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Here's how FX trading has evolved

Wild currency swings can wreak havoc on your vacation. More than that, fluctuating currency rates can have profound impacts on the products you buy at home or abroad.
7 years ago

Here's how FX trading has evolved

Wild currency swings can wreak havoc on your vacation. More than that, fluctuating currency rates can have profound impacts on the products you buy at home or abroad.
7 years ago

What Singapore banks need to know to implement MAS Notice 643

The Monetary Authority of Singapore issued Notice 643 “Transactions with Related Parties” on 2 April 2013 which sets out the MAS requirements related to transactions between banks in Singapore and their Related Parties.
7 years ago

Why Asia-Pac banks smile in the face of Basel III Liquidity Ratios

Bankers everywhere are very familiar, and in one or two cases possibly slightly apprehensive, about the new liquidity and funding requirements that are the new Basel III regime. The acronyms themselves encompass some relatively straightforward arithmetic.
7 years ago

Trends in the investment management industry for 2014

In 2013, the finance industry in Asia continued to drive global economic growth, with key markets China and India leading the charge. Moving forward into 2014, Asia Pacific is expected to continue growing as a financial hub with more investment opportunities.
7 years ago

Why the clock is ticking for trade finance talents

Australia’s success as a trading nation is vitally dependent on the expertise of trade financiers and the quality of their products and services. But within the trade finance discipline is a “doomsday clock” which threatens to count down all the way to midnight.
7 years ago

What you need to know about International Bank Account Numbers

Asian Banking and Finance fraternity has come a long way in Banking Journey but many more milestones are yet to be achieved. One such milestone which is now in the process of being adopted across the Asian banks is that of IBAN (International Bank Account Numbers).
7 years ago

Here are the biggest IT challenges in financial services industry

In the financial services industry, market opportunities grow faster than IT budgets. Beyond financial institutions, other industries are also faced with the same challenges brought about by technology trends such as big data and social media.
7 years ago

The real special thing about banks

Every once in a while it’s worth reminding ourselves what banks are here for. Worth it because since the crash there has been so much nonsense written by every type of commentator on just this subject.
7 years ago

Why Asia should zero in on demand management

Asia is a region of great promise; predicted to account for over half of global output by the middle of the century. Yet as volatility remains in global supply chains, competition intensifies and consumersare ever demanding, best practice demand management is an imperative.
7 years ago

How to capture demand in rapid-growth markets

As banks seek growth, rapid-growth markets (RGMs) are a natural draw. In many RGMs, retail banks are growing as increasing affluence drives demand for more financial products and services. Corporate and investment banks are expanding, as government programs that are aimed at improving infrastructure and public services, and attracting foreign investment, create the conditions for business growth.
7 years ago

What you don't know about Indian Rupee volatility

The purpose of the article is to draw attention on the recent volatility in Indian Rupee, various hedging options and effective hedging strategies.
7 years ago

Hottest jobs in the Asian banking and finance sector

Staff movement is creating vacancy activity throughout the Asian finance and banking sector as people decide to change employers – giving us evidence that candidates are gaining confidence in the recovery of the banking industry as they explore their options and look for opportunities to develop their careers. Christine Wright, Operations Director for Hays in Asia, discusses the trends and current opportunities across the region from the latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots list.
7 years ago

Why debt ceiling vs. capacity debate is hot in Taiwan

When I was requested for comment about the government deficit of Taiwan recently, I told my friends that instead of government deficit, they should focus on the debt ceiling which limits the borrowing capacity of the government. It is because that deficit needs to be balanced by borrowing eventually.
7 years ago

Evolving Business Models in India’s Mutual Fund Industry

The Indian mutual fund industry has been going through turmoil in the last few years due to uncertain market conditions and regulatory changes. Many firms, predominantly foreign ones, have exited the industry since 2008.
7 years ago

Overcoming Asian fragmentation to improve standardisation and automation

As discussed in a previous post, the fragmented nature of Asia Pacific’s financial services market leads to numerous challenges for banks when trying to create a standardised approach to the processing of corporate actions.
8 years ago

Why we should rethink the ethics of finance

The changing landscape of finance is a huge subject so let’s start with a short history of banking (thanks here to Wikipedia).
8 years ago

Check out the most in demand jobs in Asia's banking and finance sector

There are still pockets of skills shortages throughout the Asian finance and banking sector – giving us evidence that employers are looking for people who can help them make informed business decisions, maintain costs and comply with regulations. 
8 years ago