China Agri teaser

China's largest lenders shrug off regulatory and trade obstacles

July 4, 2018

How are Chinese banks reacting to sustained regulatory tightening and potential new risks such as household debt growth and the Sino-US trade dispute? Stefania Palma reports.

China steel teaser

Can anything derail China's economic growth?

July 4, 2018

A downturn in China's economic growth has been 'imminent' for much of the past decade, according to many experts. However, the country keeps on posting impressive figures. Peter McGill looks at the possible impact of its current challenges, including US tariffs, ballooning debt and shadow banking.

Kotak teaser

How can India's banks return to health?

July 4, 2018

The poor results of India's private and public banks for financial year 2018 revealed a number of key concerns, but opinions differ on how to restore order. Rekha Menon reports.

Thailand teaser

Thailand looks to new frontier of neighbouring CLMV markets

July 4, 2018

The economic growth in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam has not escaped the attention of Thai politicians and finance professionals. They are now working to make the most of the opportunities for Thai banks, companies and the stock exchange in the CLMV region. Peter Janssen reports.

HBL teaser

Can rate rises help Pakistan’s beleaguered banks?

July 4, 2018

Problems at Pakistan’s banks, including fines and falling profits, have seen foreign investors head for the exit. Could interest from China and a growing Islamic finance sector improve their prospects? Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Pakistan economy teaser

Pakistan's tax and corruption problems persist

July 4, 2018

Pakistan has enjoyed some economic growth, largely on the back of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, while security has improved and more reliable power supply should aid investment. But the deep-seated problems of tax avoidance and corruption persist. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Tariq Bajwa teaser

CBG confident Pakistan can ride out storm

July 4, 2018

Pakistan’s central bank governor, Tariq Bajwa, remains sanguine about the country’s prospects in the face of rising inflation and trade deficits, and appears unfazed at the possibility of an IMF bailout. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Ant Finance teaser

Will Ant deal boost Pakistan's microfinance sector?

July 4, 2018

Small businesses are underserved in Pakistan but Telenor Microfinance Bank is hoping a deal with Chinese fintech giant Ant Financial will increase their access to electronic banking and help push up microfinance lending. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Canara teaser

The state of play: India’s banks in 2018

July 2, 2018

State Bank of India is the country's leading state bank, while HDFC Bank is the leading private sector lender. Rekha Menon profiles the top five banks in each field to assess how they are operating within this notoriously difficult but potentially lucrative market.

Myanmar teaser

Banks wait on Myanmar reforms

June 1, 2018

Stung by a financial crisis in 2003, Myanmar has since taken a strict line on fiscal prudence but now observers fear this is curbing growth. Banks, both domestic and foreign, are lobbying for reforms to relax the rules on lending, as Peter Janssen reports.

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