The battle for Bank Asya

The battle for Bank Asya

Despite political football, the bank is still in the game

Regulation puts global banking in peril

Regulation puts global banking in peril

Don’t believe the G20 hype

Regulation: EU-US tensions remain over leverage ratio

Regulation: EU-US tensions remain over leverage ratio

January 2015

US officials are waging a war to promote the leverage ratio as a binding constraint on banks’ capital frameworks, further imperilling strategic planning for cross-border lenders.


  • Going digital could be a do-or-die challenge for banks

    It’s not enough simply to invest in technology infrastructure to bring down costs. Banks need to use digital products and services to reconnect with their customers.


  • Regulation: Banking's next big hits

    Regulation now utterly dominates the banking industry and will have an even bigger impact in 2015, not just on bank capital and returns but on the entire legal structure of the industry.


  • Investment banks pile into big data analytics

    Goldman invests in big data analytics platform; Deutsche makes key hires in analytics and data.


  • Macaskill on markets: Sunset approaches for the Sun King

    When JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon delivered the welcome news to employees that he had been given the all clear after a recent bout of throat cancer, senior managers in attendance rose to applaud.


  • Chile: Banks aim to repeat prosperous 2014

    Reforms will not require more capital; More challenging year ahead


  • Africa: Regional dreams spur banks and their clients

    Many of South Africa’s leading companies see a once-in-a-generation chance to build businesses across the continent. Banks in South Africa spy an opportunity too, by growing around the region alongside their clients. Can they make the most of it?


  • Investment banking: Ambitious locals up the ante in Asia

    The traditional players continued to fight it out for investment banking spoils in the Asia-Pacific region in 2014, but Chinese banks are on the rise and regionals are pushing for a bigger share of the pie.


  • TLAC: Fears for tiers

    As 2015 dawns, senior bankers are still poring over the implications of the Financial Stability Board’s proposals to boost their total loss absorbing capacity (TLAC) to ensure that beyond common equity, Additional Tier 1 capital and Tier 2 subordinated debt, banks still have enough liabilities on which losses can be imposed in the event of a failure so that taxpayers never again have to bail them out.


  • Russia risks derailing banks’ regional plans

    As Europe has stagnated since the financial crisis, Russia proved an invaluable source of returns for a handful of lucky western banking groups. But with Putin on the offensive, the rouble on the slide and recession on the horizon, its days as an engine of regional growth look to be over.


  • The battle for Bank Asya

    Turkey’s president has tried to kick of one of the country’s largest banks into touch, through public attacks and behind-the-scenes pressure. Despite becoming a political football, Bank Asya is still in the game. Can Turkey’s reputation in the west as a place to do business survive Erdogan’s continued, politically-motivated vendetta?


  • Why Erdogan’s attack on Bank Asya matters

    Three years ago, the leader of one of the world’s biggest countries almost called for a run on one of its biggest banks.


  • TLAC and bank M&A: Europe needs consolidation, not recapitalization

    Debt service costs will hit profits; regulators see M&A as the answer.


  • Myanmar: first-mover advantage?

    It is not often new countries open up to international banks. Nine lenders have recently received licences to operate in Myanmar. It gives them a ready advantage in a country that lacks some basic infrastructure.


  • Bank relationships: The risk of de-risking

    Global banks may feel that purging their correspondent banking relationships will help them de-risk, but they should beware the unintended consequences.


  • Correspondent banking cutbacks claim new victim

    The Central Bank of Seychelles has taken full control of one of nine banks on the Indian Ocean archipelago, in one of the clearest examples yet of the impact of global banks exiting correspondent banking relationships.


  • Banking: AQR aftermath throws up more questions for banks

    Investors greeted the European Central Bank’s asset quality review with little more than a shrug. They view it as merely the first step on a journey to enhanced and uniform bank supervision that might take a decade to complete. They are much more worried about the sustainability of banks’ business models and whether or not they can even earn enough to service their growing capital stack.


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