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Asia Pacific banks remain unfazed by asset quality pressure
Date: Oct 20, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Research Note
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.
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Capital and liquidity improved in the Middle East
Date: Oct 18, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | AB500
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.
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Stronger balance sheets, weaker profits
Date: Oct 18, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | AB500
Despite the strength of their balance sheets, Asia Pacific banks continue to face massive challenges in growing profits, a conundrum created by modern capital rules.
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An unrelenting lack of normality
Date: Oct 17, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | AB500
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.
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Asia Pacific banks are leveraging on technology to remain competitive in a muted unsecured loan market
Date: Aug 08, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Research Note
Most Asia Pacific markets have witnessed a slowdown in unsecured consumer loan growth, as regulations tighten and more alternative lending options are made available to borrowers. To stay relevant, banks are slowly digitising the business while also closely monitoring credit quality.
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Enhancing operational efficiency and transforming mortgage experience through a cloud platform
Date: Jul 28, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Case Study
In the face of rising competition, China Merchants Bank's Cloud Mortgage platform brings a different mortgage experience to both borrowers and developers, significantly boosting mortgage processing efficiency.
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Mobile banking seen to overtake internet banking
Date: Jul 04, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Research Note
Asia Pacific markets have seen a shift towards digital banking during the past few years. Nowadays, banks are placing more effort on mobile banking, such as improving security and convenience of their applications and enhance the user experience to drive engagement in the channel.
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Retail banking asset structure differs widely by country in Asia Pacific
Date: May 15, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Research Note
Composition of retail banking assets among Asia Pacific countries shows that mature markets have a higher average share of mortgages in retail lending than emerging markets, while banks in emerging markets have expanded their mortgage lending at a stronger pace.



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