Latest articles from Stefania Palma

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.

Land Bank of the Philippines gives finance a human face

Land Bank of the Philippines gives finance a human face

March 2, 2015

The Land Bank of the Philippines is working with small farmers and fishermen to promote inclusive growth and improve their quality of life, in even the most devastating of situations.

Land of opportunity

Why the Philippines is Asean's land of opportunity

March 2, 2015

A steady, sustainable growth story; an underbanked population; a key player in the Asean region; solid financial regulation; an embracing of PPPs to tackle huge infrastructure needs; and a nascent asset management industry. The Philippines is awash with opportunity for lenders, but who will take advantage? 

Amando Tetangco

Philippines CBG: unconventional and effective

February 23, 2015

Amando Tetangco, the governor of the Philippines' central bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, talks to Stefania Palma about how in a post-financial crisis, globalised world, conventional central banking is no longer enough.

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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