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“Malaysia is seen as a poster child for bond market development”
Date: Feb 24, 2014   |   Author: Syed Alwi Mohamed Sultan
Syed Alwi Mohamed Sultan, head of Islamic Banking, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Malaysia, feels that the spectacular growth of the Sukuk market is vindication of its viability as an alternative source of liquidity.
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News Analysis
“NPLs will remain low even when everybody is paying back through refinancing from other lenders”
Date: Oct 24, 2013   |   Author: Timothy Shim
Speaking at the World Capital Markets Symposium recently held in Malaysia, Lord Adair Turner, former chairman, FSA UK, said he did not feel NPL levels as being good forward indicators of any crisis looming.
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News Analysis
Willing participation key to unlocking ASEAN investment potential
Date: Oct 08, 2013   |   Author: Magessan Raj
Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand took one step closer to achieving regional capital market integration by agreeing to facilitate cross-border ASEAN CIS offering.
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News Analysis
Heightened bancassurance demand in emerging markets to drive bank-insurer partnerships
Date: Aug 21, 2013   |   Author: Magessan Raj
Citibank seeks to sell access of its Asian Pacific branch network to life insurers, as life insurance premiums in Asia’s emerging markets expected to grow 9.8% in 2013.
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Research Note
Sky-high household debt puts Malaysia’s economic growth at risk
Date: Jun 27, 2013   |   Author: Magessan Raj
Consumer debt in Malaysia stood at 80.5% of its GDP as of 2012, higher than the government debt level of 53%.
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Research Note
Heightened regulations and changing consumer mind-set challenge retail banking growth
Date: Mar 27, 2013   |   Author: Research
Retail banks in the Middle East and Asia Pacific will need to quickly shift from being account-focused to becoming more customer-centric so as to stay ahead of the curve.
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Research Note
Asia Pacific banking industry outlook 2013
Date: Feb 19, 2013   |   Author: Manu Bhaskaran
Regional economies are generally sound, with good long term prospects. While Asian banks grapple with new capital rules in the short term, they are likely to withstand long term stress to their operations.
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Case Study
CIMB standardises loan decisioning and credit scoring system to enhance risk management
Date: Jan 07, 2013   |   Author: Foo Boon Ping
Centralisation of CIMB’s business rules and scorecards created greater precision in retail credit loan evaluation and approval decision whilst streamlining workflow processes.
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Proceedings Report
Customisation and end-to-end information integration key focus of Malaysian transaction banks
Date: Dec 17, 2012   |   Author: Levina Lim
Proceedings report from The Asian Banker Breakfast Roundtable Dialogue on key trends and best practices in transaction banking, key areas of concern and investment focus among Malaysian transaction banks.

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