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The state of play: India’s banks in 2016

July 1, 2016

In the past 12 months, Indian banks have finally uncovered the full extent of their stressed assets. And for the first time, the Reserve Bank of India has given local lenders a framework to identify and deal with loans of concern. Rekha Gupta Menon explores how these stressed assets have hit Indian banks' profitability, and which lenders have performed better than others and why. 

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Channelling growth in Pakistan's banking sector

July 1, 2016

Pakistan's big five banks have largely enjoyed a prosperous past 12 months. However, as Edward Russell-Walling discovers, lower interest rates, a lack of credit being extended to the private sector and the rise of Islamic finance are causing the banks to reassess their strategies. 

Rajan departure undermines India’s outlook

July 1, 2016

Is this a case of a reformer making too many political enemies?

Top 1000 World Banks – Chinese banks go from strength to strength

June 29, 2016

Unprecedentedly, ICBC, China Construction Bank, Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China are all in the top five banks by Tier 1 capital worldwide. But the good news does not end there for Chinese banks, with many putting in a strong performance further down the ranking.

Top 1000 World Banks – A more positive picture for Japan's banks

June 29, 2016

Almost all the leading Japanese lenders have moved up the ranking thanks to strong growth in Tier 1 capital, while its three mega-banks continue to dominate the country ranking.

Top 1000 World Banks – Taiwan and India make their mark in Asia-Pacific

June 29, 2016

Australian banks maintain a firm grip on the top four places in the Asia-Pacific (excluding China and Japan) rankings, while new entrants from Taiwan and climbers from India make their mark.

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Chinese banks make retail push

June 16, 2016

As China’s economy slows and corporate debt swells, the country’s banks are turning to retail as a new source of growth. Who is jumping on the bandwagon, and how will banks tap into China’s enormous mass market? Stefania Palma reports.

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Myanmar’s fledgling banking system braces for fintech

June 10, 2016

Myanmar is on the cusp of a mobile and financial technology revolution. How can emerging local banks harness this development? And is the rise of fintech an opportunity or a challenge? Peter Janssen reports.

Jose Maria Ricciardi

BESI finds a new lease of life under Haitong Securities

June 1, 2016

The former head of Banco Espírito Santo’s investment arm, José Maria Ricciardi, talks to Stefania Palma about the parent bank’s turbulent last days and how he hopes to exploit its established European network in his new position as the chief executive of Haitong Bank.

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Sri Lanka finance minister bemoans hurdles hindering clean-up job

June 1, 2016

Sri Lanka's new finance minister, Ravi Karunanayake, tells Stefania Palma that his attempts to improve the country's economic fundamentals are being hampered by legacies from the previous government, an unco-operative IMF and an international wall of silence when it comes to corruption investigations.

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