Sopnendu Mohanty teaser

Monetary Authority of Singapore fintech chief seeks perfect balance

November 1, 2017

Singapore’s central bank and financial authority, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, must balance fintech disruption with a safe regulatory environment. Chief fintech officer Sopnendu Mohanty talks to Joy Macknight about walking the tightrope to innovation.

Ant Financial teaser

The march of Ant Financial

October 2, 2017

Chris Skinner was invited to join Alibaba’s annual Netrepeneurs conference in Hangzhou, China, for star sellers on Alibaba’s Taobao platform. He reports on Ant Financial, the Alibaba spin-off that operates mobile payments app Alipay.

Charoen Pokphand Foods teaser

Thai corporates spread their wings

October 2, 2017

Ever since the Asian financial crisis in 1997, Thai companies have been steadily expanding abroad. They have been helped in no small part by their easy access to the capital markets, though often with a reliance on the large multi-national banks as opposed to their domestic counterparts. Peter Janssen reports.

Hojune Chang teaser

Citi expansion aims to energise South Korean wealth management

October 2, 2017

Citibank’s ambitious plans for the South Korean market and a boom in fintech are invigorating the country’s wealth management sector, despite rising tensions with North Korea. Elliot Smither reports.

Korea Stock Exchange teaser

Conflict? Scandal? South Korean investors carry on regardless

October 2, 2017

South Korea’s capital markets are thriving despite threats of aggression from North Korea, as well as business and political scandals at home, writes Michael Imeson.

Small firms go global teaser

Is technology enough to plug the SME financing gap?

October 2, 2017

Technology is revolutionising trade finance while facilitating lending to small businesses by tech giants such as PayPal, Amazon and Alibaba. But is this enough to fill the $1500bn global trade finance gap? Stefania Palma investigates.

Zeti Akhtar Aziz teaser

Zeti Akhtar Aziz: why Asia will be ready for the next crisis

September 1, 2017

The former governor of Malaysia’s central bank underlines the need to build resilience to manage future shocks to the global financial system, highlighting Asia’s comprehensive policy response after the 1997 financial crisis.

Lagarde Lipton teaser

From fiscal discipline to capacity development: the future of the IMF

September 1, 2017

Stefania Palma talks to the International Monetary Fund’s senior management, including managing director Christine Lagarde, about its latest programmes and future direction.

Jiri Smejc teaser

Czech consumer lender Home Credit spreads its wings

August 1, 2017

Jiri Smejc, chief executive of Czech lender Home Credit, tells Stefanie Linhardt why China represents a vital step outside its central European comfort zone.

China outward M&A teaser

Chinese outbound M&A: what comes after the boom?

August 1, 2017

Chinese outbound M&A boomed in 2016, but then macroeconomic imbalances and a growth in potentially speculative investment sparked regulatory tightening to contain flows. So how is the market faring in 2017? Stefania Palma investigates.

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