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Indonesia and Philippines make headway

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2015: Indonesia and Philippines make headway

April 1, 2015

There might not be much movement among the top positions in this year’s Top 100 Association of South-East Asian Nations Banks ranking, but Filipino lenders are on the rise, while Indonesia’s banks boast the highest returns. 

Prasarn Trairatvorakul

Thailand’s CBG seeks greater banking depth and breadth

April 1, 2015

The governor of the Bank of Thailand, Prasarn Trairatvorakul, has seen the country's banking sector show remarkable resilience over the past few years. However, he is now looking for its lenders to expand their services into neighbouring countries, as well as offer more sophisticated products at home.

BAAC sets seed funding example

BAAC sets seed funding example

February 2, 2015

Thailand's government-controlled Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives has long been used as a tool for the country's government to grow and support the agriculture sector, and its success has seen the model replicated in Myanmar. 

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ makes Thai powerplay

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ makes Thai powerplay

October 1, 2014

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ's purchase of Thailand-based Bank of Ayudhya last year was indicative of the wealth of opportunities opening up in the south-east Asian economy.

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

April 1, 2014

The Greater Mekong Delta sub-region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam has been posting stellar growth figures in recent years, and looks set to continue this trend. However, each country within the region has its own social, political and economic hurdles to overcome. Stefania Palma reports.

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

April 1, 2014

The relatively small economies of Vietnam and Cambodia are punching above their weight in terms of growth in The Banker’s latest Association of South-east Asian Nations ranking. Meanwhile, Singapore’s banks retain their dominance in the ranking in terms of Tier 1 capital. 

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The struggle to find the right Islamic banking model

November 7, 2012

The steady growth of sharia-compliant assets suggests banks believe in the future of the sector, but the dismantling of the largest cross-border Islamic window raises questions about whether global banking groups can make a success of the business.

Asean over 20 years

Asean over 20 years: Indonesia's triumph over adversity

November 1, 2012

Indonesia's banks suffered heavy setbacks during the 1998 Asian financial crisis, but in the 20 years since, the country's recovery has seen its banking sector outperform the rest of the Association of South-east Asian Nations region.

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The domestic route to Thailand's transformation

September 3, 2012

Thailand can no longer rely upon its exports or low labour costs to give it an edge in international markets. Instead, it must rebalance its economy to be more demand driven, and to have a greater domestic focus, something the Bank of Thailand is keen to help the country achieve.

TEASER-After the floods: Thailand plays catch-up

After the floods: Thailand plays catch-up

July 2, 2012

Devastating floods and political instability saw Thailand's economy grind to a halt in late 2011. However, the country's banks have emerged relatively unscathed, and with its economy now growing at a good pace, the country is looking forward to experiencing good times similar to those that its south-east Asian neighbours have enjoyed.

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