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Research, analysis and opinions from Wendy Weng
The following in-depth research, analysis and opinion pieces by Wendy Weng.

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Is consumer finance becoming a larger part of retail banking?
Date: May 10, 2016   |   Author: Wendy Weng   |   Research Note
The contribution of consumer finance to the overall retail loans in Asia Pacific in 2015 ranged from 2% to 56%. Its share to retail loans has increased in markets like Indonesia but has declined in Hong Kong and Thailand. The growth of consumer finance per country also varied, slowing down in Taiwan and growing faster in the Philippines.
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Retail payment trends in Asia Pacific
Date: Feb 03, 2016   |   Author: Wendy Weng   |   Research Note
New payment options in the market are creating new opportunities, making competition fiercer, and reducing the use of cash and cheques.
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Calm before the storm
Date: Oct 30, 2015   |   Author: Wendy Weng   |   Research Note
Banks across the region continued to grow in 2014 but with headwinds in the horizon, conditions are expected to worsen
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Banking sector in good condition
Date: Oct 29, 2015   |   Author: Wendy Weng   |   Research Note
Despite considerable variations within the Middle East and Africa, the banking sector as a whole achieved good financial performance in 2014
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Chinese banks continue strong growth amid concerns over NPL
Date: Oct 01, 2014   |   Author: Wendy Weng   |   Research Note
China accounted for 44% of total assets of top 500 banks in APAC, however growing bad debt poses potential risk to banking sector.
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Asia Pacific bank M&A transactions totalled $13.9b in 2013
Date: Jan 09, 2014   |   Author: Wendy Weng   |   Research Note
Domestic deals dominated bank merger and acquisition activity in the region in 2013, while intra-regional and inter-regional deals also saw a significant increase.
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“No technology is going to replace the inquisitiveness of the regulator”
Date: Sep 25, 2013   |   Author: Wendy Weng   |   News Analysis
Mike Bodson, CEO at DTCC, discussing new threats facing the financial system at Sibos 2013, feels that while the global financial community is in a safer environment today, it can ill afford complacency.
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Hang Seng Bank tops AB500 rankings; AP banks generally well capitalised
Date: Sep 13, 2013   |   Author: Wendy Weng   |   Research Note
Asian banking industry’s aggregate strength declined in 2013, as performance in key parameters such as profitability growth, liquidity and asset quality moderated.

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