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Can Nepal wean itself off remittance reliance?

November 1, 2016

Hit by an earthquake and trade blockade with India, Nepal has endured a tough few years. However, despite these events its banks have remained profitable, though much of this is explained by what many deem to be an over-reliance on remittances. Peter Janssen reports.

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Postal Savings Bank of China looks to overseas investment with jumbo IPO

November 1, 2016

Postal Savings Bank of China has thrown its doors open to global investors with a jumbo Hong Kong IPO. While the share price has not moved much since the deal closed, the Hong Kong listing offers long-term benefits to the lender, which is eyeing potential business overseas. Stefania Palma reports.

Post-Brexit lessons from Switzerland

What can a post-Brexit UK can learn from Switzerland?

November 1, 2016

At Sibos 2016 in late September, The Banker chaired a frank discussion of the challenges and options faced by the UK as it prepares to leave the EU, and whether it could take a leaf from the Swiss book. Dan Barnes reports.

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Are robots taking over wealth management?

November 1, 2016

The arrival of online robo-advisers – providers of automated, algorithm-based financial advice – is fuelling debate among wealth managers and regulators on their benefits and risks. Is robo-advice a great innovation to fill the advice gap, or an overly optimistic and unsustainable business model? Silvia Pavoni reports.

France takes lead in unbundling debate on research

October 24, 2016

The unbundling of research from trading commissions represents a major change in the way banks and brokerages produce analysis for their clients and the French supervisor has taken a lead in this debate by appealing for a level playing field and an end to ‘gold-plating’. By Justin Pugsley.

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Mongolia's flat economy leaves stock exchange in sleep mode

October 3, 2016

As Mongolia's economy slows, the chief executive of its stock market, Bolor Munkhsaikhan, tells Stefania Palma about efforts to deepen local capital markets to help hedge against a volatile currency and to diversify corporate borrowing away from bank loans.

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Agricultural Bank of China chairman takes rural route

October 3, 2016

Agricultural Bank of China has an impressive record when it comes to serving the country's rural areas. Newly appointed chairman Zhou Mubing tells Stefania Palma why the bank is committed to building its reach within the 'sannong' areas.

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South Korea moves to reinvigorate limp markets

October 3, 2016

South Korea’s sound but stagnant capital markets are failing to attract investors. With the main index in the doldrums, the government is now intervening with revitalisation measures such as the launch of a new over-the-counter market. Michael Imeson reports.

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Mongolia's banks stand strong amid economic turmoil

October 3, 2016

Mongolia's floundering economy is hitting the country's banks' growth, profits and asset quality. However, unlike previous such crises the lenders are coping well thanks in no small part to their impressive capitalisation. Stefania Palma reports.

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Can Mongolia break out of its boom and bust cycle?

October 3, 2016

While it appears likely that Mongolia will need another IMF bailout, hopes are high that the newly elected MPP government's austerity package could introduce the transparency and fiscal reforms necessary to stabilise the economy for good. Stefania Palma reports.

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