Latest articles from Stefania Palma

Top 1000 World Banks – Intra-Asian economic ties spur diverse bank growth

June 29, 2015

Australian lenders retain their position at the top of the top 25 banks in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding China and Japan. 

Top 1000 World Banks – China’s banks show no signs of slowdown

June 29, 2015

ICBC, China Construction Bank, Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China are top 10 global lenders and continue to dominate the country listing.

Top 1000 World Banks – Japanese banks struggle to grow in tough environment

June 29, 2015

Japan's banks continue to be affected by deflation, showing mixed results in 2015's Top 1000 World Banks ranking. 

Wahid Omar

Malaysia's minister of financial affairs sees bright side of oil drop

June 1, 2015

Drops in oil prices have undeniably affected Malaysia’s economy. But minister of financial affairs Wahid Omar tells Stefania Palma how this was also a blessing to a country that is successfully diversifying its economy and government revenue sources through reforms such as the introduction of a goods and services tax.

Brunei's banks unperturbed by oil price drop

June 1, 2015

Hydrocarbon resources account for more than 90% of exports and more than 50% of gross domestic product in Brunei. But, thanks to the country's historical surpluses and government's spending discipline, it has weathered the storm of falling oil prices relatively well, with local banks remaining in profit and even eyeing growth.

Ram Sharan Mahat

Nepal's finance minister lays out recovery plan

May 26, 2015

Only one week after the first earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, Ram Sharan Mahat, the country’s finance minister, met Stefania Palma to discuss the government's plan to meet Nepal's enormous reconstruction and rehabilitation needs.

Malaysia shaken but not stirred

Shaken but not stirred: Malaysia sustains oil price drop

April 30, 2015

Global oil price volatility may be weighing heavily on Malaysia’s economy, but such events are not putting the country’s banking sector off its stride. Indeed, its lenders are increasingly looking to opportunities in the Asean region and Islamic banking to diversify their balance sheets. 

Piyush Gupta

DBS: how to expand in Asia

April 30, 2015

The CEO of Singapore's DBS, Piyush Gupta, talks to Stefania Palma about the potential and pitfalls of building a franchise in Asia and how global banking regulation has become a challenge in itself.

Chinas new tech savvy banks

China's new tech-savvy banks: how private lenders could threaten the status quo

April 1, 2015

The banking licences being granted to private companies in China look set to shake up the country's financial sector, with its 'big four' lenders coming under pressure from tech-savvy newcomers with a strong customer network, such as Alibaba and Tencent.

Vietnam – revived and ready for the Asean Economic Community

Vietnam’s banks: revived and ready for the Asean Economic Community?

April 1, 2015

Already on the way to recovery after a crisis in 2012, Vietnam’s banks now face further challenges in the shape of the increased competition that integration of the Asean Economic Community will bring about.

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