Latest articles from Stefania Palma

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? 

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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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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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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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China tackles local governments' financial woes

February 1, 2016

Huge debts and questionable investments have driven many Chinese local governments to the brink. Now regulators have stepped in with a package of reforms. Stefania Palma asks how effective the new measures will be after decades of poor supervision.

Mizuho takes on the Americas

Mizuho takes on the Americas

January 4, 2016

How is Japanese mega-bank Mizuho growing its investment banking franchise in the Americas? Stefania Palma talks to Mizuho Securities USA's chief executive, John Koudounis, to find out.

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China Zheshang Bank chairman enjoys stability amid turbulent times

January 4, 2016

China Zheshang Bank chairman Shen Renkang discusses China's economic slowdown and financial market shocks of 2015 and the bank's growth strategy in a tricky local and global environment.

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Taiwan CBG charts a steady course through turbulent emerging market waters

January 4, 2016

Taiwan's central bank governor tells Stefania Palma how the country has helped to keep the east Asian economy in check in 2015 – one of the toughest years for emerging markets. 

Business as usual for Taiwans banks

Business as usual for Taiwan's banks

January 4, 2016

Taiwan's long-awaited presidential elections in January 2016 are keeping the global business community on its toes. By contrast, the country's banks remain calm and continue focusing on diversifying revenue streams away from a tepid domestic economy.

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