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Pakistan central bank chief looks to maintain rupee strength

July 3, 2017

Riaz Riazuddin, Pakistan’s acting central bank chief, tells Edward Russell-Walling how it will target inflation and why he disagrees with the IMF suggestion that the country’s strong currency should be allowed to weaken in the face of a deficit.

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Retrieving Pakistan's lost emerging market status

July 3, 2017

Following the 2008 global financial crisis, Pakistan Stock Exchange former managing director Nadeem Naqvi was recruited to steer a course via consolidation and regulation of the regional exchanges, and regain emerging market status for the PSE and oversee its listing. Edward Russell-Walling reports. 

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Pakistan banks branch out to fight drop in profits

July 3, 2017

While relatively healthy, Pakistan’s banks are looking for ways to diversify in a bid to boost profits. These include digital branches, non-branch banking and more innovative lending, reports Edward Russell-Walling.

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Can Pakistan hold its nerve and sustain economic growth?

July 3, 2017

Pakistan’s GDP growth is up, its budget deficit is down and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor promises to bring with it major investment. But observers are warning against government complacency as its privatisation programme stalls and power debts remain unpaid. 

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The state of play: India’s banks in 2017

July 3, 2017

In the past two years, recognising and resolving non-performing assets has become a central issue in the Indian banking sector, as the Reserve Bank of India pushed domestic lenders to unveil the full extent of their bad loans. Rekha Gupta Menon explores the impact this has had on the country's banks.

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Western banks take retail route into emerging Asia

July 3, 2017

Developed market banks tend not to favour retail as a way to move into emerging markets. But, as several have found, catering for smaller businesses and individuals is a good way to establish a foothold before expanding into Asia’s developing regions. Peter Janssen reports.

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Cautious Chinese banks navigate uncertain market

July 3, 2017

China’s banking sector is proving hard to navigate in 2017. The economy is slowing, net interest margins have dropped and banking regulators are cracking down on financial malpractice. Stefania Palma assesses how the country's banks are faring in this challenging environment.

US Treasury plots Dodd-Frank reforms

July 3, 2017

Some policy experts were pleasantly surprised with the US Treasury’s proposals to reform Dodd-Frank, considering them to be thoughtful, and are billing them as a likely road map for the future of the US financial system. By Justin Pugsley.

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Will regulatory crackdown see China emerge from the shadows?

July 3, 2017

Chinese regulators have tightened their grip on the banking sector in an effort to control financial risk, the country’s ballooning shadow banking sector and excessive debt load. Which banks stand a better chance of meeting these tougher requirements? Stefania Palma reports.

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How the ESM fights fires in the eurozone

June 1, 2017

As managing director of the European Stability Mechanism, Klaus Regling has overseen the bulk of financial assistance provided to ailing eurozone countries throughout the sovereign debt crisis. He talks to Danielle Myles about Greece, the health of the EU’s banking sector and the future of the monetary union.

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