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Malaysia is ramping up its capital markets

Regulation and risk environment key to Malaysia's growth

June 1, 2011

Malaysia has ambitious plans to reposition itself as an international finance centre, but, growth must occur in a well-regulated environment with minimal risks.

Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of Thailand's central bank

Q&A: Prasarn Trairatvorakul on raising rates and a rising baht

January 31, 2011

The governor of Thailand's central bank has had an eventful first few months in the role, including raising the Bank of Thailand's benchmark rates by 25 basis points and having to closely monitor the baht.

Bank of Ayudhya has benefited from the input of GE Capital, which owns 33% of Thailand's fifth largest bank by asset size

Thai banks perform well amid upheaval

January 31, 2011

Amid riots and concerns over more upheaval, Thailand's banks enjoyed a prosperous 2010. While the country's dependence on exports leaves it at the mercy of US and Chinese economic policies, major players in Thailand seem well prepared to cope with any slowdown.

Thai banks caught in global crosswinds

June 4, 2009

Although Thailand has managed to avoid much of the turmoil embroiling Western banks, the government is taking preventative action to ensure that its export and loan markets are not damaged by the slump in global demand. Writer Simon Montlake in Bangkok

Korn Chatikavanij

April 7, 2009

Thailand is suffering tumbling export receipts and a decline in business confidence and investment. Its recently installed minister of finance discusses how he plans to get the country through the crisis. Writer Simon Montlake

Indonesia mines a rich seam

September 1, 2008

Banks in Indonesia are looking to commodity plays as inflation hinders growth in the region. Writer Simon Montlake in Jakarta.

Foreign banks go bargain hunting

November 5, 2007

As Thailand prepares for elections, foreign banks are looking around for openings in a market with room for growth. Simon Montlake reports from Bangkok.

AsiaNs must act in unison

September 3, 2007

Chalongphob Sussangkarn took over as Thailand’s minister of finance in March, following the resignation of his predecessor Pridiyathorn Devakula. A former president of independent economic think-tank the Thailand Development Research Institute, he is a key player in the interim government that was installed last year after a military coup. He spoke to Simon Montlake in Bangkok.

Harsh lessons learned amid economic uncertainty

May 7, 2007

Thailand seemed to be ushering in a golden age of financial security, until high-level political scandal and terrorist attacks sent its fragile economy crashing back down to earth. Simon Montlake reports.

Technocrats target banking reform

January 8, 2007

A measured optimism is taking hold in the post-coup environment, as bankers expect new regulations and heightened competition. Simon Montlake reports from Bangkok.

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