A look at Asia Pacific's 500 strongest banks in 2017
The Asian Banker annually releases its AB500 ranking and survey of Asia Pacific's strongest banks, an evaluation that is based on a belief that a strong bank demonstrates long-term profitability from its core businesses. Let us take a look at this year's 500 strongest bank in the region.
Asia Pacific banks remain unfazed by asset quality pressure
Retail asset quality pressure will persist in the Asia Pacific region, due to slower economic growth and worse employment situations. However, the downside risk to banks’ retail asset quality will remain manageable, as regulators and banks continue their efforts to better manage credit risk.
Capital and liquidity improved in the Middle East
Although Middle Eastern banks experienced a contraction in profitability, their overall capitalisation and liquidity improved with the gradual adoption of Basel III regulations. In Africa, asset quality and capitalisation are the key concerns.
An unrelenting lack of normality
The annual Asian Banker 500 largest banks ranking does not only measure and track the numerical changes in asset size but also the fundamental transformation of these institutions as they confront an unprecedented level of disruption on various fronts; regulation, technology, competition and customer.
ICOs – From “bubble” to the future of fundraising?
Spurt in initial coin offerings over the last two years, with start-ups raising millions in minutes, have raised excitement and regulatory attention amidst fear of “bubble” and potential losses. This crowdfunding mechanism is still evolving towards more maturity, transparency and stronger market players.
The following sections outline our proprietary methodology, which subscribers can use as a guide to understand the various research notes and analysis.
One Big Question
The Asian Banker One Big Question is a debate held as part of our effort to solve practical problem that bankers across the region are facing.