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Public Bank CEO Tay Ah Lek overtakes DBS CEO Piyush Gupta as the Asia Pacific’s…

Tay Ah Lek saw a 6.5% rise in total remuneration to $9.2 million in 2020 despite the pandemic, which was 250 times the average pay Public Bank’s employees received.

     
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Ethereum dominates DeFi market, while Terra overtakes BSC as the second largest…

Ethereum, Terra and Binance Smart Chain (BSC), the top three largest DeFi blockchain networks, represented 76.5% of all DeFi activity. Ethereum is facing stiff competition from other DeFi blockchains and is moving to Ethereum 2.0.

     
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Saudi’s Al Rajhi Bank delivered highest ROA in Middle East, while National Bank…

Al Rajhi Bank and National Bank of Egypt have emerged as the strongest bank in the Middle East and Africa respectively. Across the region, the average ROA of banks fell to 0.9% in 2020 from 1.6% in the year earlier, while their capitalisation…

     
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Alibaba and JD.com posted record Double 11 sales of $139 billion despite tech…

Alibaba and JD.com continue to set new sales records during the Double 11 shopping event, although growth decelerated amid China’s slowing economy and stringent technology sector scrutiny. Sustainability and inclusiveness have become key…

     
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ICBC still largest bank in the world as assets grew 10.7%

The top ten remained largely unchanged in the ranking of the largest banks in Asia Pacific, while HSBC slipped two places to rank 13th due to the stronger growth of Chinese banks and the appreciation of the RMB against the US dollar.

     
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Al Rajhi Bank’s $2.8 billion profit almost quarter of the 100 largest Islamic…

Saudi Arabia-based Al Rajhi Bank retained its position as the largest and strongest Islamic bank in the world, with total assets amounting to $125 billion in 2020. The aggregate total assets of the 100 largest Islamic banks in the world…

     
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Bank of China (Hong Kong) retains strongest bank ranking in Asia Pacific despite…

The financial performance of the Hong Kong and Singapore banking sectors remained relatively strong. The COVID-related relief measures eased the short-term pressure on banks’ asset quality and capital adequacy.

     
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Almost 40% of current unicorns were created in the first eight months of 2021

The number of unicorns has increased dramatically amid a surge in venture capital investments, making 2021 a record year for privately held startup companies achieving unicorn status.

     



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