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More challenging times ahead for APAC banks
The Asian Banker observed a significant slowdown in banks’ profitability, liquidity and asset quality from last year, as the industry’s aggregate strength score also declined.

Oct 03, 2013 | Foo Boon Ping

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 we have introduced a forward-looking element called the “Bank Watch List” into the evaluation with the aim of providing a holistic 360 degree view of the ranking. Hong Kong banks again showed that they are the strongest in the region. Hang Seng Bank possesses the strongest bank balance sheet this year, on the back of stronger asset and profit growth, even as it maintained a high level of capital adequacy, asset quality and liquidity. Singapore and Malaysian banks such as OCBC, UOB and Maybank also achieved big leaps in this year’s ranking, moving into the Top 10 with solid performance across the six evaluation parameters.

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Categories: Asia Pacific, Asian Banker 500, Cash, Treasury & Trade, Operational Risk, Risk and Regulation, Trade Finance, Transaction Banking
Keywords: Sibos 2013, Hang Seng Bank, OCBC, UOB, Maybank, Liquidity Risk, Djohan Emir Setijoso, Bank Central Asia
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