Philippine banks ramp up impairment provisions

October 18, 2021

Leading banks significantly increased loan impairment provisions last year, ahead of a projected rise in bad loans this year. 

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Pandemic pauses financial services jobs boom in Vietnam

October 12, 2021

Riding on wings of strong economic growth, 6750 financial services and fintech jobs were created in Vietnam in 2018. However, momentum slowed in the past two years and has not yet recovered.

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Cambodia’s pre-pandemic boom drives banks’ total assets

October 11, 2021

The south-east Asian country was one of the fastest-growing economies in the world prior to Covid-19.

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Evergrande building

What risks does Evergrande pose for China's banking sector?

October 9, 2021

As the debt-laden Chinese developer stands on the brink of collapse, the fallout poses risks across the financial system.

Hong Kong markets and charts

Regulatory fears hit Hong Kong's stock market

October 6, 2021

The Hang Seng Index has been the worst-performing stock market in Asia this year amid concerns over anti-sanctions law.

Vietnamese banking sector's decade of expansion

October 4, 2021

In 2011 Vietnam had just eight banks in The Banker’s Top 1000 World Banks ranking; this has doubled to 16 in 2021.

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Rate challenges squeeze interest income at Bangladeshi banks

October 1, 2021

Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh saw net interest income decline 12% year-on-year to $179m in 2020.

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NPLs rising at Indonesian banks amid pandemic

September 30, 2021

Bank Negara Indonesia saw its non-performing loan ratio increase from 2.3% in 2019 to 4.2% last year.

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ROA holds up at Brunei banks despite pandemic

September 29, 2021

The recent rise in the oil price bodes well for the country’s financial sector.

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asia fintechs

Fintechs look beyond unicorn status

September 27, 2021

A whole industry has been built around helping Asian fintech start-ups achieve a $1bn valuation.

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