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Asia Pacific Leaders in Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking Directory 2017/18

New players and technologies continue to drive change in the transaction banking space in Asia Pacific, causing incumbent banks to focus more on improving customer experience and reviewing existing business models. In this 2017/18 edition of the Asia Pacific Leaders in Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking Directory, we are pleased to update this comprehensive guide to leading institutions and practitioners in the region, who are shaping their businesses on the regional and global fronts.

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Issue: 149
The Asian Banker 500 2017-2018 Edition

The Asian Banker 500 is the financial services industry's most comprehensive annual evaluation of the strength, quality and sustainability of the balance sheets of banks in Asia Pacific. Despite the strength of their balance sheets, banks in the region continue to face massive challenges in growing profits, a conundrum created by modern capital rules. In this issue, we also speak to Renu Satti, CEO of Paytm Payments Bank, a new generation bank in India that espouses value creation by focusing on solving problems that the customer faces and designing products and services with “extreme customer focus”.


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Issue: 148
The Future Faces of Finance?

In this issue, we profile the winners of The Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Awards, a programme that we run once every three years, as well as the first Innovation Leadership awards. We turn our attention to the new breed of young leaders who are navigating the less chartered waters of financial inclusion through technology and the power of the network in the new digital economy. This issue also includes proceeding reports from The Future of Finance Summit 2017.


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Issue: 147
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2017

This year's Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards programme marks the start of the transition that the industry is making from the traditional business and operating model to a digital and network-enabled customer centric proposition and documents how emerging best practice and performance in this new evolving landscape will need to be re-defined and measured


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Issue: 146
Blockchain - Moving from hype to reality

In this issue, dedicated to the Future of Finance Summit, we cast our eyes over some of the key transformative topics that are shaping the industry’s prospects. We start with an update on blockchain or distributed ledger technology, followed by interviews with Vladislav Solodkiy, founder and managing partner of Life.SREDA, a leading venture capital firm with a remarkable portfolio comprising challenger banks such as Moven, Simple and Fidor; former US congressman Barney Frank, the joint architect of the Dodd-Frank Act, on his views on the prospective wave of deregulation that is sweeping through the banking industry in the US. And finally, we speak with the founders of two leading online marketplace lending institutions, Soul Htite of China-based Dianrong.com and Ron Suber of US-based Prosper Marketplace.


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Issue: 145
How robots are changing the face of banking

In this issue, we cast our eyes on one of the technologies that will transform the face of banking: artificial intelligence and robotics. Enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning, robots are potential game changers that can bring unique operational efficiencies to the financial services industry. See how the industry is witnessing an exponential growth in the use of robots that is rapidly moving beyond ‘early adoption’ to maturity in scale.


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Issue: 144
The Asia Pacific Banking Industry Outlook 2017

As Trump casts his long shadow over global trade, will his brazen style bring the world into a deeper economic quagmire?
The outlook for the banking industry in Asia Pacific will continue to be challenging, with conditions deteriorating from a year ago, exacerbated by increasing uncertainties over the global geopolitical landscape and the prospect of worsening trade relations between the world’s leading nations as a consequence of the election of the new US president Donald Trump.


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Issue: 143
RMB: A Bumpy road ahead

In this issue, we analyse the implications of RMB joining SDR and its effect on offshore renminbi centres around the world. We have also included our annual Global Offshore RMB Assets Ranking where we evaluate leading financial institutions and RMB-dominated businesses outside of China. The focus on International Financial Reporting Standards 9 (IFRS 9) points out the challenges that banks face to meet the January 2018 deadline and their approach in integrating risk and finance models to enable its successful adoption. We also look at how transaction banks are reviewing their value propositions in view of the difficult financial conditions that are disrupting their businesses.


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Issue: 142A
Asia Pacific Leaders in Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking Directory

The 2016 edition of the most comprehensive reference resource for leading practitioners in the financial institutions and transaction banking business.


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Issue: 142
The Asian Banker 500 2016-2017 Edition

The Asian Banker 500 rankings continue to evolve as the financial services industry's most comprehensive annual evaluation of the strength, quality and sustainability of the balance sheets of banks in the Asia Pacific. This year’s rankings include the biggest and strongest 100 banks in the Middle East and Africa.


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Issue: 141A
2016 Asia Pacific Leaders in Banking Technology

The 2016 edition of the most comprehensive reference resource for leading practitioners in banking technology


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Issue: 141
The search for leadership in challenging times

In this issue, we profile the winners of The Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Awards, a programme that we run once every three years. We turn our attention to leaders who not only run their individual banks exceptionally well but have made a real change to the countries they operate in. They have fought hard to support businesses that are close to the heart of their customers, building "flow business" as they follow customers' expansion across the region, diversifying their revenue sources as well as building new digital banking platforms. The overall impact has been on the real economy and they have worked hard to keep faith with their customer base. We also have a special report on the recently held annual Asian Banker Summit during which we explored the latest transformational issues that are shaping the future of finance, why and how the industry is looking at "Reinventing the banking model" and much more.


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Issue: 140
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2016

This year's Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards programme focuses on the deep transformation occurring in the industry from digitisation and financial technology (fintech) disruption. Explore how leading retail banks are responding to the evolving landscape.


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Issue: 139
The race to commercialisation

The attention that blockchain and distributed ledger technology has attracted from the global financial services industry has grown exponentially in recent times. As with all new and emerging technologies, there will be periods of development, prototyping, launches and failures before it matures and achieves full commercial implementation. Meanwhile, there will be losers and winners amongst those who will join the quest to make it a commercial reality. In this issue, we showcase 100 of the leading blockchain use cases and initiatives from around the world. We also feature an interview with US congressman Barney Frank, former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee on his views on the evolution of bank regulation and new order that is emerging in the banking and financial services world.


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Issue: 138
The Asia Pacific Banking Industry Outlook 2016

Will China have a hard landing?
As China’s GDP ground to its slowest pace in 25 years, there are genuine concerns about its impact on the region’s economies and financial markets. How will slower growth and the possibility of worsening corporate debt impact regional markets?


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Issue: 137B
A dynamic region in transition

The banking and financial services industry in the Middle East and Africa is being transformed by the growing trade and business flows between West and East as well as rising cross-border commerce. As countries in the region transition from emerging to more developed markets, there will be new opportunities for financial institutions to grow into regional and international leaders.


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Issue: 137A
RMB: The road gets steeper

It is clear that China's goal of becoming the world's largest economy by 2020 and the internationalisation of the RMB are two initiatives that are symbiotic in nature. With the recent IMF decision to include the currency in the SDR currency basket, what does the future hold for the RMB?


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Issue: 137
Cyber Crime: Mounting battle against the darknet

Today’s risk and compliance professionals are operating amid an evolving regulatory backdrop and dynamic threat landscape that require strengthened systems of internal control and oversight. While resources are being deployed to deter corporate misconduct, corruption, money laundering, terrorism financing, fraud and cyber-attacks, banks and corporates continue to fall behind in ensuring that their institutions have a holistic 360 degree view on financial crime.


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Issue: 136A
Asia Pacific Leaders in Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking Directory

The directory recognises men, women, and institutions who shape the world of transaction banking today. It also contains features, commentaries, and analyses that summarize the most pressing issues that the industry and key stakeholders face.


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Issue: 136
The Asian Banker 500 (2015-2016 Edition)

The Asian Banker 500 ranking continues to evolve as the financial services industry's most comprehensive annual evaluation of the strength, quality and sustainability of the balance sheets of banks in the Asia Pacific. This year we have also included the ranking of the biggest and strongest 100 banks in the Middle East and Africa.


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Issue: 135
An unbroken track record

In this issue, we profile the winners of Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Awards, people who run their banks exceptionally well and make a real change to the countries that they are operating in. We recognise the founding chairman of Malaysia’s Public Bank, Teh Hong Piow with the William “Bill” Seidman Lifetime Achievement award. The CEO of Thailand’s TMB Bank, Boontuck Wungchareon with the Best CEO of the Year and TMB Bank with the Best Managed Bank awards. And Joseph Huang, president of Taiwan’s E.SUN Bank and Amit Sethi, CIO of India’s Axis Bank, are Transaction Banker and CIO of the Year respectively.


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Issue: 134A
What makes the best retail bank?

From this year’s Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards programme, we have identified the top bank in each country that exemplified excellence and outstanding achievements in their retail banking businesses. These banks engender visionary leadership, long-term forward-looking strategy and excellent execution capabilities.


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Issue: 134
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2015

This year’s Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards programme has grown in coverage. The scope and scale of our coverage of the retail banking industry in the Middle East and Africa has evolved to such an extent that the award programme is attaining a truly global scale.


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Issue: 133A
2015 Asia Pacific Leaders in Banking Technology

Directory and Handbook - The comprehensive reference resource for leading practitioners in banking technology


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Issue: 133
What is driving the future of supply chains?

In this Asian Banker Summit edition that looks at “Retaking the Future of Finance”, we look at the role that regulators and governments play in securing the stability of the financial system post global financial crisis, as well as the future of the supply chain, an important driver of economic growth in Asia.


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Issue: 132
The Asia Pacific Banking Industry Outlook 2015

The Banking Industry Outlook 2015 shows that regional banks are shoring up their ability to diversify funding sources while mitigating potential liquidity mismatch for domestic and foreign currency liabilities as they build up their liquidity buffers.


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Issue: 131A
The best in Korea Retail Financial Services

This celebratory edition recognises the most important developments in the Korea financial services industry today. It showcases banks who have emerged with best practices and documents case studies on them that can become benchmarks for future decision-makers to draw upon. The programme is an annual recognition of the best banks in Korea across product lines and infrastructure capabilities.


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Issue: 131
Taking a tougher stance on financial crime

Financial crime is a hotbed topic covering a wide scope, with impact on multiple levels. They often result not only in tangible financial loss to financial institutions but deeper reputation damage. Banks in the Asia Pacific region have to take a more holistic approach to developing safeguards.


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Issue: 130
The Asian Banker 500

The Bank Watch List was introduced in last year’s Asian Banker 500 ranking to highlight the risks that some of the region’s fast-growing banks, especially those in China, pose to the financial system given a potential downturn in the credit cycle. In the last 12 months, China’s slowing economy and growing credit bubble have combined to bring the problem to the fore.

Find out more in this year's issue of AB500.


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Issue: 129
Chasing the digital dollar

Banks that have already leapt on the digital bandwagon finding out that the competition is intense, from both other banks and even non-banks with the latter turning out to be incredibly innovative. How can traditional FIs break out and ride this wave?


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Issue: 128
Who will our future leaders be?

In conjunction with our Leadership Achievement Awards Edition and the presentation of The Asian Banker Promising Young Banker Award for the Asia Pacific Region to Sandhya Devanathan (Managing Director & Head of Credit Cards and Unsecured Loans – Standard Chartered Bank Singapore), this special issue takes a look at the issue of leadership and how women are faring in this role.


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Issue: 127A
What makes the best retail bank?

In this year’s Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards programme, we identified the top bank in each country that performed with distinction to achieve exceptional success in their retail banking businesses. This special issue profiles eight outstanding examples of this year’s best retail banks, which are becoming more efficient and integrated in their operations, processes, technology and people management.


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Issue: 127
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2014

This special edition delivers detailed reports from the Excellence programme including proceedings from the Heads of Retail Financial Services meeting and the FutureBank Innovation Tour held in conjunction with the award ceremony which took place in Sydney, Australia. Details of the Excellence programme include the evaluation criteria and scorecards, and profiles of the winning organisations which can be used as benchmarks and best practices to track and reflect excellence in the retail financial services industry.


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Issue: 126
Wiring up regional financial markets

With cross-border integration promising a bigger marketplace for Southeast Asian companies, greater scale and proficiency is needed to compete on a global scale. Asean needs to be a more open marketplace and take to heart lessons that can be learnt from the EU, in order to compete with fast-growing economies like India and China. This issue explores the opportunities and challenges that accompany financial integration.


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Issue: 125
Domestic players take bigger share of wealth management

Local banks are getting a bigger slice of the wealth management business in the region. The robust pace and depth of economic development in Asia has led to the emergence of a new breed of wealthy and high net worth clients. While the fee potential from the wealth management business is attractive, it is also a notoriously expensive business to run. Banks will have to completely rethink their operating models.


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Issue: 124
The Asia Pacific Banking Industry Outlook 2014

Asia Pacific economies have undergone a transformation centred on a reorientation towards China and its increasingly domestic consumption-led growth. But fault lines in China’s burgeoning economy are starting to show. In 2014, the Asia Pacific banking industry will be dominated by the sustainability of G3 recovery as well as the concrete outcomes from financial and economic reforms taking place in the region even as growth looks set to moderate.


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Issue: 123A
Korean banks push the technology envelope

This edition profiles the winners of the inaugural Technology Implementation Awards Korea. It showcases leading technology innovations and important developments in the Korea financial services industry. The programme is an annual recognition of the best technology implementation projects and case-studies in the country.


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Issue: 123
Taking a higher profile at the board table

M&A deals in the Asia Pacific region may seem to be in a decline since 2011, yet what lies beneath is that the deals are not being closed as quickly as before partly due to limits national regulators are putting on the ownership of domestic banks by foreign banks. Beyond bank mergers, this issue also looks at the evolving role of the chief risk officer in influencing strategic business decisions and embedding a holistic risk culture in the organisation, and how banks in Asia are transforming their risk management practices to face a more demanding and intrusive regulatory environment.


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Issue: 122
The Asian Banker 500 (2013-2014 Edition)

Now into its 12th iteration, The Asian Banker 500 ranking continues to evolve as the financial services industry’s most comprehensive annual evaluation of the strength, quality and sustainability of the balance sheets of banks in the Asia Pacific. This year’s rankings again see Hong Kong banks coming out strong, with Singapore and Malaysian banks such as OCBC, UOB and Maybank also achieving big leaps forward.


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Issue: 121
The next frontier in payments

Today, the payments world stands at the cusp of another technological breakthrough with the advent ever-smarter mobile technology. These will have an exponential effect on the way we connect, interact and do our banking. In this issue, we look at initiatives around Asia Pacific that are positioning mobile-based payments as the next frontier that will make cashless peer-to-peer transactions a reality.


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Issue: 120
Delivering on their word

Many CEOs today are faced with the challenge of sustaining growth while at the same time having to deal with increasingly intrusive regulations, an unrelenting pace of competition as well as mounting pressure on margins. Don't miss this issue in order to find out how our recent survey of CEO remuneration shows that the best performing banks in the region are run by CEOs whose remuneration is largely based on the ability to meet the performance targets set by their boards.


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Issue: 119A
Celebrating the Best Retail Banks in 2013/2014

In this year’s Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards programme, we identified the top bank in each country that performed with distinction to achieve exceptional success in their retail banking businesses. This special issue profiles six outstanding examples of this year’s best retail banks, which are becoming more efficient and integrated in their operations, processes, technology and people management.


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Issue: 119
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2013

This issue is dedicated to showcasing the outcome of the Excellence programme, including proceedings from the Heads of Retail Financial Services meeting and Excellence conference held in conjunction with the award ceremony which took place in Seoul, South Korea from March 20th to 22nd 2013. Read to find complete details of the award programme, including the evaluation criteria and scorecards, profiles of winning organisations and best practices that aim to track and reflect excellence in the retail financial services industry.


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Issue: 118
Towards Regional Financial Integration

Intra-regional trade and business flows have been growing at a tremendous pace in Asia, yet this has not made the region immune to the effects of global economic and regulatory changes. Asian banks in particular will have to confront new capital and liquidity standards that will increase the cost of doing business. These are some of the challenges that senior bank executives will be confronting at the Asian Banker Summit 2013 (the Summit) held in Jakarta, Indonesia from April 23 to 25, which focuses on the prospects of increased regional integration


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Issue: 117
Redefining the management of wealth

Asian Banker Research found more than one-third of IT projects carried out were aimed at improving customer experience, as banks begin to realise that real differentiation in the marketplace is driven by how well customers feel they are treated. The triumvirate of competition, regulation and customer expectation is moving them to adopt more customer-centric operating models - and technology and innovation become key to improving customer experience.


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Issue: 116
The Asia Pacific Banking Industry Outlook 2013

Despite 2012 being rocky for the global financial services industry, Asia Pacific banks weathered the storm well, chalking up impressive growth. Can they sustain the momentum in 2013? In this issue, Manu Bhaskaran, one of Asia's most respected economists shares his perspective on the challenges facing the region today as we turn the spotlight on key themes that provide opportunities for growth as well as highlight areas that continue to be sources of risks and challenges.


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Issue: 115
Off the mark

In a recent survey conducted by The Asian Banker, close to 70% of respondents indicated less than desirable levels of integration between risk and finance functions in their organisations. Despite regulatory pressure, many banks have not embraced the mind-set change required for a more holistic risk management framework. The Risk Management Special Report looks at the best practices and achievements of five banks and delves into the challenges they faced in implementing their risk management solutions as well as the benefits they were able to gain as a result.


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Issue: 114
Asset growth doubles

In this issue, we look at the Top 500 largest and strongest banks in the Asia Pacific region, examining the unique and best-in-class approach to determining bank strength and profile banking systems across 14 countries. The strength of Asian banks, including a few of the smaller banks in the Top 20, continues to be underpinned by solid lines of business growth and profitability, strong financial bases and sound risk management practices, as reflected in their officially published financial numbers.


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Issue: 113
Negotiating the "new normal"

Domestic banks in the Asia Pacific region have grown their transaction banking business rapidly, averaging 34% YoY growth in 2011 and are starting to reap the fruits of their labour. With this issue, The Asian Banker presents a special report featuring the results of a Transaction Banking Satisfaction Survey conducted among leading international and domestic banks.


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Issue: 112
Banking innovation

Pioneering efforts by innovators in banking have created quite a buzz over the last few years, but efforts have not yet yielded clear ROI benefits. Within the industry there is a widely held belief that banks from developed economies tend to be more strategic innovators while banks in Asia prefer to follow an incremental approach. What is hindering Asian banks?


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Issue: 111
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2012

Issues of sovereign debt, currency revaluations and trading losses continue to dog the global economy while many banks continue to re-focus on the basics of retail banking services. The result has been a surge in modern channels of retail, such as mobile and internet banking. We've also seen an increased focus on wealth management and private banking due to the tremendous growth in the number of high net worth individuals in Asia. In all roles, technology seems to be playing a key role as financial institutions strive to provide better, more efficient services, at lower cost.


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Issue: 2012
Special Edition: Asia's Best Banks And Their Success Mantra

Asia's best banks and their success mantra With the current global financial crisis having far-reaching effects, renewed interest has been shown on how banks evolve and re-build trust with their customers. The Asian Banker's Excellence in Retail Financial Services Programme embarked on a journey to unravel the success stories of 2011 and present them to our customers. This special edition of our publication is dedicated to bringing to life these very stories, as well as the faces and initiatives behind them.


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Issue: 110
Emilio Botin and the mechanics of an entrepreneur-run bank

Grupo Santander shares information on the path towards growing a bank globally – Find out the lessons Asian Banks can learn. Discover how emerging markets drive Egypt’s economy, and China’s off-balance sheet loans surge. Pick up on lessons learnt from the MF Global disaster, and how Asian markets will fare in the face of decreased EU lending. Asian Banker Research also presents its outlook on the Asia Pacific region for 2012. All this and more in the latest issue of The Asian Banker Journal.


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Issue: 109
Liquidity surges 22%

Our list of the 500 largest banks in the region, ranked first by asset size and then according to our updated strength ranking; with 14 country capsules, our report on renminbi internationalisation, and a report on the challenges the region’s international businesses are facing in the face of global business volatility.


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Issue: 108
Bracing for global headwinds

Asia feels Europe's pain as the debt crisis that is spreading its rot there makes itself felt globally, impacting liquidity and confidence and triggering what might may be a new crisis; The Asian Banker's annual dividend report, an inspection of IT system, data and channel challenges, and an interview with Gulf Bank CEO Michel Accad.


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Issue: 107
Children from the crisis years

This year’s Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Awards recognises the region’s top banks, bankers, risk managers and regulators, as well as the promising young bankers from around the region that will form the next generation of bank leadership.


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Issue: 106
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2011

The results of our retail banking awards, with 23 country capsules, breakdowns of regional and global best practices along product lines, and a profile on Retail Banker of the Year Jonathan Larsen, regional head of retail banking at Citibank in Asia Pacific.


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Issue: 105
The List of Leading Practitioners

The List of Leading Practitioners issue, carrying profiles of the top bankers in eight categories: industry stalwarts, bank heads, regional heads of large banks, and industry regulators, as well as business and operational heads in the banks, covering transactional and retail banking, and risk management and IT and operations.


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Issue: 104
Chinese banks battling overseas challenge

As their clients globalise, Chinese banks struggle for transaction banking capacity; banks are finding business drivers to push an integrated approach for risk management; an interview with DBS CEO Piyush Gupta on starting to see successes in rebuilding his institution one year into the job.


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Issue: 103
Innovation key to sustainable growth

Featuring an 8-page research note on the online payments model of Japan's Rakuten Bank, our assessment of innovation drivers in retail financial services, and exclusive data on e-commerce in the Asia Pacific region.


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Issue: 102
Basel III taking trade into the unknown

Global transaction banking heads express their concerns over impact of Basel III; we present our scorecard for evaluating bank supervisors; JCB International CEO Sannomiya Koremitsu; Interview with HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, chairman of Emirates NBD, on the Dubai World fallout and Asia expansion.


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Issue: 101
The Asian Banker 500

Our list of the 500 largest banks by assets and the 500 strongest banks in the region; with 14 country capsules and an interview with SBI chairman OP Bhatt.


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Issue: 100
The Asian Banker Summit

Featuring the proceedings of the 11th Asian Banker Summit in Singapore, a retrospect of the significant speakers and guests from the past Summits, the Leadership Dialogue attended by the industry’s key thinkers and the award ceremonies that featured industry benchmark projects.


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Issue: 99
Vindicated

Our Asian Banker Leadership Achievement and Strongest Banks Awards edition, celebrating the best bankers, regulators and institutions to emerge from the financial crisis.


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Issue: 98
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2010

The results of our retail banking awards, with 23 country capsules and profile on Retail Banker of the Year Lee Baek-Soon of Korea's Shinhan Bank.


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Issue: 97
Global Fls on the defensive

Local banks and corporates are pushing for innovation and diversification from the global giants, Asian banks aren't too worried about capital changes from upcoming Basel III regulations, and Jiang Jianqing, chairman of ICBC, discusses his 30 year plan.


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Issue: 96
Banks missing out on social media

Banks are failing in their use of social media; local and regional banks are feeling the pinch from the crisis; an interview with Bank of the Philippine Islands CEO Aurelio Montinola III on how he improved the bank’s cross-sell to a growing customer base.


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Issue: 95
Asia's top banks for investors

Our list of Asia’s best banks for investors with a focus on total shareholder return; banks are learning to cope with new investor priorities; interview with Bank of East Asia CEO David Li on the lessons from the bank run and his bank’s expansion strategy


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Issue: 94
The Asia Pacific Banking Industry Outlook Report 2010

This year’s banking industry outlook report highlights the need to mobilise capital to chase consolidation and regionalisation; the second decade of Asia’s century will start with major changes as domestic banks aim for a regional footprint; with 17 country capsules.


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Issue: 93
The 2009 CEO compensation report

Performance-based pay growing in importance for Asia's 50 best-paid CEOs; as the search for a proper balance of risk and reward as a growing concern, some of the answers may be found at Asia Pacific banks; with the list for the biggest and strongest banks in the Middle East


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Issue: 92
The Asian Banker 300 2009-2010 Edition

Our list of the 300 largest banks by assets and the 300 strongest banks in the region; with 10 country capsules.


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Issue: 91
Global bank chairmen react to financial crisis

The chairmen of three of the world’s largest banks talk to us about their post-crisis strategies; HSBC’s Green expects the global bank to be more Asia emerging markets-focussed, BBVA’s Gonzalez reflects on lessons learned from victory and defeat, while Wells Fargo’s Kovacevich speaks about the merger with Wachovia.


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Issue: 90
the 2009 Leadership Achievement Awards Edition

Featuring the winners of our 2009 Leadership Achievement Awards; this year’s programme honours leadership, innovation and excellence in a time when these were needed the most; including the Lifetime Achievement Awardee, UOB chairman Wee Cho Yaw.


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Issue: 89
Chinese lenders face big risks at home and overseas

Chinese lenders face big risks at home and overseas even as they are poised to produce the next global banks; interview with Xiang Junbo chairman of Agricultural Bank of China as it awaits its IPO; featuring a special report on cash, treasury and trade.


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Issue: 88
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2009

The results of our retail banking awards, with 22 country capsules and profile on Retail Banker of the Year Ma Weihua of China Merchants Bank.


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Issue: 87
Crumbling capital

While there is no cure for core capital shortages, high-yielding preferred shares are gaining popularity with investors; interview with China Construction Bank chairman Guo Shuqing on how CCB is addressing the challenges from the crisis and meeting regulatory requirements.


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Issue: 86
Back to basics

Banks in the region are simplifying their product offerings in order to rebuild profitability in a global downturn; interview with Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority chairman and CEO Phillip Thorpe on his role to integrate the QFCRA with Qatar’s central bank and securities regulator.


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Issue: 85
the Asia Pacific Banking Industry Outlook Report 2009

This year’s banking industry outlook report highlights the unique challenges to each country from the global crisis; deteriorating asset quality will be the biggest headache for banks moving forward; with 17 country capsules.


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Issue: 84
Are regulators passing the test?

We assess how the reforms from the previous Asian crisis is holding up in today's turmoil; interview with the chairman of Vietcombank Nguyen Hoe Binh on the bank's attempts to increase and diversify the sources of income.


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Issue: 83
Where do we go from here?

We discuss four key factors that will determine how banks can survive the current crisis; includes a special report on Islamic treasury management; interview with the president of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group on the bank's global strategy.


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Issue: 82
The Asian Banker 300 2008-2009 Edition

Our list of the 300 largest banks by assets and the 300 strongest banks in the region; with 12 country capsules.


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Issue: 81
The competition for deposits heats up

As competition heats up, hiking rates is not the only strategy in the battle for retail deposits; interview with Bangkok Bank president Cahrtsiri Sophonpanich on the importance of investing in people and processes to cater to domestic and international customers.


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Issue: 80
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2008

The results of our retail banking awards, with 24 country capsules and profile on Retail Banker of the Year Edmund Koh of DBS.


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Issue: 79
Struggling with fair value

We review the current struggle with fair value accounting and whether current valuation models are problematic; interview with VietinBank chairman Pham Huy Hung on the bank's plans to raise capital and adopt ISO standards.


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Issue: 78
In search of the next generation

In this year's Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Awards we list the promising young bankers from various institutions; featuring industry achievement winners and young leaders from 17 countries.


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Issue: 77
Bad business judgements made

US Senator Paul Sarbanes, co-author of the Sarabanes-Oxley Act, speaks out on regulation and the subprime crisis; interview with HSBC Asia CEO Sandy Flockhart on his strategy to drive business in the East as the bank's US franchise struggles.


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Issue: 76
Islamic Banking taking shape

Our ranking of the world's 100 largest Islamic banks; interview with Philippine central bank governor Amando Tetangco on the opportunities and challenges of a strengthening peso.


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Issue: 75
the Asia Pacific Banking Industry Outlook Report 2008

This year’s banking industry outlook report highlights the need for banks to diversify their sources of income; industry-wide consolidation and diversification into new business lines will shape financial services in the coming year; with 17 country capsules.


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Issue: 74
Goodbye Jackson Tai

Outgoing DBS CEO Jackson Tai says the bank needs a risk-taker to grow the business; includes a research report on Asia's stunted securitisation market; an interview with Centurion Bank of Punjab's CEO Rana Talwar on their unconventional investment strategy and his optimism with emerging market banks and.


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Issue: 73
Subprime collapse

We evaluate if Asian banks are capable of riding out the subprime mortgage storm currently afflicting the globe; an interview with Siam Commercial Bank's Vichi Suraphongchai on his bank's entry into the country's SME market.


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Issue: 72
The Asian Banker 300 2007-2008 Edition

Our list of the 300 largest banks by assets and the 300 strongest banks in the region; with 12 country capsules.


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Issue: 71
The Excellence in Retail Financial Service Awards 2007

The results of our retail banking awards, with 21 country capsules and profile on Retail Banker of the Year Mike DeNoma of Standard Chartered Bank.


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Issue: 70
How independent is your regulator?

Financial regulators weigh in on the delicate balance of transparency and the efficiency associated with independent funding; an interview with Mizuho Corporate Bank's chief executive Saito Hiroshi on the bank's need to expand its overseas client base.


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Issue: 69
First among equals

Our Asian Banker Leadership Achievement 2006 edition, celebrating the best bank CEOs, regulators and institutions; outstanding financial performance and determination in the pursuit of their vision and the ability to build a high calibre core management team are the hallmarks of the region’s best leaders.


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Issue: 68
Asia 50 best paid bank CEOs

Asia Pacific's top 50 best paid executives earned a hefty $83.4m; interview with HSBC Asia Pacific president and CEO Mike Smith on market opportunities and the challenges to spreading his operations more evenly around the region.


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Issue: 67
The Asian Pacific Banking Industry Outlook Report 2007

This year’s banking industry outlook report highlights an aggressive M&A landscape redrawing the banking map in many countries; with excess liquidity driving down lending margin, bond yield and fuelling commodity and share price, 2007 is looking to be a year to watch; with 17 country capsules.


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Issue: 66
Jiang Jianqing, the man behind the world's largest IPO

The story of ICBC chiarman Jiang Jianqing, the man who led his bank to the world's larget IPO; an interview with St. George Bank CEO Gail Kelly on focusing on staff accountability as a means to success.


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Issue: 65
Banking M&A in the Philippines

The changing landscape of the Philippine banking industry and Equitable PCI Bank chairperson Tessie Sy's fight to take competition to the next level; an interview with HDFC Bank managing director Aditya Puri on his plans to bring banking to the under banked.


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Issue: 64
The Asian Banker 300 2006 Edition

Our list of the 300 largest banks by assets and the 300 strongest banks in the region; with 11 country capsules.


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Issue: 63
Bank advertising spend

A feature on bank advertising spend including HSBC's $56 million Hong Kong advertising budget; an interview with Shinsei Bank's CEO Thierry Porte on the shift from a restructuring phase to a building one.


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Issue: 62
The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2006

The results of our retail banking awards, with 17 country capsules and profile on Retail Banker of the Year Masamoto Yashiro of Japan's Shinsei Bank.
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