Trade Finance Survey 2019: Asia finds a block in blockchain

Trade Finance Survey 2019: Asia finds a block in blockchain

By CHRIS WRIGHT

After much talk and little action, the use of blockchain in trade finance is picking up, and Asia-Pacific is at the heart of that change – but despite progress, the many different consortia need to agree on some common ground to get things moving.

Inside Australia’s roaring fintechs

Inside Australia’s roaring fintechs

By ERIC ELLIS

Their numbers have soared from 100 in 2014 to more than 700 today – some firms will consolidate or be taken over, but most of them will fail; Asiamoney meets three startups that seem likely to stay the course.

The fight to run Australia’s finances

The fight to run Australia’s finances

By ERIC ELLIS

With five prime ministers and five treasurers in six years, Australia’s top two political offices have been likened to an AirBnB short-let, but with an election looming, can the new treasurer Josh Frydenberg keep his surging opponent Chris Bowen from again becoming the country’s top economic policymaker?

Regulators try to revive Korea’s equity capital markets

Regulators try to revive Korea’s equity capital markets

By ELLIOT WILSON

Scandals, unexpected delays and arcane regulations are just some of the reasons why the country’s IPO market proved a big disappointment in 2018 – now the top financial regulator wants to bring in new rules to lift the market.

Korea’s digital banks have two speeds: fast and faster

Korea’s digital banks have two speeds: fast and faster

By ELLIOT WILSON

Dark memories of the Asian financial crisis inform South Korea’s fear of chaos and wariness of financial technology, but the success of two online banks gives the country what it needs: fintech leaders it can respect and disruption it can embrace.

Citi goes for yin and Jan in Asia

Citi goes for yin and Jan in Asia

By MATTHEW THOMAS

Citi’s network banking model can sometimes sound rather old-fashioned; Jan Metzger, Citi’s CIB head in Asia Pacific, is a tech geek who can talk for hours about whatever is new – you know what they say about opposites…

Mongolia fends off Chinese bank suitors

Mongolia fends off Chinese bank suitors

By ELLIOT WILSON

China’s big lenders, led by Bank of China, want full access to Mongolia’s resource-rich market, but local regulators are desperate to keep them out, wary of Beijing’s rising power and influence, and keen to avoid a repeat of past mistakes.

Can the unthinkable become reality in Malaysia?

Can the unthinkable become reality in Malaysia?

Since May, when the country had its 'Berlin Wall moment' – putting an end to its virtual one-party state – economic and political signs have been positive… but inevitably there are looming flashpoints.