Asiamoney April 2017

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  • India’s Sovereign Upgrade Is Long Overdue

    The OECD’s arguments in favour of a higher credit rating are backed by many analysts – so when will the ratings agencies catch up?

  • Mixed signals from Singapore bank earnings

    Stressed situation in oil and gas exposures weigh on annual results, but CEOs hope to see a wealth management upside

  • RMB trade slump drives treasury sophistication

    The growth of renminbi trade has stalled, but it has forced a turning point in how corporates use the Chinese currency

  • Jin Liqun: China’s Internationalist

    It is a strange world when the most outward-looking financial institution is based in Beijing. Welcome to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, led by Jin Liqun. But can the rest of the world really accept the idea that this is an apolitical organization formed only for regional infrastructure?

  • Does Deutsche's Fightback Begin in Asia?

    Putting a career transaction banker in charge of Deutsche Bank’s business in Asia made some sort of statement. But of what, exactly? That Deutsche’s old markets powerhouse is no longer in the driving seat? Or that it can be a model for the revival of Deutsche globally?

  • Indian banks respond to Modi’s Demonetization Shock Therapy

    November 8, 2016, will go down in history as the day Donald Trump, a real estate mogul and reality TV host, was elected the 45th president of the United States and leader of the free world. But, in India, it marks a perhaps equally surreal event: demonetization. Can the scrapping of bank notes used in the bulk of the nation’s cash transactions finally catapult this long-time financial laggard into the 21st century?

  • It's a Woman's world

    If this was supposed to be the century of the woman, no one thought to tell the international banking community. One country alone has closed the gender gap, and it happens to be Asia’s fastest-growing large economy. Step forward India, where the top ranks of finance are filled with high-flying women

  • India’s stockbroking supremo

    Ashish Kumar Chauhan transformed Indian broking not once but twice, co-founding the National Stock Exchange before jumping ship and joining its rival, the Bombay Stock Exchange, which has just completed its IPO. What lies ahead as competition between the two exchanges intensifies?

  • Asiamoney Best Bank Awards 2017: INDIA

    INDIA

  • Myanmar Battles To Build A Banking System From Scratch

    A year after the country’s new government passed a financial institutions law to modernize a creaking banking system, Yangon’s licensed commercial bankers are still waiting for regulators to implement the reforms and make the system fit for purpose. In the meantime, savvy locals are trying to get on with building a banking industry

  • Myanmar’s Millennial Banker

    Myanmar’s elite are having to adapt to new realities. For Htoo Htet Tay Za, head of AGD Bank, that means trying to create a modern bank in a backward financial system while battling allegations of cronyism levelled against his family

  • Asiamoney Best Bank Awards 2017: MYANMAR

    MYANMAR

  • Bangladesh central bank spills the beans on banks’ dire debts

    It’s the unspoken secret of Bangladesh’s banking world. The true figures for bad loans make a juicy read for investors but are an embarrassment for many of the country’s banks. Do the authorities have the appetite to deal with the problem, now the central bank has revealed all?

  • Brac Bank returns to its roots

    A management shake-up and a renewed focus on financing small and medium-sized enterprises have boosted Brac Bank’s performance. But CEO Selim Hussain says he is nowhere near finished when it comes to unleashing the bank’s potential

  • Asiamoney Best Bank Awards 2017: BANGLADESH

    BANGLADESH

  • Sri Lanka splashes out on a luxury skyline

    It’s boom time in Colombo’s property market, eight years after the end of the civil war, as soaring towers transform the colonial-era city into a would-be south Asian Dubai. That’s the government’s plan, but who is going to pay for it, in an economy already deep in debt?

  • Sri Lanka’s Diaspora Shakes Up Colombo’s Fusty Financial Centre

    Private equity firms are bringing new money, international expertise and fresh ideas to Colombo, hoping to rejuvenate Sri Lanka’s investment scene

  • Asiamoney Best Bank Awards 2017: SRI LANKA

    SRI LANKA

  • Pakistan Points In The Right Direction

    Pakistan and its bankers have enjoyed a purple patch since 2013, when the IMF rescued the country from a near-death experience. There are encouraging signs of a sustainable period of growth, much of it being driven by investor demand. But, with elections looming, can the country continue to build on its hard-won gains?

  • Pakistan’s banks Profit From China’s Infrastructure Shortcut

    China and Pakistan like to describe their relationship as sweeter than honey and stronger than steel. As a huge China-backed project to overhaul Pakistan’s creaking infrastructure takes shape, Pakistani bankers are steeling themselves to discover just how sweet that Chinese investment might be

  • Asiamoney Best Bank Awards 2017: PAKISTAN

    PAKISTAN

  • China Private Banking Awards: Customers Drive China’s Wealth Managers To New Heights

    China’s private banking industry is growing in leaps and bounds. High and ultra-high net-worth mainland customers are increasingly mobile, demanding best-in-class service from their financial providers. Banks are adapting to the changing world, rolling out innovative and sophisticated services to their high-end clientele. In recognition of China’s advances in the field, Asiamoney is proud to announce the winners of its awards for best mainland private banks for 2016

  • China Deals And Investment Banks Of The Year 2016

    Last year was a watershed for Chinese investment banking, with firms from the mainland capturing a bigger share of business from across Asia as their international peers struggled to compete. In many cases, global banks were forced to rethink their business strategies in the region, including substantial jobs cuts. The shift was recognized across the industry as Chinese banks combined their balance sheets, strong onshore relationships and growing sophistication to work on the region’s juiciest deals. The standout deals reflect the internationalization of Chinese capital markets as cross-border activity picks up and assets classes such as green bonds and securitization become more widely accepted. The result is that bankers continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in Chinese capital markets. Landmarks in 2016 included the first green covered bond and Asia’s first mandatory exchangeable security, which was also the biggest equity-linked transaction globally since 2010. Meanwhile, the surge in cross-border M&A provided plenty of opportunity for lenders to fund acquisitions. Mainland banks are no longer confining themselves to their natural hunting ground of Greater China. With plans to expand operations into the rest of Asia, Europe and the United States, 2017 promises to be just as exciting. For more on these awards, visit globalcapital.com/asia

  • Country Risk Review: Singapore is safest

    The nation state is the safest in the world, according to Euromoney Country Risk, but its neighbour Malaysia is heading in the opposite direction. And, at last, it looks like it is India’s time to shine

  • Licence to raise questions

    The go-ahead given to JPMorgan and Citi in the Chinese bond markets this quarter look like progress, but need closer examination

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