns over the past year, yet the country's big players have maintained their prominence within the global rankings, suggesting that their disappointing performance is part of a wider global trend. But with the data from the months following the disasters of March 2011 yet to be revealed, the performance of Japan's banks could yet take a further hit.


Banks race to compete in renminbi

November 1, 2011

The renminbi is on a path to becoming an international currency, and the first step of the journey is for the Chinese currency to be used to settle trade payments. As businesses begin to see the benefits of using renminbi for trade settlement, banks are competing to make their mark on this growing business.


South Korea makes life difficult for foreign investors

November 1, 2011

From drawn-out court cases to labour union strikes, the trials and tribulations of the multinational banks that have tried to invest in South Korea have left many observers with the impression that the country is hostile to foreign capital. 

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Brand finance survey highlights banks' image problem

October 19, 2011

The banking sector’s image has suffered in 2011, with an overall decline in the rankings of banks’ brand value. However, there are some notable exceptions that have carved a niche in the market.

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