Latest articles from Stefania Palma

Turning optimism into productive growth in Indonesia

Turning optimism into productive growth in Indonesia

February 2, 2015

Indonesia's banking sector holds much promise, thanks in large to the country's vast unbanked population. And with a new, business-friendly president in Joko Widodo, hopes are high that it can finally realise this vast potential.

Is private banking shifting from Switzerland to Hong Kong and Singapore

Is private banking shifting from Switzerland to Hong Kong and Singapore?

February 2, 2015

As the wealth of Asia-Pacific's high-net-worth individuals continues to swell, so too does the size and reputation of the region's private banking industry. This is leading to speculation about whether its two main hubs – Singapore and Hong Kong – may be growing to such status that one day they will replace Switzerland as the global private banking capital. 

SBI continues to blaze its UK trail

January 5, 2015

As his three-year term as State Bank of India's regional head for the UK draws to a close, Mrutyunjay Mahapatra talks to Stefania Palma about SBI's regional expansion, regulatory developments and the importance of emerging markets and their banks to the UK.

Asean crossed paths

The Asean Economic Community's many layers

January 5, 2015

Progress towards the integration of the economic community of the Association of South-east Asian Nations in 2015 has been impressive, but challenges remain as member countries attempt to bring together very different values. 

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Citi rides the Asian tiger

December 1, 2014

With global expansion focused on the Asia-Pacific region, Citi is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this growth, with its long presence in the region. Its chief executive in the region talks to Stefania Palma.

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Consolidation? Internationalisation? How to deal with Taiwan's excessive liquidity

November 19, 2014

Taiwan’s banks may have performed perfectly adequately in recent years, but now with increasing internationalisation, consolidation in the market and new tools for managing the country’s excess liquidity, the sector is poised for a hike in growth. 

Highs and lows in South Korea

Highs and lows in the South Korean banking sector

November 3, 2014

South Korea's banks have enjoyed mixed fortunes in 2014, a year that has seen high-profile scandals rock the country's largest lenders and in which innovative hybrid funding has characterised a spirit of innovation and growth among the country's small and regional players.

Hong Kong retains competitive advantage

Hong Kong retains competitive advantage

November 3, 2014

Hong Kong’s banks are unfazed by the student protests that have captured the world’s attention. Bankers remain upbeat about prospects for the continuing internationalisation of the renminbi, the maturing dim sum market and Hong Kong’s inclusion in China’s growth plans. 

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Why Hong Kong must fight for its democratic rights

October 27, 2014

Former chief secretary of Hong Kong, Anson Chan, tells Stefania Palma about the difficulties facing pan-democratic parties in Hong Kong, and defends the city-state's political protesters, saying that universal suffrage is long overdue.

The offshore renminbi bond market's road to sophistication

October 1, 2014

Despite the plunge in the value of the renminbi earlier this year and growing concerns over China's long-term growth, the offshore renminbi bond market shows no signs of slowing down. Issuance volumes continue increasing annually, but most importantly the market is becoming more sophisticated.

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