Latest articles from Stefania Palma

Cesar Purisima

Reforms built to last: Cesar Purisima looks to leave Philippines legacy

May 2, 2016

The Philippines has grown to have some of the strongest economic fundamentals in south-east Asia, thanks in no small part to the economic policies rolled out by finance secretary Cesar Purisima over the past six years. He talks to Stefania Palma.

New growth frontiers in the Philippines

New growth frontiers in the Philippines

May 2, 2016

Filipino banks continue to be some of the healthiest lenders in Asia. Now, record volumes in equity and debt capital markets offer a further source of growth in one of the strongest banking sectors in the region. Stefania Palma reports.

Amando Tetangco

Philippines CBG at ease in midst of emerging market volatility

April 29, 2016

The Philippines has weathered the emerging markets storm that began in 2015 relatively well, meaning that its central bank has not needed to follow global trends and ease monetary policy. How has central bank governor Amando Tetangco achieved this? Stefania Palma finds out.

Raghuram Rajan

India's steady hand: CBG Raghuram Rajan looks to maintain a stabilising influence

April 1, 2016

The governor of the Reserve Bank of India tells Stefania Palma about his role in halting the rupee’s slide and containing inflation to bring economic stability to the country. Not one to rest on his laurels, however, he is determined to reform India’s banking and corporate sectors.

Asia’s surging household debt: how risky is it?

April 1, 2016

Household debt in Asian economies has grown to account for as much as 90% of some countries' GDP. But is all Asian household debt equally risky? Stefania Palma investigates. 

An inclusive approach: finance minister Jaitley looks to transform India's financial landscape

April 1, 2016

India's finance minister, Arun Jaitley, tells Stefania Palma how he is using the country's strong economic performance to push through legal reforms and extend its financial inclusion programme. 

The new age of Indian banking

The new age of Indian banking

April 1, 2016

The banking licences granted by India’s central bank to entities such as telcos, e-commerce companies and microfinance firms are shaking up one of the most traditional banking sectors in the Asia-Pacific region, threatening the dominance of the full-service public sector banks.

A public private rebalancing act

Indian banks’ public-private rebalancing

April 1, 2016

As India's public sector banks work to rid their balance sheets of legacy assets, could this be a chance for private sector banks to finally bulk up their market share? 

Takehiko Nakao

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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Bangladesh’s bKash revolution

March 1, 2016

In the space of just four years, mobile payments service bKash has had a dramatic effect upon Bangladesh, bringing the unbanked into the formal economy, speeding up and simplifying the process of sending money from urban to rural areas, and even helping the country’s central bank monitor inflation levels. Stefania Palma charts its dramatic rise.

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